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Overview

The Digital Government Summit brings together technology focused public-sector professionals with leading industry partners to connect on innovative approaches, get inspired and discover new technologies. Join us and let’s improve the future of government together!

A message from our Keynote Speaker

Speakers

Jonathan Behnke

Jonathan Behnke

Chief Information Officer, City of San Diego

Jonathan Behnke is the Chief Information Officer for the City of San Diego. He has over 20 years of IT experience managing and implementing technology for a broad range of industries including public sector, contract services, oil, construction, automotive, distribution, consulting, and manufacturing.
In Jonathan’s current role he is responsible for the technology strategy and operations for America's eighth largest City including data center, network, voice, public safety wireless communications, web services, enterprise applications, portfolio management, cybersecurity, GIS, and data analytics in support of over 10,000 users and 1.4 million citizens.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for SanGIS, a joint powers authority between the City and County of San Diego responsible for maintaining a regional GIS land base and data warehouse. In support of CA Governor's Office of Emergency Services, he also serves on the California Cybersecurity Task Force.

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Mary Kelly, PhD

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Former Commander, US Navy

Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over twenty years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. She has master’s degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics. Mary has more than twenty years combined teaching experience at the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Hawaii Pacific University. She has extensive experience in business coaching, management, economics, government, organizational leadership, communication, organizational growth, teamwork, strategic planning, human resources, customer service, time management, and project development. Mary has written thirteen books on leadership, productivity, business planning, and personal finance to help people and organizations at all levels. Mary Kelly has published more than 500 articles and is a frequent guest on media programs. She was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Mike Driessen

Mike Driessen

Vice President, Government Technology

Mike Driessen is a Vice President for Government Technology and the Publisher for Industry Insider.  He is responsible for managing the strategy and operations for all recurring revenue services including GovTech Industry Navigator, a market and sales intelligence tool for private-sector SLED teams, and GovTech Industry Insider which provides daily news and insights into gov tech markets.   
Mike brings over 30 years of experience in IT consulting and systems integration with firms like Accenture, Grant Thornton and Hitachi Consulting.  His experience covers sales and marketing leadership, advising on digital strategies, and managing enterprise application alliances and implementations.  He has managed both large global teams and led start-ups. Mike lives in Los Angeles, although he grew up in the Midwest, and graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration.

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Roger Billings

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Director and Principal Architect, Emerging Technologies, Cradlepoint

As a Director and Principal Architect at Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered wireless edge solutions, Roger leverages his 35+ years of experience in network architecture and design to help lead the technical strategy group for 5G and AI within the company. He develops multi-vendor business solutions with a focus on cellular technologies, and explores and evaluates new and emerging technologies, such as next-generation SD-WAN, SASE, Private Cellular, AI, and the upcoming 6G technologies that will be deployed by network operators around the world. Roger's mission is to enable and empower enterprises and organizations to leverage the power and potential of 5G and beyond, and to create innovative and impactful solutions that transform the wireless edge.

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Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly

Chief Information Security Officer, Information Technology, City of San Diego

Brendan Michael Daly is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of San Diego, CA where he develops and implements security architecture, risk management, security policy and leads cross-functional teams in support of the City’s Strategic Plan. Brendan has 25 years of experience delivering IT services in the Public Sector. Additionally, Brendan serves as the Cyber Lead for the San Diego Regional Cyber Lab and Advisor to the Board of Directors for the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence. He holds a BS in Natural Resources Management and a MS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland. Brendan is an ISACA Certified Information Security Manager and holds professional certificates in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Insider Threat Management and Cybersecurity Awareness.

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Charles Elliot

Charles Elliot

Field CTO and Practice Lead, Google

Charles Elliot is a Field CTO and Practice Lead within Google Cloud dedicated to empowering state, local, and education customers with cutting-edge AI solutions. His expertise lies in leveraging Google Cloud's vast capabilities to transform public services, accelerate research and scale development teams. With over 15 years of experience in Big Data, Analytics, and AI, Charles has a proven track record of helping clients design and implement innovative cloud-based solutions that streamline government operations, enhance community engagement, and optimize workloads.  Charles is also a trusted technical advisor to research institutions and actively champions the integration of cloud technologies in government and academic advisory boards.

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Dennis Gakunga

Dennis Gakunga

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista

As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista, Dennis leads the City’s Office of Sustainability and Smart City campaign. His responsibilities include managing the implementation of a wide range of sustainability programs and smart city initiatives. His previous experience includes serving as a department director and assistant director for multiple municipalities and public agencies in Texas and California. Dennis has also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and PWC Consulting. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Sciences from the University of Texas, Arlington.

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Dr. Angela Hemingway

Dr. Angela Hemingway

Senior Manager, K-12 Education, T-Mobile

Dr. Angela Hemingway spent 21 years teaching in STEM classrooms at the high school and collegiate levels. After winning numerous teaching awards, Governor Otter appointed her as the first Executive Director of the Idaho STEM Action Center, focusing on educator professional development, business and industry partnerships, and digital inclusion. She has been nominated for Idaho Woman of the Year for five years and was named the Idaho CEO of Influence in 2020. She recently transitioned to serve as an Education Advisor for T-Mobile, focusing on educational policies to scale digital inclusion on a national level. She serves as an expert on policies including the Affordable Connectivity Program, the Emergency Connectivity Fund, and campus security.

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Agenda

Thursday, June 27

8:00 am Pacific

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

South and West Foyer

9:00 am Pacific

Opening Remarks

Great Room IV/V

Jonathan Behnke, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, City of San Diego

9:15 am Pacific

Keynote – Charting Your Course: A Global Perspective on Team Development and Leadership

Great Room IV/V

In today’s dynamic landscape, leaders must remain attuned to emerging trends and stay ahead of new developments to effectively guide their teams through times of transformation. What valuable insights can we glean from how governments and organizations worldwide approach challenges? And how does this impact our work in the public sector? This session explores pressing topics such as change management, the role of Artificial Intelligence in our daily lives, and strategies for upskilling your teams. In her timely keynote address, Dr. Mary Kelly offers actionable takeaways, helping you assess your current position on the ever-evolving tech roadmap and how to empower your team with necessary tools for progress.

Mary Kelly, PhD, Former Commander, US Navy

10:15 am Pacific

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

South and West Foyer

10:45 am Pacific

Concurrent Sessions

Pioneering Smart AI Integration in Government

Great Room VI/VII

The integration of AI into the public sector poses both opportunities and challenges. How can public agencies harness the benefits of AI while ensuring robust governance and security? Discuss the development of smart AI policies and practical use cases that enhance service delivery and operational efficiency. Explore frameworks for seamlessly adopting AI, with a focus on real-life applications from cybersecurity to enhanced digital services for residents. Learn to think strategically and deploy AI effectively, maximizing its potential across various public sector functions.

Moderator: Ian Brazill, Assistant Deputy Director, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Jonathan Behnke, Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Roger Billings, Director and Principal Architect, Emerging Technologies, Cradlepoint, Inc.

Brendan Daly, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Charles Elliot, Field CTO and Practice Lead, Google

Jiri Rutner, Homelessness Solutions Enterprise Manager, City of San Jose

Strategies for Mastering Digital Transformation

Great Room II/III

Digital transformation presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities for modernizing public sector IT infrastructure. How do organizations adapt legacy systems to new technologies while maintaining security and efficiency? Explore strategies for integrating innovative solutions into existing frameworks, highlighting key considerations in both technical execution and policy formulation. Gain insights into effective digital transformation practices and understand how to strategically navigate the complexities of upgrading and securing digital infrastructures in a connected world.

Moderator: Mike Driessen, Vice President, Government Technology

Chris Bennett, Deputy Director, Public Utilities, City of San Diego

Serena Blanks, Assistant Deputy Director, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Unlocking the Power of Regional Data Collaboration

Great Room I

Regional data sharing initiatives are transforming how public agencies operate, enhancing decision-making and service delivery through collaborative efforts. How can diverse agencies leverage shared data resources to improve regional outcomes? Explore the impact of pooling resources like aerial imagery and GIS data across multiple entities and delve into the technical and strategic aspects of establishing and maintaining robust data-sharing agreements. Together, we can harness the collective power of shared data.

Moderator: Corey Bruins, National Conference Director, Government Technology

Scott Daeschner, GIS Manager, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

11:45 am Pacific

Lunch

Great Room IV/V

12:45 pm Pacific

Bits and Bytes – Fortifying San Diego: Insights from the Regional Cyber Lab

Great Room IV/V

The San Diego Regional Cyber Lab stands as a cornerstone of cybersecurity in the region, driven by a collaborative mission to enhance security awareness and preparedness. How was this pioneering initiative established, and what impact has it had on the local community and beyond? This panel discussion will bring together the leaders who play key roles in the Cyber Lab, sharing the compelling story of its inception and the strategic partnerships that have shaped its success. Explore how the lab is bolstering regional cybersecurity resilience through shared intelligence, tools, and cutting-edge training environments designed to simulate and defend against cyberattacks.

Moderator: Corey Bruins, National Conference Director, Government Technology

Ian Brazill, Assistant Deputy Director, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Brendan Daly, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

1:05 pm Pacific

Short Break

Please proceed to the concurrent sessions.

1:15 pm Pacific

Concurrent Sessions

Bridging the Divide: Advancing Digital Equity

Great Room VI/VII

Digital equity is a critical priority as technology increasingly shapes every aspect of public life. What are the key barriers to digital access and how can we effectively address them to ensure equitable opportunities for all San Diegans? Explore the strategies and initiatives aimed at closing the digital divide and learn about successful partnerships and programs that have made significant impacts across the region, as well as the role of policy in fostering an inclusive digital environment. By focusing on both the challenges and solutions, attendees will leave equipped with the tools and insights needed to promote digital equity in our region.

Moderator: Kelsey Baird, Digital Equity Coordinator, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista

Angela Hemingway, Sr. Manager, K-12 Education, T-Mobile for Government

Terry Loftus, Assistant Superintendent & Chief Information Officer, San Diego County Office of Education

Maiten Mowreader-Uteras, SD Access 4 All Coordinator, Department of Information Technology, City of San Diego

Empowering Resident Engagement through Open Data

Great Room II/III

As government data becomes increasingly accessible, the challenge shifts to effectively leveraging open data for enhanced transparency and access. What systems and supports are necessary to not only host data but also encourage its active use for civic engagement? By exploring real-life examples, this session will highlight the transformative potential of open data, illustrating how it enables faster access to information and empowers residents to make informed decisions. This discussion aims to envision the future of public governance, promoting efficiency and public participation.

Moderator: Corey Bruins, National Conference Director, Government Technology

Bryan Olsen, Open Data Program Coordinator, Performance and Analytics, City of San Diego

Matt Wood, Short-Term Residential Occupancy Program Manager, City Treasurer, City of San Diego

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

Great Room I

Hosted by: Jonathan Behnke, Chief Information Officer, City of San Diego and Brendan Daly, Chief Information Security Officer, City of San Diego

2:15 pm Pacific

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

South and West Foyer

2:35 pm Pacific

General Session – The State of AI in GovTech: Exploring the Future

Great Room IV/V

Presented by the Center for Public Sector AI, this keynote presentation delves into the present status of Artificial Intelligence in the GovTech sector, offering a detailed examination of AI's applications within state and local governments. We will explore AI's potential future paths in GovTech, highlighting emerging trends and discussing how technology and policy leaders can prepare for AI's impact on service delivery. We will address starting points for AI implementation, stressing the importance of collaboration, ethical considerations, and equitable technology access. This forward-looking talk will equip attendees with a thorough understanding of AI's trajectory in GovTech, providing practical insights to effectively leverage AI for public sector innovation and advancement.

Mike Driessen, Vice President, Government Technology

3:45 pm Pacific

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

South and West Foyer

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.

4:15 pm Pacific

End of Conference

Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.

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7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 297-5466

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Jonathan Behnke
Chief Information Officer
Department of Information Technology
City of San Diego

Christopher Bennett
Deputy Director
Public Utilities
City of San Diego

Serena Blanks
Assistant Deputy Director of Architecture and Engineering
City of San Diego

Kirby Brady
Chief Innovation Officer
City of San Diego

Jose Cisneros
Director
Information and Technology Services
City of Chula Vista

Brendan Daly
Chief Information Security Officer
City of San Diego

David Graham
Chief Technology Officer
City of Carlsbad

Arlo Magpantay
Deputy Director
Enterprise Applications
City of San Diego

Joejay Santos
Information Technology Manager
San Diego County

Michael Watson
Information Technology Manager
City of La Mesa

Industry Representatives

Gary Hensley
Industry Segment Advisor
T-Mobile

Tim Hunt
Regional Sales manager
Cradlepoint

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: June 27, 2024

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Heather Earney.

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Tabbie Pegoda
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1411
E-mail: tpegoda@erepublic.com

For assistance or questions concerning Sponsor Logos or Logistics please contact:

Mireya Gaton
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 296-2617
E-Mail: mgaton@govtech.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1339
E-mail: heather.earney@erepublic.com

Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley

7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 297-5466

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Parking

Government Technology has arranged for complimentary self-parking for event attendees.
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/sdgo-dt-doubletree-san-diego-mission-valley/


Accommodations:

Government Technology has a group block established at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley. Please reference the “San Diego Digital Government Summit” when making your room reservations to receive our group rate over the phone or click on the Group Reservation Link.
Rate: $169.00 single/double
Cut-off Date: 5/26/24