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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

Texas’ public sector IT community is continuing to enhance and secure the government experience for those they serve. This year’s Texas Digital Government Summit will provide government IT professionals the opportunity to gain valuable insight into key technologies in the public sector and leave with actionable takeaways to improve their organizations. As evidenced by past Summits, the sharing and collaboration between all facets of the IT community during these events is extraordinary. I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this exceptional event!

– John Hoffman, Deputy State Chief Information Officer, State of Texas

Speakers

Amanda Crawford

Amanda Crawford

Executive Director and State Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Amanda Crawford is the Executive Director of DIR and serves as the Chief Information Officer for the State of Texas. In this role, she is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and daily operations of DIR, an agency with an annual fiscal profile of more than $4 billion per year. DIR's responsibilities include protecting the state's data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-billion-dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government. Under Mandy’s leadership, DIR led the state’s successful response to the 2019 ransomware attack that affected over 20 local government entities in Texas and secured the transition to the next-generation suite of managed IT services offered through DIR’s Shared Technology Services program.
Prior to leading the team at DIR, Mandy served at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas (OAG) for more than 17 years. She held various positions at the OAG, including ultimately serving for two and a half years as the Deputy Attorney General for Administration and General Counsel. Mandy also served as a faculty member for the National Attorneys General Training Research Institute’s Center for Leadership Development, teaching managerial leadership across the country.
Mandy earned her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Center for Executive Development through the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. 

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Sharon Gai

Sharon Gai

Keynote Speaker and Author

Sharon Gai is an international female keynote speaker for corporations, associations and the public sector. Using her unique background from the east and west, she works with leaders worldwide to understand how to adopt AI into their workflows to increase productivity and efficiency. In her tenure at Alibaba, she advised brands and heads of state in crafting their digital strategy with programmatic marketing and AI. She has been the keynote speaker at TEDx, Singularity University, UBS, Deloitte, LVMH, Nestle, Ecomworld, and Etail. She is in the AAE list of Top Keynote Speakers in 2023. She is also one of 2024’s RETHINK Retail’s Top Retail Expert and a LinkedIn Top Voice in Public Speaking 2023. She has appeared on Bloomberg, ABC, CBC, CCTV, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, Wired, and The Next Web. She is the author of the book, Ecommerce Reimagined. Sharon has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University.

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Tanya Acevedo

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Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Capital Metro

Tanya Acevedo is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Capital Metro in Austin, Texas, with three decades of technology experience, Tanya Acevedo has a proven track record of establishing the technology vision and leading innovative strategies that add value, increase revenue opportunities, and ultimately decrease costs of service, for large organizations. Her prior roles included the CIO for Miami Dade College, Houston Airports and Travis County, Texas.
Tanya holds a Master of Business Administration in Information Systems and in 2021 Tanya was recognized as a Public Sector finalist by the Houston CIO of the Year ORIBE awards, in 2017 she was listed in Government Technology magazine as a Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Driver, and in 2016 she received the Texas Public Sector, Chief Information Officer of the Year.

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Cody Autrey

Cody Autrey

Manager, Cybersecurity Risk Management, The Texas A&M University System

Cody Autrey is the manager of the Cyber Risk Management Team and former Threat Intelligence Analyst for the Texas A&M University System Office of Cybersecurity and Tx-ISAO partner with Statewide Security Services. Cody served as a Combat Engineer in the United States Army and Tactical Explosive Detection Dog Handler during Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his military career, Cody worked for the U.S. Department of State as a liaison to the Iraqi Army’s intelligence division as a subject matter expert on hazardous explosive devices and human intelligence.
Cody has a bachelors’ degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from American Military University, and a graduate of Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service with Executive Master of Public Service and Administration.

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John Azariah

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Sr. Solutions Engineer, Cloudera Government Solutions

John Azariah has worked in the technology sector for over 20 years and is a Solutions Engineer with Cloudera since 2019, during this time he has been helping government customers with their data management strategies including modernization , analytics and governance  with Cloudera's Hybrid Data Platform. Prior to Cloudera, John has also worked at Oracle and Accenture consulting where he was involved in architecting high performing data warehouses and mission critical business applications. He has also played instrumental consulting roles in large global platform modernization and digital transformation projects across various industry sectors. John holds an MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M university.

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Wendy Barron

Wendy Barron

Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services Division, Department of Motor Vehicles, State of Texas

Wendy Barron serves as the Chief Information Officer of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV), a customer focused agency that provides motor vehicle services, including registration and titling, to the citizens of Texas. As the Department’s technology leader, Wendy is helping to build strategic partnerships across and outside the organization to deliver customer-centric motor vehicle services to the TxDMV constituents.
Wendy has managed information technology projects and operations at Texas government organizations for over 20 years. Her prior leadership roles include serving as the Deputy CIO of the TxDMV and leading the Information Technology Divisions of the State Office of Administrative Hearings and the Texas Water Development Board. In the early days of her career, Wendy served in various information technology roles including as a data analyst, systems analyst, and project manager.
Wendy has a BBA in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Public Administration, both from Texas State University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional.
In her off time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband and being a mom to her elementary-aged son. She also enjoys the outdoors and helping her family run their cattle ranch in the Texas Hill Country.

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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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Chris Bunton

Chris Bunton

Chief Information Officer, Department of Agriculture, State of Texas

Chris Bunton is a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of experience and a passion for sharing knowledge.
Chris is a state IT Leader who has been sharing his real-life industry experience with IT professionals for over 20 years. He brings real-life industry and private sector experience, with an in-depth ability to apply technical concepts to reality. During the last 15 years, he has held Infrastructure Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) positions for the state. He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Texas Department of Agriculture. He has also served on several advisory panels, including the Technical Advisory Panel for TxDOT, Security Advancement Forum for the Enterprise (SAFE) for DADS, and the Interview Panel for ACC's Provost. Additionally, he has been a part of the IT Leadership Committee, served on the Cybersecurity Counsel, and is a member of the Digital Government Advisor Board. Chris holds a bachelor’s in Computers Science degree and an Associates in Business Administration.
Chris enjoys sharing technical expertise to help people utilize technology for advancement. He has a passion for customer service and helps Texans!

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Marie Cohan

Marie Cohan

Statewide Digital Accessibility Program Administrator, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Marie Cohan leads the Statewide Digital Accessibility Program at the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) working with Texas agencies and institutions of higher education to ensure they have the resources and tools needed to provide accessible technology to all Texans. For over 20 years, Marie’s experience includes managing technology projects and compliance programs, management consulting, and co-founding two ERP consulting firms. She has a BBA in Accounting and Management Information Systems from the University of Texas system and several professional certifications.

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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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Elliot Flautt

Elliot Flautt

Director, State Data Solutions, Tyler Technologies 

Elliot is a technical leader behind Tyler Technologies' initiatives on behalf of high-profile government organizations to help them manage, share, and explain their data more effectively. Elliot is an expert on cross-organizational data sharing, data analytics and visualization, and data standards. He also brings deep experience using data visualizations to help non-data savvy users understand data, and he trains government employees, developers and data scientists on how to use APIs and web visualization frameworks together.

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Heather Hall

Heather Hall

Chief Information Officer, Texas Workforce Commission

Heather Hall serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Her 19-year state career includes serving as the Director for Strategic Decision Support at the Health and Human Services Commission, the Project Management Office Director, Deputy CIO and CIO at the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS); Project Manager at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; and other roles within DADS, Department of Human Services, and Office of the Attorney General.
Throughout her career, Heather has volunteered her time and professional skills to several professional organizations including Project Management Institute (PMI), Austin Chapter (President, Vice President of External Services, and Professional Development Day Director); Executive Women in Texas Government (Vice President/Conference Chair and Communications Director); and State Agency Coordinating Committee, IT Subcommittee (Vice Chair and Chair).
Heather is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Baylor University, a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from The University North Texas.

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Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler

President, e.Republic

Dustin Haisler is the President of e.Republic - the nation's leading state and local government data, media, and events company - and the parent company of Government Technology, Governing, and the Center for Digital Government. He is also active in the academic and research community, serving as co-lead of the Center for Public Sector AI, an Eisenhower Fellow (2019 Zhi-Xing Program), board member of the Good Governance Worldwide Academic Journal, and Program Faculty for the Certified Public Management Program (CPM) at Texas State University.
As the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Assistant City Manager for the City of Manor, Texas, Dustin quickly built a reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. He pioneered government use of commercial technologies not previously used in the public sector, including open innovation, Quick-Response (QR) barcodes, crowdsourcing, and gamification. Recognized as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for government technology, he was also named a Business Transformation 150 Leader by Constellation Research. His work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, the Today Show on NBC, The Economist, CNN, Fortune, and Citizenville by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Most recently, Dustin has led initiatives to help public sector agencies safely adopt and integrate artificial intelligence technologies through public speaking, research, training, expert testimonies, and the development of AI tools.
Dustin graduated Magna Cum Laude from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has conducted research with universities around the globe on incubating next-generation technologies in government, including the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University and the University of Trento, Italy. He is a frequent speaker and expert advisor who collaborates with Fortune 500 companies, investors, government agencies, academia, startups, and non-profits worldwide on the global govtech market, public sector technology trends, and artificial intelligence development.

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Asim Iqbal

Asim Iqbal

Chief Technology Officer, CDW Government

Asim’s role as CTO is fueled by his vast experience in security, storage, and resilience. In his most recent roles he was integral to the implementation for The Common Application and complete migration of Harvard Business Review’s Primary and DR data center to AWS. He maintains a strong personal interest in frictionless technical designs focused on end-user happiness and employee satisfaction, still thinks that ‘Data Availability Architect’ (from his early days working with HPE) is the coolest certification title ever and is an ex-CISSP.

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Kerrica Laake

Kerrica Laake

Chief Information Officer, City of Austin

Kerrica has over 30 years of local government experience and for over twenty years she has successfully engaged leadership teams, stakeholders, customers, staff, and vendors to create innovative, customer driven, community focused technology solutions for the Austin community. 
As the Chief Information Officer for the City of Austin, she focuses on digital transformation efforts that will help the city modernize its technology portfolio and improve the digital experience for employees, the community and business operations. Additionally, her teams provide the core IT services that the City depends on daily.
Kerrica is a University of Texas alumna and she’s active in the Austin technology community serving as an advisor to the SIM (Society for Information Management) Austin Board of Directors and sits on the ACC Continuing Education IT Advisory Board. She was awarded the Statescoop Local IT Leader of the Year Award in 2023.

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Gabriele

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Chief Customer Officer, Granicus

G joined Granicus in 2022 bringing 25 years of executive leadership in customer experience, success, and support with technology companies like Microsoft and Amazon who deliver world-class experiences serving billions of customers globally. An evangelist and thought leader, he is host of #GPoV on Linkedin Live, frequent keynote speaker, and advisory board member for CCW – world’s largest customer contact event series.

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Richard Morse

Richard Morse

Senior CIRT Analyst / Threat Researcher, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Richard is a senior CIRT analyst and threat researcher for DIR. He protects cybersecurity assets across the state by supporting cybersecurity incident detection, incident response activities, threat assessments, and provides actionable cyber threat intelligence.
Prior to joining DIR, Richard served as the Information Security Officer (ISO) for the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA) where he was responsible for managing the information security program for OCA and numerous Judicial entities throughout the state.
He began his career in cybersecurity as a Communication and Information Officer with the United States Air Force. Richard has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from New Mexico State University and a Master of Art’s in Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University.

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Carlos Rivero

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Executive Government Advisor, Amazon Web Services

As an executive government advisor, Carlos is a public sector data practice subject matter expert who specializes in helping organizations leverage data to make informed, actionable decisions. He also works with Chief Data Officers, Geospatial Information Officers, and other data leaders to develop mission-driven data programs.
Prior to joining Amazon Web Services (AWS), Carlos gained 27 years of experience in federal and state government and higher education. Carlos was the first Chief Data Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his tenure, he helped former-Governor Northam, his executive team, and public health and emergency management professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by leveraging data-driven intelligence products to help keep Virginians safe.
In Virginia, Carlos developed a statewide data program that leveraged the data trust as the legal framework to facilitate data sharing across public and private entities. The data program featured a secure cloud-based data sharing platform as the technical implementation of the data trust. He also established a centralized entity resolution service mapping individuals across multiple data systems supporting longitudinal studies. Carlos also provided an enterprise reporting system to facilitate the development and delivery of data-driven intelligence products to internal and external stakeholders. Lastly, he implemented the governance structure which facilitated engagement among leaders across the organization from agency data stewards to state senators in the data conversation.
Carlos also served as Chief Data Officer and Chief Enterprise Architect for the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration in Washington, D.C. Prior to these roles, Rivero worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida, as a physical scientist and as a research associate at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. This is where he developed a passion for geospatial information systems, ecological modeling, and data.
Carlos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Florida International University. He received a Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Saint Joseph’s University, focusing on database design, data management, business intelligence, big data, and data analytics.
Carlos enjoys traveling the US with his wife, daughter, and dogs in their RV and participates in outdoor activities everywhere he goes.

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Anh Selissen

Anh Selissen

Chief Information Officer, Department of Transportation, State of Texas

Anh Selissen serves as the Chief Information Officer at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with a $500 plus million annual information technology portfolio. Anh has served as the Chief Information Officer for TxDOT since September 2019. In this position, Anh serves as a principal technology advisor to TxDOT’s Executive Director and the senior leadership team. She leads the department’s efforts to transform TxDOT by implementing smart technology solutions, promoting innovation, and strengthening TxDOT’s cybersecurity. She is responsible for transforming the agency’s technology services to exceed the expectations of the customers to meet the mission of the agency – Connecting you with Texas.
Anh has led information technology organizations in both the public and private sectors. She previously held positions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NuStats Inc., Director of Enterprise Systems at the University of Texas at Austin, and Deputy CIO at the Texas Comptroller’s Office. In each of her leadership roles, Anh has built a diverse range of experience working across the organization to deliver IT services to meet the needs of the organization and customer community. She is passionate about providing strong customer service and strives to work with her team to provide strong support and services to the organization and their customers. This has resulted in improved interactions with the end user communities and positive positioning of the organizations. Among several professional affiliations, Anh is on the AASHTO Transportation Technology Committee. She served two years as President of the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications, and IT Chair of the State Agency Coordinating Council.
Most recently in April 2023, Anh received a State Leadership of the Year award from StateScoop 50. In 2022, Anh was awarded the Trailblazer Award by the CIO Roundtable 2022. She was named one of the 2021 Boss Ladies by the non-profit, Austin Women in Technology. She received the 2021 IT Executive of the Year Award sponsored by Society of Information Management (SIM) Austin. In 2020 under Anh’s leadership, the Information Technology Division was awarded the TxDOT Grit Award for exemplary performance during the agency’s ransomware event. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Austin Women in Technology - Women in Tech Excellence Award also sponsored by SIM.

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Bob Smock

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Technical Counselor, Cyber Security, Info-Tech Research Group

Located in Houston, Texas, Mr. Smock is a senior cybersecurity advisor and consultant with a career that spans more than 40 years. His experience includes senior leadership as well as operational roles for large, complex, life-mission critical security programs. Combining 17 years of operational experience as CISO with the NASA Space Shuttle Program, as well as 13 years as the head of Gartner’s Cyber Security Consulting Practice for North America Public Sector, he has conducted and led more than 2,000 operational security program evaluations as both practitioner and consultant across numerous industry verticals.
Mr. Smock holds CISSP, CISM, and PMP professional certifications, and has working knowledge of mapping security program outcomes to national and international government and industry standards and frameworks including: ISMA, FIPS, RMF, CMMC, PIV-ICAM, NIST CSF, NIST SP 800-series, CIS Top 20, ISO 27001, ITSG-33, and others.
Bob has degrees in Computer Science and Electronics Engineering from Texas A&M University, is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, a graduate of the US Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and an adjunct professor/industry advisor of cybersecurity for the University of Houston.

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Global Legacy Modernization Lead, Avanade

Adam Wengert leads Avanade’s global Legacy Modernization business and is excited at the opportunity to bring all of our experience, tools and resources to bear to help clients address the challenges and opportunities in their current technology estates. Adam scoffs at the idea that generative AI will make all tech debt go away with one well-worded prompt to a highly tuned LLM. At the same time, he wont be making saddles as we watch the Ford Model-T go by the window. His team is embracing, and out on the leading edge, of how to really integrate the amazing things that GenAI can do - like understanding legacy code bases and helping to create connections humans would struggle to see - while ensuring that things like code conversion happen deterministically with tools (like Avanade’s AMT platform) that are well-known and aren't going to hallucinate. Working closely with Microsoft on maximizing the value of their cloud ecosystem for our clients - Azure, Dynamics, PowerApps, and the transformative impact of Microsoft Fabric for a space like legacy transformation - and helping clients take advantage of the huge investments made with solutions like Copilot and Azure OpenAI - are all part of Adam and his team's focus. Adam’s hope is to help clients and our partners better understand their options and make great decisions for their businesses.

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Agenda

Wednesday, May 22

8:00 am Central

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

JW Grand Ballroom Lobby and Salon 5

9:00 am Central

Opening Remarks

JW Grand Ballroom Salons 6/7/8

Amanda Crawford, Executive Director and State Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

9:15 am Central

Keynote – Leading the AI Revolution: IT's New Role in Global Public Sector Innovation

JW Grand Ballroom Salons 6/7/8

AI is reshaping everything and IT leaders in government and public sector organizations stand at a pivotal juncture. Traditionally viewed as reactive and slower to innovate than the private sector, the public sector is now uniquely positioned to take a hands-on stance in AI implementation. To do that, we need to understand how IT departments can anticipate and address business needs proactively. In this whirlwind session, digital transformation and AI expert, Sharon Gai, will take us on a journey around the world. Starting from the bustling streets of Hangzhou to the high-tech healthcare facilities of Tokyo, and finally to the classrooms of New York. Through this session, government leaders will understand the myriad ways AI is redefining society and be equipped with actionable insights, aiding them in harnessing the full potential of AI for the betterment of their communities.

Sharon Gai, Keynote Speaker & Author

10:15 am Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

JW Grand Ballroom Lobby and Salon 5

10:45 am Central

Concurrent Sessions

Cutting Edge Tech to Protect!

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 1

Bad actors have more tools at their disposal than ever before and staying on top of them has proven to be the challenge of our day. What does the current threat landscape look like? Are there new tools and tactics we can deploy to strengthen our security posture? Join this session to learn more about how the public sector is leveraging new technologies to enhance their cybersecurity protections.

Moderator: Richard Morse, Senior CIRT Analyst / Threat Researcher, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Cody Autrey, Manager, Cybersecurity Risk Management, The Texas A&M University System

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

Jeffrey Lubick, Regional Director, Cisco Secure

Data Privacy and Responsible Use of Data and AI

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 2

Unlocking the full potential of data while ensuring privacy and integrity presents daunting challenges for government organizations. Coupled with AI technology, it becomes even more complex to leverage data effectively for informed decision-making. Responsible data practices can foster trust and resilience in government operations and services. This session explores strategies for defending sensitive data while harnessing the power of AI.

Moderator: Mike Driessen, Vice President, Government Technology

Jennie Hoelscher, Privacy Officer & Assistant General Counsel, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Ryan Kather, Principal AI Engineer, IBM

Carlos Rivero, Executive Government Advisor, Amazon Web Services

Powered by Purpose: Human-Centered Technology

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 3

In an era where technology continually reshapes our world, the true north remains improving the lives of our residents. How can we steadfastly keep our focus and steer our teams to guarantee that technological developments truly benefit the people we serve? Hear insights on how to ensure that our work is deliberate, user-centric, and squarely aimed at uplifting the communities we are dedicated to. Explore strategies and successes that place this principle at the forefront and drive meaningful technological progress and improvements to digital services.

Moderator: Hansa Bernal, Senior National Conference Director, Government Technology

Tanya Acevedo, Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President, Capital Metro

Elliot Flautt, Director, State Data Solutions, Tyler Technologies

Kerrica Laake, Chief Information Officer, City of Austin

Let’s Get to Work!

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 4

As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, agencies are facing unique hiring challenges and seeking innovative solutions to build and retain a skilled IT workforce. From competition with the private sector to the complexities of government hiring processes, we must uncover the root causes behind these challenges. But what’s next? How can organizations overcome those obstacles to create an effective team? Are there unique internship or hiring opportunities that we can replicate? Our expert panel will look to answer those questions and will explore how they are tackling one of the biggest challenges you face as leaders today.

Moderator: Heather Hall, Chief Information Officer, Texas Workforce Commission, State of Texas

Wendy Barron, Chief Information Officer, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, State of Texas

Gabriele “G” Masili, Chief Customer Officer, Granicus

Bob Smock, Technical Counselor, Cyber Security, Info-Tech Research Group

Jerry White, HR Director, Texas Workforce Commission, State of Texas

11:45 am Central

Lunch

JW Grand Ballroom Salons 6/7/8

12:45 pm Central

Best of Texas Awards Program

JW Grand Ballroom Salons 6/7/8

1:10 pm Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

JW Grand Ballroom Lobby and Salon 5

1:30 pm Central

Concurrent Sessions

Demystifying AI – A Realistic Perspective

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 1

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most talked about technologies inside and outside of government. Machine learning, chatbots, predictive analytics and generative AI are only some of the ways AI is rapidly embedding itself into organizations across the globe. As with any new technology, there are more questions than answers. This session will offer a level set, exploring various terms and definitions as well as the ethics, governance and security concerns AI presents that must be confronted now and into the future.

Moderator: Anh Selissen, Chief Information Officer, Department of Transportation, State of Texas

Amina Al Sherif, SLED Practice Lead, AI & ML, Google Cloud

Travis North, Sr. Distinguished Engineer, Dell Technologies

Finding Your Way to the Cloud

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 2

Do you have legacy systems that are getting long in the tooth? Moving to the cloud can help to accelerate digital transformation while enabling you to deploy applications faster and potentially reduce costs. Embracing the journey to the cloud amplifies efficiency, collaboration, and agility. Explore how this strategic shift optimizes operational processes, ensuring your enterprise stays agile and well-equipped to thrive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

Moderator: Chris Bunton, Chief Information Officer, Department of Agriculture, State of Texas

John Azariah, Sr. Solutions Engineer, Cloudera Government Solutions

Asim Iqbal, CDW Government

Adam Wengert, Global Legacy Modernization Lead, Avanade

Advancing Digital Opportunity and Accessibility for All!

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 3

Digital opportunity is not just about connectivity. Access to broadband is but a piece of the puzzle. The issue of use and accessibility comes into play. What will governments do to create full engagement opportunities for all? How will technologies support this endeavor? How will we make those technologies accessible? This session provides foundational knowledge on how to drive digital opportunity and accessibility forward and looks at the great work that is being done in Texas to improve the use of technology.

Moderator: Mike Driessen, Vice President, Government Technology

Marie Cohan, Statewide Digital Accessibility Program Administrator, Department of Information Resources, State of Texas

Devon Halley, Principal, Deloitte

Jeff Peden, Deputy CIO, Infrastructure Services, Texas Workforce Commission, State of Texas

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

JW Grand Ballroom Salon 4

Hosted by: Deputy State Chief Information Officer John Hoffman and Chief Procurement Officer Lisa Massock

2:30 pm Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

JW Grand Ballroom Lobby and Salon 5

2:50 pm Central

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

JW Grand Ballroom Salons 6/7/8

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 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.

Dustin Haisler, President, Government Technology and Center for Public Sector AI

4:00 pm Central

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

JW Grand Ballroom Lobby and Salon 5

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

4:30 pm Central

End of Conference

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

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Tanya Acevedo
Chief Information Officer & Senior Vice President
Capital Metro

Fuat Aki
Director of Development
Texas Education Agency
State of Texas

Wendy Barron
Chief Information Officer
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
State of Texas

Ricardo Blanco
Deputy Executive Commissioner, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
Health and Human Services Commission
State of Texas

Chris Bunton
Chief Information Officer
Department of Agriculture
State of Texas

Amanda Crawford
Executive Director and State Chief Information Officer
Texas Department of Information Resources
State of Texas

Carl Drescher
Chief Information Officer
Lower Colorado River Authority
State of Texas

Darrell Earwood
Chief Information Officer
Department of Information Technology
Nueces County

Mark Gager
Chief Information Officer
Bexar County

Heather Hall
Chief Information Officer
Texas Workforce Commission
State of Texas

Ann Hallam
Director of Information Technology
State Board of Public Accountancy
State of Texas

Bruce Hermes
IT Director
Austin Transit Partnership

John Hoffman
Deputy State Chief Information Officer
Department of Information Resources
State of Texas

Casey Kennedy
Director, Information Services Division
Office of Court Administration
State of Texas

Kerrica Laake
Chief Information Officer
City of Austin

Enrique Martinez
Chief Information Officer
City of Arlington

Jamie McClanahan
Chief Information Officer
Department of Parks and Wildlife
State of Texas

Drew McGrath
Chief Information Officer
Department of Family and Protective Services
State of Texas

Anh Selissen
Chief Information Officer
Department of Transportation
State of Texas

George Stolard
Chief Information Officer
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
State of Texas

Mike Sturm
Information Technology Director
City of San Marcos

Amy Swartz
Project Coordinator
Lottery Commission
State of Texas

Darrell Tompkins
Chief Information Officer
Water Development Board
State of Texas

Ralph Warren
Chief Information Officer
Travis County

Industry Representatives

Kindra Allen
Client Relationship Executive
Deloitte

Brandi Andel
Enterprise Account Executive
Granicus

Jamie Borup
Account Executive
Cloudera Government Solutions

David Brossette
Regional Manager
Cradlepoint

Mark Dennis
Technology Sales Leader
IBM

Ross Engledow
Texas Government Public Services Lead
Avanade

John Forshay
Account Executive
Dell Technologies

Angela Fultz Nordstrom
Vice President
Growth & Strategy
Tyler Technologies

Liam McNamara
Advanced Technology Account Executive
CDW-G

Jack O'Connell
Senior Account Executive
Google Public Sector

Patrick Wells
Account Manager
Amazon Web Services

Julie Wulf
Director, State, Local and Education
Cisco

Made Possible by Our Corporate Sponsors

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: May 22, 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:

Brad Loebs
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1409
E-mail: bloebs@erepublic.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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

Venue

JW Marriott Austin

110 E 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4777

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Parking

A discounted rate for self-parking of $20/vehicle and valet parking for $30/vehicle has been arranged for event attendees. As parking is limited at the hotel, please also consider using a ride share of your choice or self-parking in one of the surrounding public parking garages.
www.marriott.com/ausjw

Accommodations

Government Technology has a group block established at the JW Marriott Austin. To receive the group rate, please reference ‘Government Technology’ or the ‘Texas Digital Government Summit’ when making your reservation over the phone or use the Group Reservation Link.

Reservations
Rate: $369.00 single/double
Cut-off date: 5/2/24