Mark Drapeau (Redmond, WA) —
This week at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, WA (just outside Seattle), the company will host chief information officers and other IT professionals from the federal government, state and local governments, and the education and health communities. The event is called the U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit.
For two days beginning with a reception this evening, guests will be treated to a keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, talks about the business of technology from Microsoft executives, demonstrations of new technologies, and side meetings with key account representatives, niche subject matter experts, and other Microsoft employees.
This year, in a special plenary session that I’m leading, guests will also hear about how a number of Microsoft activities in communities all around the country – both high-tech and low-tech – are having a real impact on America’s economy, innovation, and quality of life.
The summit occurs annually in the winter, and is followed by a number of more specialized summits for specific subtopics in the public sector.
Dr. Mark Drapeau is part of the Microsoft Office of Civic Innovation in Washington, DC.