I attended eDemocracyCamp yesterday in DC. In his introductory remarks, Andrew Cohen tied recent Government 2.0 conferences back to President Obama’s January 2009 Transparency Memo nicely by saying:
– TransparencyCamp was about transparency
– Government 2.0 Camp was about collaboration
– eDemocracyCamp is about participation
OGI — the Open Government & Innovations conference — is going to be an opportunity to expand the discussions started by government’s data transparency, collaboration and citizen engagement thought leaders at the unconferences earlier this year, and bring these discussions to a whole new set of government leaders who are just beginning to explore the possibilities of Government 2.0.
OGI is being collaboratively planned by 1105 Government Information Group, AFCEA, AFEI and NAPA, with content direction from U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the CIO and social media support from MiXT Media Strategies and Social Collective.
OGI is starting on the right foot by “practicing what it preaches” with its crowdsourced Call for Participation: http://www.opengovinnovations.com/call_for_participation/ Between now and May 6, anyone can submit an idea for a presentation or panel that they want to lead or recommend someone else to lead.
Starting May 7 and going through May 20, OGI will engage its participants yet again, by opening up submitted presentation ideas for voting. Participants will collectively decide which presentation ideas rise to the top.
I have a feeling that more participation and engagement is on the horizon beyond May 20, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, submit your ideas and start partcipating on the OGI Conference site at: http://www.opengovinnovations.com/call_for_participation/
You can also follow OGI on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OGIconference