Opening the doors of government to innovation
by Tim O’Reilly | @timoreilly | Originally posted on O’Reilly Radar, August 6, 2010
When I organize a conference, I don’t just reach out to interesting speakers. I try to find people who can help to tell a story about what’s important and where the future is going. We’ve been posting speakers for the second annual Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington DC Sept 7-8, but I realized that I haven’t told the story in one place. I thought I’d try to do that here.
First off, our goal at the Gov 2.0 Summit is to bring together innovators from government and the private sector to highlight technology and ideas that can be applied to the nation’s great challenges. In areas as diverse as education, health care, energy, jobs, and financial reform, there are unique opportunities to rethink how government agencies perform their mission and serve citizens. Social media, cloud computing, web, and mobile technologies — all provide unique new capabilities that government agencies are beginning to harness to achieve demonstrably better results at lower cost.
Our focus this year is on opening the doors to innovation – learning about the latest technology and its application, and breaking down the barriers to its adoption.
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