For the seventh straight year, the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) partnered with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.
This year's conference was held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Kentucky on April 23-24. The gathering of IT leaders from across the commonwealth provided a forum for communications and collaboration on technology solutions and business practices. The conference provided opportunities for attendees to interact with each other and key vendors on technology solutions and strategies that can help the public sector increase efficiency and improve services.
Opening Keynote: Neal Petersen, author and adventurer
The opening keynote address was provided by adventurer and author, Neal Petersen. Petersen's dream was to sail in an around-the-world race in a boat built with his own hands, a journey of 27,000 miles. Overcoming a South Arfrican environment of racial prejudice, physical disabilities and economic constraints, Petersen managed to fulfill this dream. In sharing his unique and extraordinary adventure, Petersen inspired attendees with his powerful message that "in life there are no barriers - only solutions!"
Afternoon Keynote: Cathilea Robinett, executive director, Center for Digital Government
The afternoon keynote address was provided by Cathilea Robinett, one of the nation's leading digital government strategists. Her captivating presentation entitled Simple.Gov: It's Time to Change the Story, took attendees through the steps and priorities to make government services more accessible and easy to use. She also described the potential impact and influence of TIME Magazine's Person of the Year (you) on government service delivery strategies.
Editors Note: A short time after her presentation at the Digital Government Summit, Cathilea was presented with the National Technology Champion Award by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
Best of Kentucky Technology Awards
The Best of Kentucky Technology Awards Program was originally established in 2006 to salute Kentucky's IT professionals and managers for their dedication and accomplishments. Again this year, agency heads and local governments throughout the state submitted nominations, with a formal evaluation committee selecting a winner in each category. Categories recognized leadership, innovation, collaboration and stellar achievements by the commonwealth and local governments. The winners are listed in a separate Techlines article.
Summit Breakout Sessions
The 2007 digital government conference included numerous sessions on other current topics of interest to IT managers and executives:
- An Enterprise Approach to Technology;
- Identity Management;
- Innovative Technologies in Government;
- Business Intelligence and Analytics;
- An Emerging Kentucky;
- Technology and Public Safety; and
- Security Challenges: Data at Risk.
The conference began with an executive reception during the evening of April 23, which allowed attendees an opportunity to meet one another and interact with the many vendor representatives present.