via The Washington Post
Government information technology reform plans are the hot topic in the District, with two conferences this week set to focus on issues such as cloud computing, social media and cybersecurity.
From Tuesday to Thursday, the FOSE Conference & Exposition – produced by the Falls Church-based 1105 Government Information Group, which publishes federal IT magazines – will bring together 10,000 local, state and federal IT officials and business innovators seeking to sell their ideas, services and products to the government.
At about two dozen sessions, government officials from agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the General Services Administration and the FBI will outline their needs and challenges. Meanwhile, participants are expected to hear from some high-profile speakers from the business world, including entrepreneur Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple; and David McQueeney, vice president of software at IBM Research.
The conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW in the District.
Demonstrating the intense interest in this topic, an unrelated session on federal IT reform scheduled on one of the same days – Thursday – sold out. Media company WashingtonExec and IT consulting firm DMI stopped accepting registrations for their Flash Summit Event a few weeks ago. The participants will see demonstrations of the latest technology being developed for the government and hear from a GSA official on federal agencies’ IT reform plans.