WELCOME TO THE FIRST-EVER, VIRTUAL GOVERNMENT IT EVENT!
DECEMBER 8-10, 2020
2020 Golden GOVIT Award Nominations NOW OPEN!
The Golden GOVIT Awards recognize government agencies and individuals that have advanced government technology through collaboration, innovation service and individual leadership. In recognition of the unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new category is being added for 2020 – Rapid Response. Check out submission details & additional information below.
We are living in unprecedented times. As government IT professionals, you are doing the critical work of keeping government innovative and responsive to the immediate needs of citizens at the local, state and national level.
For 39 years, the Government IT Symposium has served as a chance to come together and think critically about the challenges and issues we face in government, as you discover innovative and collaborative solutions for the public good. This year, we invite you to join us in a new virtual environment – one that keeps our communities safe, while also providing dynamic content and access to cutting-edge professional resources for rapidly changing times.
As one of the longest-running & largest government IT events in the nation, the Symposium continues to live up to its reputation for being a high-quality learning and key relationship-building event, bringing together over 1,000 IT leaders and professionals from across the spectrum of government agencies and systems, along with their private and civic sector partners.
With the theme of Collaborate. Innovate. Serve., this year’s Symposium will address critical and timely issues for multi-function, multi-sector government audiences. This is THE place to join your colleagues and focus on using IT innovations, integration and intelligence to support the public good!
Thank You To Our 2020 Pinnacle Sponsor!
2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
About Jessica O. Matthews
Innovator and CEO, Uncharted Power
Jessica O. Matthews
Tuesday, December 8th from 12-1pm
Innovating During Times of Adversity: Turning Adversity into Vision
COVID-19 is unsettling for everyone, but the impact is even greater for underserved communities. Government agencies hold an important role in coming together to create solutions that enhance the lives and health of marginalized citizens. The public sector at all levels can take important steps to expand innovation, collaboration, and service to ALL communities. Jessica O. Matthews, a black female founder and CEO of Unchartered Power, chose to build her company in Harlem to encourage diverse decision-making and uplift the surrounding community and local government. In this talk, Jessica will share:
- Her own struggles to succeed in a traditional technology-based industry and how everyone can discover ways to combat intrinsic biases and use this struggle as a means to cultivate innovation and creativity within
- The challenges and gaps in access to information, education, and opportunity that she sees first-hand being immersed in this epicenter of diversity – and what governments can do to expand their service to those who are underserved, including a real-world case study of a success story
Thursday, December 10th from 9:30-10:30am
Building A Culture of Innovation
Innovation is not an initiative or a task force—it is a way of operating. To successfully ride the modern seas of change and ambiguity, leaders must cultivate a culture designed for innovation. Blending wisdom from top leadership practices, neuroscience, and applied improvisation, this session will equip you with the 4 key practices of innovative cultures. We’ll explore the key behaviors that change-oriented teams use to build bridges to greater value and the strategies that change-resistant teams use to defend the status quo.
About Andy Zimney
Principal Advisor and Team Performance Coach
FEATURED PANEL SPEAKERS
About Tarek Tomes
Minnesota’s State Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
Wednesday, December 9th from 9:30-10:30 am
What is the current state of government IT and how can government IT leaders, staff and their partners work together to ensure our systems and services are responsive, innovative and secure? Don’t miss this opportunity to hear firsthand from Minnesota’s State Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Tarek Tomes, as he addresses the current and future state of government IT.
Wednesday, December 9th from 9:30-10:30am
At the age of 16 he started a technology company. Later in his career he entered the private sector and worked as a thought leader for companies like IBM and the Mayo Clinic. His career has included massive change and transformation initiatives spanning multi billion-dollar organizations. In 2017 Shawn was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to lead the state of North Dakota’s technology services as the Chief Information Officer. He is always looking to connect with others who have a “we can change the world” attitude as he strives to be a servant leader and improve lives, empower people, and inspire success.
About Shawn RIley
CIO of North Dakota
About Jana Shortal
KARE 11 News Anchor
Jana Shortal – Panel Moderator
Seventeen. That’s how many years Jana has worked as a journalist for KARE 11 news here in Minneapolis – it is also the same amount of time she has spent wondering if she could ever really be that much needed addition to the now defunct Destiny’s Child. But she’s for sure gonna name her first child, Destiny, just to get remotely close to that brand.
Other tidbits. She is from a town you’ve never heard of but it’s a 40 minute drive from St. Louis. She once sold her ten year anniversary gift from KARE 11 to an ex so she could buy a pair of Air Jordan’s.
Jana graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia a very long time ago and had it not been for a persistent journalism professor would have spent her adult life driving the Wienermobile.
Jana has won six regional Emmy awards. You can see her weeknights on Breaking The News, KARE 11, at 6:30 pm.
2020 REGISTRATION COMING SOON!
Attendee registration for the 2020 Government IT Symposium opens in early October. Check back soon for more detailed information!
If you are
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2020
Virtual Tradeshow will run from 11-3:30 p.m.
|11:45- 12 p.m.||Welcome & Opening Comments|
|12- 1 p.m.||Keynote – Jessica Matthews|
|1- 1:30 p.m.||Symposium Experience (Tradeshow, GOVIT Nominees)|
|1:30- 2:15 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|2:15- 2:45 p.m.||Symposium Experience (Tradeshow, GOVIT Nominees)|
|2:45- 3:30 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|3:30- 4 p.m.||General Session|
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2020
Virtual Tradeshow will run from 8:30-3:30 p.m.
|9:15- 9:30 a.m.||Opening Comments|
|9:30 – 10:30 a.m.||Opening Session Panel|
|10:30 – 11 a.m.||Symposium Experience (Tradeshow, GOVIT Nominees)|
|11- 11:45 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|11:45 – 12:15 p.m.||Symposium Experience (Tradeshow, GOVIT Nominees)|
|12:15- 1 p.m.||Symposium Slam|
|1- 1:15 p.m.||Break|
|1:15- 2 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|2- 2:30 p.m.||Symposium Experience (Tradeshow, GOVIT Nominees)|
|2:30- 3 p.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|3- 3:30 p.m.||General Session|
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 2020
Virtual Tradeshow will run from 8:30-12 p.m.
|9:15- 9:30 a.m.||Welcome & Opening Comments|
|9:30- 10:30 a.m.||Andy Zimney Keynote Presentation|
|10:30- 11 a.m.||Symposium Experience (Tradeshow & Entertainment)|
|11- 11:45 a.m.||Concurrent Sessions|
|11:45- 12 p.m.||Break/ Tradeshow|
|12- 12:45 p.m.||Lunch Session with IBM|
|12:45- 1:30 p.m.||Closing Remarks/ Golden GOVIT Awards/ Prizes|
The Government IT Symposium is about bringing people together – to connect with each other, find common ground and build a community of professionals engaged in making government and our communities better.
The Government IT Symposium will leave you feeling energized – being around like-minded people, hearing new ideas and seeing and experiencing new technologies will rejuvenate your focus, boost your morale and strengthen you commitment to your work.
There is so much knowledge and experience to tap into at the Government IT Symposium. Whether it’s something you’ve been struggling with, something you’ve been curious about or something you want to know more about, you will find your answers here. Come and learn from national industry-leading experts as well as your peers next door.
JOIN US AS A 2020 SPONSOR
Gain multi-layered access to the Midwest’s largest audience of government IT professionals as a 2020 Symposium Sponsor!
Check out the variety of different sponsorships available here!
Sponsorships and exhibit space available on a first-come, first-served based. Limited
sponsorships available. Contact Christopher Kohn at email@example.com or 952-885-7602 today!
WHY SPONSOR/ EXHIBIT:
Attendees Need Your Products and Services
Public and civic sectors invest billions of dollars every year on information and communication technologies and are relying more and more on private sector partners to provide these technologies.
Attendees are Decision Makers
More than 60 percent of attendees are in leadership, management or professional positions and are looking for new solutions to meet their needs.
Attendees Visit Booths
Almost 90 percent of 2019 attendees visited the exhibit area and 70 percent said that they found the exhibit hall instrumental in discovering new products and technologies.
Your Competitors Will Be There
In 2019, over 65 companies displayed their IT products, services and technologies. As the need for IT solutions in public sector services continues to grow, your company’s presence will help provide additional solutions to improve the processes connecting government and its citizens.
Show your Support
Be identified among a core group of companies and organizations that are recognized as partners in the effort to help improve critical services for our communities.
“Cisco has been a sponsor of the MN Government IT Symposium for over 10 years. We have found this is to be the most effective event in Minnesota for reaching our public sector customers.”
“The conference is a great opportunity to get the private and public sector to work together.”
“We can create a place where vendors and the government entities that use their products can meet together and talk about them outside the procurement process and hopefully bring new solutions to bare for problems that we face.”
About GTS Educational Events
If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.
2020 Steering Committee
Alex Hepp, City of Hopkins
Bill Bleckwehl, Cisco
Dave Andrews, DEED
Jay Wyant, Minnesota IT Services
Jim Hall, Hallmentum
Matt Bailey, IBM
Melissa Reeder, League of Minnesota Cities
Nathan Beran, City of New Ulm
Sue Wallace, CompTIA Tech
Lisa Meredith, Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative
Renee Heinbuch, Washington County/MNCITLA
David Berthiaume, Minnesota IT Services
Cory Tramm, Sourcewell Tech
Glen Gilbertson, Hennepin County
Chad Kummrow, Microsoft