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CIOs' Outlook and IT Market Briefing to Headline Conference

The annual gathering brings government IT leaders together to discuss timely topics of interest, and it provides a forum for collaboration among regional CIOs and their staffs.

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Chief information officers from Silicon Valley and beyond are headlining Government Technology’s* Bay Area Regional CIO Conference this month.

The annual gathering brings government IT leaders together to discuss timely topics of interest, and it provides a forum for collaboration among regional CIOs and their staffs. The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by speakers and breakouts through the day. Bay Area IT leaders who will speak include:

  • Tim Dupuis, CIO of Alameda County, will speak on “Building a Workplace That Works.” Dupuis is an award-winning IT veteran who also serves as the county registrar of voters, and he’ll be speaking on how government can recruit professionals who are also being offered higher-paying jobs in the private sector. Dupuis asserts that working in the public sector can be rewarding in different ways, and he’ll talk about how Alameda has a strategy to boost recruitment, efficiency, collaboration, morale and job satisfaction. Dupuis also serves as president of the California County Information Systems Directors Association.
  • Nina D’Amato, chief of staff for the Department of Technology for the city/county of San Francisco, will deliver “Pardon the Interruption,” an examination of how disruption can begin as a ripple and then become a tsunami. D’Amato will discuss ways to better position one’s organization “to better approach, identify, evaluate and exploit emerging technologies.” She’ll also discuss IT governance and an IT threat-awareness strategy.
  • Rob Lloyd, CIO of the city of San Jose, will speak on “Applying Artificial Intelligence to Government” — how can cities and counties apply AI to improve their communications? Lloyd’s presentation will include an overview of use cases that San Jose has experienced in three areas: AI inherited in the products we purchase; using AI to drive better decision-making; and advanced AI solutions that actively improve services.
  • Liza Massey, who’s been Marin County’s CIO for just over a year, has long experience as an award-winning leader in the public and private sectors. Among her distinctions, she has been recognized as a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in Public Sector Innovation. She will present, along with San Mateo County CIO Jon Walton, on “Security Over the Edge” — an assessment of trends, threats and strategies in cybersecurity.
  • Mike Shapiro, the chief privacy officer for Santa Clara County, is working to create an enterprise privacy program for his county of 2 million and with a county staff of 22,000 employees. He will be working to establish a Privacy Center of Excellence, where representatives of industry, academia and the public sector can discuss privacy threats and best practices and seek to balance information-sharing with privacy protection.
  • Jon Walton, of San Mateo County, will co-present on “Security Over the Edge,” along with Marin’s Massey. Walton has more than 25 years’ experience in the public and private sectors and sees part of his mission as bridging the divide by bringing Internet access to all communities, without regard to geography or socio-economics. He “rejects the idea” of government as a dinosaur and seeks to employ the latest tech in his county.
Keynote speaker will be Joseph Morris, vice president of Research for Techwire parent company e.Republic. Morris, a nationally recognized speaker and author of numerous publications and reports, will deliver the keynote at 9:05 a.m.: “Future Ready! The Playbook for 2020 and Beyond.” Morris is a veteran of IT, research and business intelligence, and his presentations are packed with data. Key topics that Morris sees just over the horizon include disruptive technologies; emerging regulatory issues; the future of management; and funding the future.

Also on the agenda is a session called “Name Your Technology,” in which event sponsors each get 2 minutes to speak about “what they do and why it matters to government.” The event organizers note: “These aren’t product pitches; they’re expressions of pride and glimpses into the future.”

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City, 1221 Chess Drive; (650) 570-5700.

Space remains for sponsors; contact Alison Del Real by email or at (916) 932-1435.

For those in the public sector, this event is open only by invitation. For RSVP and general information, contact Lee Vang by email or at (916) 932-1407. A registration link and more information are also available online.

*Government Technology is a publication of e.Republic, Techwire's parent company.

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.