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Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase: Govies Represent

Last week’s Gov 2.0 Expo conference, run by O’Reilly Media and TechWeb, featured over 25 five-minute presentations by people who have managed government projects — at all levels of government — that involve Web 2.0 methods. For the summaries and presentation links related to each speaker, see the full Gov 2.0 Expo schedule; each session title is linked to the relevant information.

In 2.0 participatory fashion, attendees texted to vote for the best presentation in each program segment. The winners were:

City of Santa Cruz Offers Blueprint for Solving CA Budget Crisis with Social Media – Peter Koht (City of Santa Cruz)
txts 4 africa – Merrick Schaefer (UNICEF)
Transit 2.0 at BART.gov – Melissa Jordan (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Utah Department of Public Safety Media Portal – Jeff Nigbur (State of Utah, Department of Public Safety)
Digital Diplomacy: Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds – Rita King (Dancing Ink Productions)

Of special interest to the FGI audience, Steve Schultze of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard discussed RECAP in his presentation, Crowdsourcing Federal Court Transparency. Also of interest, the presentation on EPA’s MyEnvironment, MyEnvironment: Environmental Information for Your Community, generated lots of approving noises from the audience.

Tim O’Reilly was everywhere at the conference, quickly and respectfully responding to tweets and blog posts critiquing his “Government as a Platform” catch phrase/vision/conversation-starter.

His keynote:
Opening Keynote: Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media (video, blip.tv)
And his “Government as a Platform” talk recorded prior to the conference:
The Platform for Change (video, blip.tv)

O’Reilly Media must view the Expo Showcase as a success; another has been announced for 2010.

The Expo preceded the main event, the Gov 2.0 Summit. I’ll have more on that in a later post.

Related post: Gov 2.0 Expo and the Apps for America 2 Challenge Winners

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