The Best Government Panels at SXSW

August 12, 2019 by Melissa Crowe

The Best Government Panels at SXSW

Government leaders across the world will descend upon Austin, Texas, for the annual South by South West conference taking place in March.

This month, the public is invited to vote during the month of August on panel proposals. We’ve rounded up some of what we consider the top contenders on data topics for next year’s mega-conference.

Local Governments Are Getting Sa(a)ssy

Today’s digitally-minded citizens want even more digital interactions in even more personal and meaningful ways. What does this mean for local governments? It means your citizens are demanding new experiences and greater access to data. How can cities be transparent, open, and digital within closed systems? Here we present a case study on how Richmond, California took a leap to bypass traditional policy-making avenues by democratizing air quality monitoring data to become the biggest little air monitored city, propelling itself towards clean air through unapologetic data transparency and embrace of new technologies. This is Richmond's digitally-driven bucket brigade. It demonstrates that environmental justice communities and open data IoT can come together to produce results.

Government speakers:

  • Julia Luongo, Managing Director of Ramboll Shair, Ramboll
  • Adam Lenz, Environmental Services Manager, City of Richmond

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Automated Vehicles: Data Sharing & Collaboration

Advancing the future of safe and efficient automated vehicles (AVs) relies on data sharing and collaboration between local communities and technologists. How do these collaborations get started? And how can local solutions be scaled nationwide? Maricopa County, Arizona offers a real-world example focused on the national priority of improving safety in work zones. This session will dive deep on Maricopa County’s experience working with industry, state, and federal partners to demonstrate end-to-end data sharing that improves safety for commercial vehicle operators, construction workers, and the driving public. We will also discuss open data, software, and other resources to jump-start these kinds of projects, and ask for your input on national priorities for accelerating safe AV rollout.

Government speakers:

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"In the Know" With Open Government Data

You don’t know what you don’t know. This is why open data is so important. Open-source, publicly-accessible, and machine-readable federal government data can be harnessed to solve public problems and glean valuable insights. Interested in weather patterns? Federal spending? Population demographics? Believe it or not, the federal government is a rich source – a goldmine, if you will –of data related to such topics, and more. But this data is only valuable if it is open for use. In this panel, leading public data innovators will explain how they are using open data to promote government transparency and accountability and solve important issues facing the public. Whether predicting storms, tracking contracts, or understanding community needs – open government data helps put you in the know.

Government speakers:

  • Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary for Commerce for Environment Observation and Prediction, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Nick Hart, CEO, Data Coalition
  • Rebecca Hutchinson, Big Data Lead, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Amy Edwards, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Fiscal Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Data-Driven Strategies for Advancing Health Equity

It’s not hard to look at the data on health outcomes and identify stark disparities in race, gender, geography, and orientation. Disparities are everywhere. What is hard, but absolutely essential, is finding ways to use data to develop and guide programs to reduce those inequities. In this session, three national experts who work at the intersection of big data, health and racial inequity will look at what’s already being done, what questions remain unanswered, and where to go from here.

Government speakers:

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Yesterday's Gov Was Smart, Tomorrow's Is Connected

To not only succeed but flourish in a world of data, governments need a long-term strategy centered around building a strong digital foundation. Such a foundation can turn challenge into opportunity and facilitate streamlined operations and lowered costs while bridging the skills gap and enabling partnerships for innovation. A new foundational approach to smart tech can help break bureaucratic silos once and for all, and unite data, systems, and people for better public service and improved agency – and community – outcomes. Attending to government’s core digital infrastructure mitigates challenges and ensures immediate returns on investment as well as the flexibility necessary to grow and adapt. Connecting across traditional boundaries facilitates solutions that improve lives.

Speaker:

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Scootergeddon: The Future of Urban Transportation

The rise of electric bikes and scooters are providing new avenues for consumers to navigate urban areas. These micro-mobility companies are generating a wealth of data that can be leveraged by cities to adequately plan for future development, enhance services, and increase equity among citizens. But there are many challenges; safety, open data and transparency, data access, urban planning, and funding future transportation projects. This session will explore the challenges for these innovations, current rules and regulations in place, and how governments, foundations, and mobility companies can work together to provide value for citizens.

Speakers:

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