Public, private sector innovators convene for FedScoop’s first U.S. Innovation Summit

David Stegon | fedscoop | June 21, 2012

FedScoop held its first U.S. Innovation Summit Wednesday at the Newseum, drawing more than 500 attendees from government and industry to provide a platform for thought leaders to collaborate on the best ways to encourage public and private sector innovation. Symantec President and Chief Executive Officer Enrique Salem opened the event with a “Desconstructing Innovation” keynote, followed by the Honorable Gerry Connolly, the Democratic congressman from Virginia’s 11th District, who discussed how tapping into technology can improve services and realize savings across the federal government.

HP U.S. Public Sector Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bergeron gave an industry approach on driving innovation in today’s economy. He was followed by the White House’s two technology leaders, U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, who trumpeted the number of innovations happening in the federal government related to open data, technology and openness.

“Before coming to government, I spent my almost my entire career as an entrepreneur,” Park told FedScoop before his presentation, “and in that time I’ve never been surrounded by as many who have that same entrepreneurial drive and spirit than I do right now in the federal government.”...