GOSCON 2008 Bringing all levels of Government Together for Open Source Forum

Registration is still open for GOSCON 2008. The Government Open Source Convention 2008 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on October 21-22. Held in conjunction with the International Open ICT Summit on October 20, GOSCON provides a GOSCON 2008participatory, educational forum for government IT execs to learn how to use open source methods in their delivery of government services. Keynotes and panels will provide lessons about real-world government applications of open source solutions and integration, along with how to lower costs and increase information sharing. GOSCON 2008 will have a focus on Open Public Health IT.

Keynote speakers are Vivek Kundra, CTO of the Disctict of Columbia; Paul Taylor, Chief Strategy Officer for the Center for Digital Government; and Aneesh Chopra, Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia.Other speakers include Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction with the Oregon Department of Education; Rick Howard, CIO, Oregon Department of Human Services; John M. Weathersby, Executive Director of the Open Source Software Institute; and Kathleen Connor, Principal Program Manager , Microsoft Health Solutions Group. 

The “Open Government Collectives” on October 22 panel will be led by Benjamin Berry, the Chief Information Officer in Oregon’s Department of Transportation, and Andy Stein, IT Director of Newport News, VA. The aim is to collaboratively extract a reference model for communities represented in the audience.