Tech@State connects technologists to targeted goals of the U.S. diplomacy and development agenda via networking events that combine physical and virtual presence. As part of the 21st Century Statecraft initiative, Tech@State connects established leaders, new innovators, government personnel, and others to work together on 21st century technology solutions to improve the education, health, and welfare of the world's population.
On November 1, 2013, the Office of eDiplomacy hosted Tech@State: EdTech, which explored how technology is expanding educational opportunity around the world. The event, held on the campus of George Washington University, explored the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to education and how those changes can enhance diplomacy and offer educational opportunities around the world. Read more about the event.
The eleventh Tech@State, Tech@State: Moneyball Diplomacy, on June 7, 2013, focused on the intersection of economic-thinking, technology, and diplomacy. The event, held on the campus of George Washington University, examined how economic approaches and issues have increasingly become an integral part of foreign policy and explored how analyzing data using a more rigorous economic approach can better inform foreign policy formulation and implementation in all fields. Representatives from the U.S. government, international non-governmental organizations, policy institutes, technology companies, and academic institutions convened to speak on this subject before an audience of approximately 300 attendees, as well as many more U.S. and foreign participants watching online from U.S. embassies abroad. Read more about the event.
On March 8-9, 2013, the Office of eDiplomacy convened its tenth Tech@State conference, Tech@State: Internet Freedom. The event, held on the campus of George Washington University, examined the various methods and tactics that can be used to enhance, expand, and protect Internet freedom. Over 50 experts from within the U.S. government, international non-governmental organizations, non-profits, technology companies, and academic institutions convened to speak on this subject before an audience for approximately 300, as well as an online audience of hundreds more U.S. and foreign participants watching from several U.S. embassies overseas. Read more about the event.
On November 30, 2012, the Office of eDiplomacy hosted approximately 250 people at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium for its ninth Tech@State conference, Tech@State: ElecTech. The event focused on the important and expanding role of technology on democratic elections and the electoral process both domestically and internationally. Over fifty experts from within the U.S. government, U.S. presidential campaigns, social media companies, international non-governmental organizations, non-profits, and academic institutions convened to speak on this subject. Missouri Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, provided the keynote address. The highlight of the conference was a panel on digital strategies used during the U.S. presidential election. Read more about the event.
The eighth Tech@State, Wiki.Gov, was held at George Washington University's Marvin Center on July 12-13, 2012, in conjunction with Wikimania 2012, an annual international gathering of Wikipedia experts, academics, and supporters. With 250 people in attendance, the event showcased knowledge sharing and citizen engagement through connection technologies, specifically wikis and wiki-related applications. Five sessions convened over the two-day conference to discuss the importance of sharing knowledge, creating platforms (like wikis) to host information, and the value of contributing to those platforms. Two panel discussions, focusing on federal government wikis, including Intellipedia, Powerpedia, GCpedia and Diplopedia, were the highlight of the conference. Read more about the event.
Approximately 350 people attended the seventh Tech@State, Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness, at George Washington University on February 3-4, 2012. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs presented opening remarks, followed by a keynote address from the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency W. Craig Fugate. Six panels throughout the day delved deeper into social media, the vast amount of data it is creating, and how that information can be analyzed and packaged to build real-time awareness. Former State Department Franklin Fellow David Weinberger, author of "Too Big To Know," provided the afternoon keynote with an insightful perspective on how to deal with the large amounts of data found on the internet.
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