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Startup Weekend proudly presents its second-ever pilot event focused on fostering innovation & entrepreneurship in the public sector.

In partnership with Code for America, we invite you to join us on June 15-17, 2012, at Microsoft’s Chevy Chase office to solve real-life problems faced by federal and local government agencies, citizens, and businesses or to breathe a new life into existing outdated solutions.  Watch how our first e-GOV event went down in Seattle, then read on to see how our event will be even better.

With DCGOV, we’re working with the City of Washington, DC and several agencies of the Federal Government to source dozens of potential ideas and problem areas where you can make an impact. Of course, any and all e-GOV ideas are welcome. Some of the directions which you may be interested in tackling include:

  • making government operations more efficient
  • simplifying government collaboration
  • reducing barriers to access government resources
  • facilitating & improving policy-making
  • supporting & enhancing civic engagement

The weekend will involve hands-on collaboration with expert mentors, panels on procurement and alternative monetization options in e-government, and more! Final presentations on Sunday will be judged on validation with real-life users, practicality of the prototype, and business model (for revenue-supported products & services) or impact (for grant-supported products and services). We strongly advise considering these criteria when deciding which ideas to pitch and which ones to build during the event. One winning team will earn a spot in the finalist round of Code For America’s Civic Accelerator

Register today to improve government, learn new skills, explore emerging opportunities in the e-gov space, and launch a startup or product that makes a serious impact in others’ lives!



Jun 15
  • Registration & dinner
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Day 1 is over


Jun 16
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Coaches start coming
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Half-way check-in, status reports, calls for help
  • Day 2 is over


Jun 17
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Deadline for team surveys
  • Technology walkthrough for presenters
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Adjourn!
Platinum Sponsors

Todd Park

U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President   |  

Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation.

Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also co-founded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.

William Eggers

Global Director of Public Sector Research at Deloitte   |  

William Eggers is a leading authority on government reform. He is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s Public Sector industry practice.

His seven books include the Washington Post best seller If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government (Harvard Business Press, 2009), Government 2.0 (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005), Governing by Network (Brookings, 2004), and The Public Innovator’s Playbook (Deloitte Research 2009). His books have won numerous awards including the Louis Brownlow award for best book on public management, the Sir Antony Fisher award for best book promoting an understanding of the free economy, and the Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research.

A former manager of the Texas Performance Review, he has advised governments around the world. His commentary has appeared in dozens of major media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Guardian and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at weggers@deloitte.com.


Aneesh Chopra

Senior Advisor at The Advisory Board, and former US CTO   |   LinkedIn

Aneesh was appointed by President Obama as the nation's first United States Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the agencies built on private sector collaboration - opening data to transform health, energy and education markets, convening tech leaders to develop consensus standards, and sponsoring prizes, challenges and competitions to tap into entrepreneurial problem solvers. Chopra previously served as Virginia's Secretary of Technology and has returned as a Senior Advisor with The Advisory Board Company, a global research, consulting, and technology firm helping hospital executives to better serve patients, where he previously served as Managing Director. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare (#39) and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

Mark Headd

Government Relations Director at Code for America   |   LinkedIn

Mark is a writer, speaker and thought leader on communication technologies and open government. Self taught in programming, he has been developing telephone, mobile and speech recognition applications for almost 10 years, and is a certified developer with the VoiceXML forum. He served for three years as the chief policy and budget advisor for the State of Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a budget and finance analyst. Mark has built open government software applications for the District of Columbia, the Sunlight Foundation, the New York State Senate, and the cities of New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Baltimore and Philadelphia. He is an organizer and participant in civic hacking events across the country. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.

Dan Kasun

Senior Director of Developer / Platform Evangelism for U.S. Public Sector at Microsoft

Dan and his teams are responsible for evangelizing how new technologies can be applied in the government, healthcare, and education industries, providing readiness and guidance to developers, and working directly with agencies, organizations and partners to help ensure success for solutions built on the Microsoft platform. In addition, Dan's organization works with schools, faculty, and students to build enthusiasm and competency for Computer Science education and technical career development.

Dan has been with Microsoft for over 16 years, and joined the Microsoft Public Sector business in 2009. During his tenure, he has worked with customers of all sizes - from small developer organizations to large enterprises in a variety of industries (Financial Services, Healthcare, Government, and Education). He is a frequent speaker at Microsoft and industry events – specializing in all areas of application development and technical architecture.

Tom Lee

Director of Sunlight Labs   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Prior to assuming leadership of the labs, Tom managed Sunlight's Subsidyscope project, an effort to explore the level of federal involvement in various sectors of the economy. On that project, Tom and his team were responsible for identifying and parsing federal databases covering various forms of government support, evaluating their quality, and composing sophisticated analyses and analytic tools based upon them. Tom came to Sunlight from EchoDitto, where he handled the technical implementation of Drupal projects for clients like Greenpeace UK and Mother Jones. Before EchoDitto, he did .NET development for members of the House and Senate, building constituent services websites and one of the first reusable software platforms for member offices. Along the way he's done Movable Type consulting for Gothamist, lobbied WMATA to open its data, taught screen-scraping to TI Georgia, cleaned data for academics, built sites for numerous bloggers, and mostly avoided electrocuting himself. His writing on technical policy has appeared in the American Prospect, Techdirt, Progressive Fix, and various impassioned Slashdot threads.

Silver Sponsors

Dominic Campbell

Founder of FutureGOV   |   LinkedIn

Dominic Campbell is a digital government specialist and social innovator with a background in government policy, communications and technology-led change. After five years in Local Government in London, Dominic established FutureGov in early 2008. A team of 20, FutureGov supports government – particularly local government – in the UK, Europe and the United States. Dominic is also co-founder of several social web startup-ups and was recently voted in both the top 50 most influential people in UK local government and top 50 most influential users of social networking site Twitter in the UK.

Ahson Wardak

IT Systems Director at SBA   |   LinkedIn

Ahson Wardak currently works in the Office of Investment and Innovation on the Small Business Innovation Research program and innovation-related activities. Before joining the Small Business Administration, Ahson worked in the IT Strategy practice for Booz Allen Hamilton. Ahson’s previous experience includes founding a Web 2.0 startup, developing a consulting practice in nanotechnology, and academic research on public policy in science and technology. Ahson received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. in Systems Engineering, and has completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia.

Rachna Choudhry

Chief Marketing Officer at Popvox   |   LinkedIn

Rachna Choudhry is responsible for our outreach to advocacy organizations and trade associations, marketing to individual users and assists with outreach to Congressional staff. She is based in Washington, DC. Rachna comes to POPVOX with a background in federal lobbying, issue advocacy and social media strategy for a variety of national issue-based and advocacy organizations. Most recently, she worked as a lobbyist for the National Partnership for Women & Families where she promoted policies that addressed the needs of working women. She earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Political Science degree from UCLA.

Mike Reich

Founder of Seabourne Consulting   |  

Mike is the founder of Seabourne Consulting, a Washington DC based R&D and consulting company. Started in 2009, Seabourne specializes in creating open-source data and content publishing web platforms for government, non-profit and for-profit clients. Mike has a passion for APIs and data publishing, and has worked with many organizations to implement these technologies, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, Federal Communications Commission and NBC/Comcast.

Ashish Jaiman

Architect Evangelist at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Ashish Jaiman is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft. In his role Ashish helps Public Sector Independent Software Vendors and Startups to understand and adopt Microsoft platform and tools.

Ashish is in software business for last 15 years developing and architecting LOB system on Microsoft and competing platforms. Ashish is a hands-on technologist and very passionate about startups and take pride in working for 2 startups and successfully exiting out to work for Microsoft.

Aaron Brauer-Rieke

Fellow at Center for Democracy & Technology, App Developer   |  

At the Center for Democracy & Technology here in Washington, Aaron focuses on privacy, identity, and cybersecurity issues. Prior to joining CDT, Aaron worked as a law clerk at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he focused on patent and digital media litigation. Aaron also interned with the ACLU of Northern California, where he focused on the privacy, and free speech of emerging technologies .

Before becoming an attorney, Aaron was a web developer and customer support technician. He still builds web applications in his free time.

Steve Ressler

Founder and President of GovLoop   |   LinkedIn

Steve is a 3rd generation public sector leader and spent 6 years in roles at Social Security Administration, Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, and DHS Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. He has won the 2010 GovTech Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers Award, the 2007 and 2009 Federal 100 Award, and the 2009 AFCEA Bethesda Social Media Award. Additionally, he has been featured in many publications and conferences including the Washington Post, Harvard Kennedy School, World Economic Forum, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Huffington Post, among others.

Steve is also the co-founder of Young Government Leaders (YGL), a professional organization of over 2,000 government employees across the U.S. He is a Master’s graduate from the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Department of Homeland Security Fellowship. When not in D.C., he spends his time with his wife and two cats in Tampa, Florida.

Keith Casey

Developer Evangelist at Twilio   |   LinkedIn

Keith has been a developer for over a decade and helps organize various tech communities.

To pay the bills, he works as a Developer Evangelist for Twilio to get good tools to good developers so they can build great things. Previously, he built large-scale PHP-based systems for organizations ranging from major news companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is the web2project project lead, runs amok in Austin, and blogs on the mis-application of technology at CaseySoftware.com

Tim Falls

Community Guy @SendGrid   |   LinkedIn

Tim leads the SendGrid developer relations team in their quest to empower developers to tackle big challenges and spark innovation around email as a platform. He also helps bring hackdays to cities across the globe as a co-organizer of API Hackday. Beyond SendGrid, Tim helps accelerate the startup community in Boulder, CO, as producer of Boulder Beta and community volunteer at TechStars.

Mark Scrimshire

Health and Social Technologist   |   LinkedIn

Chief Instigator and Co-Founder of non-profit HealthCamp Foundation. Promoting health engagement through an international network of "un-conferences" where participants set the agenda and develop innovative ideas to solve health challenges.

A Business-focused Health and Social Technology Architect. Passionate about Health and driven to empower organizations and consumers to connect with better health, wellness and vitality. A thought leader in the Consumerization of Health, helping health care organizations grapple with the collision of the web, mobile and social media.

An Innovator with global expertise. Connecting the dots across diverse technologies to solve complex challenges. A creative problem solver with deep experience deploying technology in Health Care, Telecommunications, Government and Financial Services.

Dave Johnson

Data Analyst & Training Specialist at Development Seed   |  

DJ is a data analyst and training specialist at Development Seed, where he guides the data strategy and processing of custom mapping projects. He also leads many of our map making and data visualization trainings, teaching people how to use tools like TileMill and MapBox to make maps, share them online, and better integrate maps and data visualizations into their work.

Before joining Development Seed, DJ taught middle schoolers media literacy and documentary filmmaking. He studied international relations and visual arts at Boston University, focusing primarily on the intersection of international conflict, religion, and politics.

Sabrina Hersi Issa

Digital Director at Be Bold Media   |   LinkedIn

Sabrina is the Digital Director at Be Bold Media, a digital media firm that develops online campaigns, storytelling and apps for organizers around the world. She is the founder of the Human Rights Roundtable, a forum for human rights activists, online organizers and foreign policy thought leaders to discuss innovation and best practices and the co-founder of EndFamine.com, a community dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to global hunger launched in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa. She is the lead developer of TranslatedHealth a program that seeks to bridge the language gap in healthcare and the co-founder of Washington Women Social Entrepreneurs. Previously, she was a Program Advisor at Afghans for Civil Society, worked for National Public Radio and Oxfam America. The Women & Politics recognized her with it’s Political Ambition Award, the Women’s Information Network recently named her a Young Woman of Achievement for Social Innovation and Washingtonian Magazine named her a Woman to Watch.

Zuly Gonzalez

Co-founder, CFO/COO at Light Point Security   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Zuly has over 10 years of experience in the U.S. Federal Government as an Information Assurance Engineer and Security Vulnerability Analyst. In this position, Zuly was responsible for securing National Security Information Systems. Zuly later transitioned to Project Management to manage multi-million dollar Technical Security (TSCM) government contracts.

Zuly holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Zuly is a moderator on the startups Stack Exchange site. She is also a passionate animal welfare advocate and hopes to someday start a no-kill animal sanctuary.

Ginger Groeber

Founder of exFederal

Ginger Groeber has extensive experience in the government (Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel) and the private sector (Vice President, Lockheed Martin) managing large government programs and operations, providing strategic and operational human capital and human resources support. Ginger has had responsibility for large government human resources information systems, policy development/implementation, workforce planning and strategic human capital planning, and management of all operational programs and services.

In 2004, she started the first of two Human Resources consulting companies she founded focusing on Federal contract operations and support and in 2012, she started a job finder and resume hosting website, exfederal.com to connect those with Federal experience to employers who have Federal contracts and need staff to fill positions.

Ginger looks for how to improve government and private sector practices with innovation and systems improvements. She pushes herself and clients to look for out of the box solutions.

Justin Lewis

Co-founder and CTO at NationalField   |  

Justin Lewis is Co-Founder and CTO at NationalField, a DC-based enterprise social networking company that focuses on connecting people with data to drive business performance. The company spun out of a project originally developed inside Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for President. Lewis, along with co-founders Aharon Wasserman and Edward Saatchi, was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @justintlewis

Gwynne Kostin

Digital Gov at GSA

Gwynne has just been named the Director Digital Services Innovation Center at GSA. This virtual center is being stood up to catalyze and accelerate agency efforts implementing the White House Federal Digital Strategy by focusing on information and data, customer experience and sharing resources to help agencies do more with less.

She’s worked on providing services through technology for the past 15 years in government tech, homeland security, education and health care. Gwynne enjoys talking to interesting people and figuring out how things work.

Richard Murby

Open Innovation Technologist at the World Bank

Richard's career has blended the worlds of startups and government. He is passionate about the possibility of bringing technologists into government at every level. From starting as a backend developer Richard has transitioned to both product and business leadership roles. Currently he is helping the World Bank's Innovation Practice on how to unlock creativity and engage the global technology community. In his spare time in invests and provides strategic advice to a few DC local businesses.

Jamey Harvey

Founder of Sponto, former Deputy CTO of DC

Jamey Harvey is the founder and CEO of mobile pioneer, Sponto. Previously, Jamey was a serial entrepreneur and oversaw application development and eGovernment as Deputy CTO for the District of Columbia. Jamey is an active contributor to the local startup ecosystem and is a founding member of Geekeasy, Foundercorps, and Startup DC.

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