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#SocialGov Summit: Entrepreneurship and Small Business

March 27, 2014 @ 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

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Public services can use social media and data to grow opportunities for small business — Main Street U.S.A isn’t a one way street, though, and agencies must listen through digital engagement to the needs of entrepreneurs to manage better programs.

At our next federal-wide #SocialGov Summit, hosted by the #SocialGov Community and U.S. Small Business Administration, we will bring social technology innovators from across government to mix with the tech entrepreneur world and set the stage for improved programs in 2014.

Come to meet colleagues from agencies throughout government, discuss new programs and capabilities, watch government data fuel objects through the Internet of Things, and identify obstacles and opportunities we will meet together in the coming year.

The agenda for our first “#SocialGov Summit: Entrepreneurship” includes:

Nobody Beats the Biz — Startups as Partners in Improving Public Services, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Maxim Leyzerovich, User Experience and Design, nclud
  • Chris Lester, Branding and Strategy, Chief
  • Ida Wainschel, Global Data Strategy and Product Innovation, Dun & Bradstreet Innovation Lab
  • Jeff Makowka, Entrepreneurship Over Age 50, AARP
  • Ken Fang, the Internet of Things, Mobomo
  • Jack Bienko, Entrepreneurship Education, US Small Business Administration HQ (moderator)

Data = Action with The Internet of Things — How to Open APIs and Fuel Objects

  • Gray Brooks, Senior API Strategist, GSA

Innovative Public Engagement Programs to Support Entrepreneurs

  • Brittany Borg, Entrepreneurship Education, US Small Business Administration HQ — Engaging young entrepreneurs through outreach campaigns and digital education
  • Laura Egerdal, Digital Strategist, Securities and Exchange Commission — New policies allowing businesses to report earnings and announcements via social
  • Chase Fahrner, Small Business Specialist, Defense Intelligence Agency — Needipedia and Open Innovation Gateway
  • Justin Herman, SocialGov Community lead, General Services Administration (moderator)

Supporting Entrepreneurship Anytime, Anywhere on Any Device with MobileGov

How government is building apps, engaging with social media and releasing data to benefit entrepreneurs.

  • Lisa Wolfisch, Chief, Web and Social Media Branch, U.S. Census Bureau, Dwellr App and API/mobile data engagement with entrepreneurs
  • Mike Pulsifer, Technical Manager, Department of Labor, Labor Stats App/mobile data engagement with entrepreneurs
  • Andrew Hughey, Product Development Director, Internal Revenue Service, IRS2Go App
  • Jacob Parcell, Manager, Mobile Programs GSA Mobile Program Management Office (moderator)

Break It Down: News Genius Annotation Makes Path to Public Participation Clearer

  • IIan Zechory, Founder of Rap Genius
  • Anne Rung, Associate Administrator of Government-wide Policy, GSA
  • Liz Fosslien, Executive Editor of News Genius
  • Stephanie Rivera, Chief of Staff for Office of Government-Wide Policy, GSA
  • Justin Herman, SocialGov Community lead, General Services Administration (moderator)

This #SocialGov Summit is organized by the #SocialGov Community, including more than 500 social media managers from more than 130 federal agencies and partners, as well as the Small Business Administration. Our host venue is the new Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Lab, a civic innovation center open to all citizens to learn and create using technology.

Who Should Attend

This event is open to anyone in the government and entrepreneurial communities committed to growing more opportunities in 2014.


March 27, 2014
9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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