U.S. Department of State Hosts Tech@State: Open Source

Media Note
Washington, DC
February 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of State will host a conference on the opportunities and challenges of open-source software and culture at Tech@State: Open Source on February 11-12, 2011.

The first day's sessions will be held at the Department of State from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm on February 11. Chief Information Officer Susan Swart will open the event, which will feature government and non-government speakers convened from throughout the nation. The next day, February 12, there will be an all-day “unconference” at the National Democratic Institute.

Tech@State: Open Source convenes those with an interest in government use of Open Source technologies and those who can envision an “Open Source future” that supports improvements to the world’s information infrastructure. Through interactive sessions, speakers and attendees will address the topic from the level of policy, code, data sharing, communication, and more. The second-day unconference will afford attendees the opportunity to explore other areas as they create their own agenda and tap into the audience's expertise to delve deep into this subject.

Participants and conference leaders include representatives from the White House, Treasury, USAID, HHS, DoD, Google, Samba, Red Hat, FCC, Code for America, NASA, Crisis Commons, MIT, Sugar Labs, and many more. A conference schedule and speaker biographies can be found at http://tech.state.gov/profiles/blogs/tentative-schedule-for-open.

The event will be streamed live online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tech-state. For further details of the event, see http://tech.state.gov/profiles/blogs/link-summary-for-open-source. You can also follow the conference live via Twitter: @eDipAtState, @StateDept and @TechAtState, or via hashtags #OSS and #TechAtState.

For more information or if you have questions please contact Katie Dowd, DowdKW@state.gov, Noel Dickover, DickoverNT@state.gov, or Paul Swider, Swiderpa@state.gov.