U.S. Department of State Hosts Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy Conference

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 1, 2014


The U.S. Department of State will explore the effects of mobile technology and their impact on diplomacy at Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy on Friday, October 3, 2014. The event is designed to stimulate conversations between Department of State personnel and a wider community about ways mobile technologies can transform the work of diplomacy and development.

The event will be held on the campus of the George Washington University (GWU) at the Jack Morton Auditorium (Media and Public Affairs Building), located at 805 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20052, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy will open with a discussion between Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, and Matthew Barzun, Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, moderated by Tom Shoop, Executive Vice President and Editor in Chief at Government Executive Media Group.

This will be followed by a keynote speech by Mindel De La Torre, the Chief of the International Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. A plenary panel of distinguished experts from industry and the U.S. Department of State, including Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Greg Starr, will subsequently discuss how new mobile technology is changing business within the federal government and improving citizen interactions with government. The morning session will conclude with a series of “Ignite” presentations—fast paced five minute talks—on a variety of mobile technology topics.

In the afternoon, Mark Ryland, Chief Solutions Architect for Amazon Web Services, will deliver keynote remarks, followed by two periods of breakout sessions that feature in-depth discussions on specific topics by a panel of experts. Themes to be covered include: Mobile to Empower U.S. Diplomacy, Design & User Experience, Wearables & the Internet of Things, Mobile Development Within Organizations, Mobile in Developing Countries, Best Practices with U.S. Government Apps, Next Generation of Mobile Solutions & Practices, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) & Open Data.

Participants include representatives from the U.S. Government, international organizations, non-profit, and academic institutions. A conference event schedule and speaker biographies can be found here. Registration is free, open to the general public, and can be accessed here.

The event will also be streamed live online at http://tech.state.gov/live. Participants can also follow the conference live on Twitter via hashtag #TechAtState and through @eDipAtState, @StateDept, and @TechAtState.

For more information, or if you have questions related to the conference, please contact Alan Bolduc at BolducAL@state.gov and Isaiah Joo at JooHI@state.gov.