Global Digital Leaders Explore Ways to Strengthen Government Through Technology

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 24, 2016

Technologists and digital experts from around the world are in the United States from October 24-November 4 to explore ways to modernize service delivery in government. The Global Digital Leaders Exchange is part of efforts by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the State Department to strengthen Digital Government globally and look at ways to apply technology innovation within government.

The 21 digital leaders will begin the program in Washington, D.C. by participating in an interactive design workshop, organized by OSTP, the U.S. Digital Service, and the State Department’s Collaboratory. The exercise will focus on identifying and developing targeted work plans for modern, data-driven digital services for each participant’s respective government. Participants will next visit Columbus, Ohio to examine “Smart City” innovations, and Detroit, Michigan to learn how technology has impacted the city’s urban renewal efforts. The exchange will conclude in San Francisco, California with participation in the Code for America Summit and site visits in Silicon Valley.

Throughout the program, these digital leaders will explore how governments at the local, state, and federal levels apply tech-sector expertise to policy challenges. Through meetings with colleagues in U.S. Government innovation labs, civic data and technology organizations, and leading technology companies, participants will grow the Digital Government network internationally.

Participants are arriving on this special initiative of the International Visitor Leadership Program from Canada, Estonia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.

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