Tech@State: Events


In its first iteration, Tech@State: Haiti, participants from the private sector, NGOs, academia, the Haitian Diaspora, and the public sector demonstrated and discussed their innovations in Haiti. The May 10, 2010 event served as an idea and technology exchange among participants and ignited those attending to collaborate on current and future projects in Haiti and in other nations. Learn More»

Mobile Money

The second iteration, Tech@State: Mobile Money, brought experts, practitioners and technologists in mobile banking and communications to discuss how to scale up the many successful pilots of mobile money, what made those pilots and success and how to replicate them, and the implications of the sector for U.S. diplomacy and development. The August 2, 2010 event had more than 240 attendees and a like number watching online from around the world. Learn More»


The GSMA mWomen Program launched on October 7, 2010 as part of the State Department's commitment to close the gender gap and increase opportunities for women. For more information on the GSMA's mWomen Program please visit: Learn More»

Civil Society 2.0

Civil Society 2.0 was the third edition and dealt with the interplay of technology in the formation of stronger, more resilient non-government, non-commercial institutions for social development. The November 4-5, 2010 event, held in partnership with the World Bank, hosted a variety of speakers on topics like disaster preparedness, economic development, democracy and civic engagement, and more. The event also featured an "unconference" at which participants orchestrated their own agenda to address issues of their own choosing to address pressing questions. The November Civil Society event was followed by a parallel outing in Santiago, Chile, for the official launch of the Civil Society 2.0 program. Learn More»

Open Source

For the fourth Tech@State, Open Source as software and culture was covered. Speakers from a variety of agencies and the private sector discussed the value of software created in an open and collaborative environment, and the organizational structure that allows that to happen. Also discussed was the risks, real and imagined, attached to open-source software and to proprietary software. Openness in communications and government applications was also talked about. There were breakout sessions on topics like standards, geospatial and mapping, security, foreign aid and development, health and education, among other topics. An "unconference" followed this February 11-12, 2011 event at the offices co-sponsor National Democratic Institute. Learn More»

Serious Games

The fifth Tech@State brought Serious Games to George Washington University on May 27-28, 2011 for debate and discussion with stakeholders, members of Public Private Partnerships, collaborators and New Media advocates. Presentations and panel discussions on the first day centered on the development, evolution and future of serious games; psychology, business and design characteristics related to serious gaming; and how games are applied. In the second day "unconference" attendees created their own agenda, through which they examined games' effectiveness, created games on the spot, and brainstormed ways games could be applied in a foreign affairs context. The conference's roughly 200 attendees were also challenged to design games aimed at the millions of disaffected and underemployed youth of the world to steer them from extremism. Learn More»

Data Visualization

Over 400 people registered for the sixth Tech@State, which focused on Data Visualization. Held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 23, 2011 the first day was attended by about 350 people and started with opening remarks by OES Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and a keynote speech by data visualization pioneer Edward Tufte. This was followed by ten panels chaired by over 40 industry speakers and experts. The second day was an "unconference," attended by about 60 interested in generating their own agenda on the topic of data visualization. Over the course of the two busy days, data visualization and numerous applications and analyses were examined and applied to various industries and topics like the State Department, mobile technology and natural disasters. The event was successful in disseminating constructive information on data visualization in support of U.S. diplomatic and development initiatives, and in facilitating collaboration between industries and agencies. Learn More»

Real-Time Awareness

Approximately 350 people attended the seventh Tech@State, Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness, at George Washington University on February 3-4, 2012. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs presented opening remarks, followed by a keynote address from the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency W. Craig Fugate. Six panels throughout the day delved deeper into social media, the vast amount of data it is creating, and how that information can be analyzed and packaged to build real-time awareness. Former State Department Franklin Fellow David Weinberger, author of "Too Big To Know," provided the afternoon keynote with an insightful perspective on how to deal with the large amounts of data found on the internet. Learn More»


The eighth Tech@State, Wiki.Gov, was held at George Washington University's Marvin Center on July 12-13, 2012, in conjunction with Wikimania 2012, an annual international gathering of Wikipedia experts, academics, and supporters. With 250 people in attendance, the event showcased knowledge sharing and citizen engagement through connection technologies, specifically wikis and wiki-related applications. Five sessions convened over the two-day conference to discuss the importance of sharing knowledge, creating platforms (like wikis) to host information, and the value of contributing to those platforms. Two panel discussions, focusing on federal government wikis, including Intellipedia, Powerpedia, GCpedia and Diplopedia, were the highlight of the conference. Learn More»


On November 30, 2012, the Office of eDiplomacy hosted approximately 250 people at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium for its ninth Tech@State conference, Tech@State: ElecTech. The event focused on the important and expanding role of technology on democratic elections and the electoral process both domestically and internationally. Over fifty experts from within the U.S. government, U.S. presidential campaigns, social media companies, international non-governmental organizations, non-profits, and academic institutions convened to speak on this subject. Missouri Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, provided the keynote address. The highlight of the conference was a panel on digital strategies used during the U.S. presidential election. Learn More»

Internet Freedom

On March 8-9, 2013, the Office of eDiplomacy convened its tenth Tech@State conference,Tech@State: Internet Freedom. The event, held on the campus of George Washington University, examined the various methods and tactics that can be used to enhance, expand, and protect Internet freedom. Over 50 experts from within the U.S. government, international non-governmental organizations, non-profits, technology companies, and academic institutions convened to speak on this subject before an audience for approximately 300, as well as an online audience of hundreds more U.S. and foreign participants watching from several U.S. embassies overseas. Learn More»

Moneyball Diplomacy

The eleventh Tech@State, Tech@State: Moneyball Diplomacy, on June 7, 2013, focused on the intersection of economic-thinking, technology, and diplomacy. The event, held on the campus of George Washington University, examined how economic approaches and issues have increasingly become an integral part of foreign policy and explored how analyzing data using a more rigorous economic approach can better inform foreign policy formulation and implementation in all fields. Representatives from the U.S. government, international non-governmental organizations, policy institutes, technology companies, and academic institutions convened to speak on this subject before an audience of approximately 300 attendees, as well as many more U.S. and foreign participants watching online from U.S. embassies abroad. Learn More»


On November 1, 2013, the Office of eDiplomacy hosted Tech@State: EdTech, which explored how technology is expanding educational opportunity around the world. The event, held on the campus of George Washington University, explored the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to education and how those changes can enhance diplomacy and offer educational opportunities around the world. Learn More»

Mobile Diplomacy

The U.S. Department of State explored the effects of mobile technology and their impact on diplomacy at Tech@State: Mobile Diplomacy on October 3, 2014. The event was 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. Learn More»