Socrata Presents

Join us March 6-8, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center, Washington, DC

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It’s Time to Lead with Data

These are dynamic times that require thoughtful, informed decision-making. As a member of the government, how can you best approach the decisions that face you? Data can provide a foundation that lets you, your peers, and citizens see the issues more clearly and move forward on them together. It’s time to make great decisions. It’s time to lead with data.

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Free Consulting Sessions

This year at Connect, book complimentary one-on-one time with a Socrata Consultant. Spend time strategizing how to fully optimize your platform, or work through data ingress or publishing questions - a consulting session is a great opportunity to remove roadblocks and get the most out of your Socrata solution.

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With over 20 topical Meetups and networking events, you'll easily find a group of peers who are working on the same things as you and your team. Then, keep in touch with your new data-loving friends by joining the Socrata online community.

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Featured Speakers

Amen Ra Mashariki

Chief Analytics Officer, New York City

Amen Ra Mashariki

Chief Analytics Officer, New York City

Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki is the City's Chief Analytics Officer and leads the Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA). Dr. Mashariki is an accomplished leader within government, private sector and academia with experience in bringing Big Data processing and analytics for large and complex data management efforts. He started his professional careers as a software engineer at Motorola working on over-the-air data transmission projects and led a team of user-interface developers to build components of security features for handheld devices. Most recently, Dr. Mashariki served as Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Mashariki previously worked at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab as a computer scientist and research scientist where he led a team working on data mining and data fusion projects in the bioinformatics domain. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Informatics at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center and taught computer science courses at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and robotics at Northwestern University.

Dr. Mashariki holds a Doctor of Engineering from Morgan State University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Lincoln University. Amen is a Brooklyn native and attended Brooklyn Tech High School.

Kakul Srivastava

VP Product Management, Github

Kakul Srivastava

VP Product Management, Github

Ganesha Martin

Chief, Department of Justice Compliance and Accountability/External Affairs at Baltimore Police Department

Ganesha Martin

Chief, Department of Justice Compliance and Accountability/External Affairs at Baltimore Police Department

Teresa Carlson

Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Teresa Carlson

Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Teresa Carlson leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Worldwide Public Sector business, which includes state, local, central and regional governments; educational institutions and Ed Techs, and non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO), and acts as an advisor to Amazon Public Policy on global policy issues. Since starting AWS’s public sector business in 2010, Carlson has driven the business’ growth, which today accounts for over 2,300 government, 7,000 education, and 22,000 nonprofit/nongovernmental organization customers, and a vast partner ecosystem across all geographies.

Prior to joining AWS, Carlson served as Vice President of Microsoft Federal Government, where she was responsible for defining the strategy for the company’s US Federal Government business. Before moving into technology, Carlson worked in health care, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development.

Carlson dedicates much of her time to philanthropic and leadership roles to support her global community. This includes service as the Board Chairman of the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, Board member of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the USO of Metropolitan Washington Board of Directors, the Veteran Administration (VA) Advisory Committee, Princeton University’s Infrastructure Board, among others. Carlson has received many honors over the years, including being named as one of Business Insider’s Most Important People in Cloud Computing, and listed as one of the Washingtonian’s 100 Most Powerful Women and 100 Top Tech Leaders.

Carlson earned her undergraduate and Masters of Science degrees in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University.

Dan Morgan

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Dan Morgan

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory

Charlie Catlett

Senior Computer Scientist, U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory

Charlie Catlett is a Senior Computer Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division and a Senior Fellow at the Argonne / University of Chicago Computation Institute. His current focus areas include cyber security, distributed computing and mobile/embedded computing. From 2007-2011, Catlett served as Argonne’s Chief Information Officer.

Prior to joining Argonne in 2000, Catlett was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was part of the original team that established NCSA in 1985 and his early work there included participation on the team that deployed and managed the NSFNet. In the early 1990′s Catlett participated in the DARPA/NSF Gigabit Testbeds Initiative, coordinated by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives.

Catlett was the founding chair of the Global Grid Forum (GGF, now Open Grid Forum) from 1999 through 2004. During this same period he designed and deployed one of the first regional optical networks dedicated to academic and research use – I-WIRE, funded by the State of Illinois.

He has been involved in Grid (distributed) computing since the early 1990s, when he co-authored (with Larry Smarr) a seminal paper “Metacomputing” in the Communications of the ACM, which outlined many of the high-level goals of what is today called Grid computing.

Catlett was also named to the Crain’s Chicago Business Tech 50 list for 2014, an annual list that includes people from research laboratories, academia, industry – from entrepreneurs to techies – those who are “shaping Chicago’s technology digital scene.”

Lilian Coral

Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles

Lilian Coral

Chief Data Officer, City of Los Angeles

Lilian Coral is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, working within the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, she has taken the Mayor's directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, after having spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader. Having had the opportunity to work with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government, she felt inspired to apply her experience to re-thinking the way in which government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.

Most recently, as the founding Director of 2–1–1 California, she led a network of 26 non-governmental organizations, available to over 33 million Californians. The most significant challenge faced was: transforming legacy systems into state-of-the-art services that leverage technology to improve the lives of the most under-privileged in our communities. 2–1–1 programs throughout the U.S.A. and Canada provide the public with information, assessment and linkages to a wide range of public and private community resources, health and human services, and disaster response assistance.

Ms. Coral hold a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and is a native of Colombia, a place from where much of her inspiration for innovation and social justice emerged.

Brett Goldstein

Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures

Brett Goldstein

Managing Partner, Ekistic Ventures

Brett Goldstein is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Ekistic Ventures, a group of urban problem-solvers who are actively cultivating a portfolio of disruptive companies that bring new solutions to critical urban problems.

A government studies major in college who taught himself to code in his spare time, Brett began his career as an early employee of OpenTable, where he helped scale the company’s technical and business operations from a small startup to a multinational enterprise over seven years.

Brett returned to his public sector interests in 2006 when he joined the Chicago Police Department, graduating at the top of his Police Academy class. After a year as a beat cop in the 11 th district, he founded and eventually commanded the department’s Predictive Analytics Group, a team that used advanced analytics to enhance police efforts. In 2011, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Brett as the first-ever municipal Chief Data Officer. As CDO and later CIO, he established one of the nation’s leading open data efforts and overhauled the city's technology infrastructure to reflect the needs of 21st century government. He also created WindyGrid, a situational awareness and analytics platform that was first used during the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit and later adapted to support improved service delivery citywide.

In 2013, Brett curated and edited Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation, an anthology on the potential of open data to reshape the relationship between residents and government. Brett was also featured in a chapter of The Silo Effectby Gillian Tett (2015), which discusses Brett’s work with the Chicago Police Department to reduce crime and murder rates.

In addition to his work with Ekistic Ventures, Brett serves as a Senior Fellow and Special Advisor for Urban Science at the University of Chicago. He advises governments, universities, and major corporations around the globe on how to use data to better understand urban ecosystems.

Dan Doctoroff

CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Dan Doctoroff

CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Daniel L. Doctoroff is CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he launched with Google to improve cities for residents, businesses and city governments. Prior to founding Sidewalk, he was president and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. Dan previously served as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Dan led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy, including the creation of PlaNYC, a 127-point plan designed to create the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city.

Tyler Kleykamp

Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut

Tyler Kleykamp

Chief Data Officer, State of Connecticut

Tyler Kleykamp is the State of Connecticut’s Chief Data Officer, within the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). Tyler is responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing staff and activities related to the collection, analysis, and dissemination of the State’s enterprise information assets. Tyler has previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Council as well as the State GIS Coordinator. In addition, he has led numerous initiatives to improve data and information sharing including; emergency management and disaster response, transparency and accountability during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and land use and economic development activities.

Kevin Merritt

Founder, CEO, Socrata

Kevin Merritt

Founder, CEO, Socrata

Kevin founded Socrata because he recognized that the massive amounts of data in the world could be put to use in people’s everyday lives to make them better. Kevin had previous successes as an entrepreneur. In 2002 Kevin founded MessageRite, which developed and provided a web-based email archiving service. In 2004, FrontBridge Technologies acquired MessageRite where Kevin functioned as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In 2005, Microsoft acquired FrontBridge. At Microsoft Kevin served as Software Architect and Director of Operations before leaving to found Socrata in 2007. At heart, Kevin is a software entrepreneur with a passion for making customers elated by delivering great software as a service.

Jonathan Schwabish

Sr Research Associate, Urban Institute

Jonathan Schwabish

Sr Research Associate, Urban Institute

Jonathan Schwabish is a Senior Research Associate in The Urban Institute’s Income and Benefits Policy Center. He is also a member of the Institute’s Communication team where he specializes in data visualization and presentation design. His research agenda includes such areas as earnings and income inequality, immigration, disability insurance, retirement security, data measurement, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other aspects of public policy.

Dr. Schwabish is also considered a leader in the data visualization field and is a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in research. He has written on various aspects of how to best visualize data including technical aspects of creation, design best practices, and how to communicate social science research in more accessible ways. He was named a “visualization thought leader” by AllAnalytics in 2012 and speaks widely on the issues of data visualization, open data, and data use in organizations.

Dr. Schwabish also teaches data visualization and presentation skills at Georgetown University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, as well as in public workshops and for private clients through his consulting firm, PolicyViz. He also co-hosts the Rad Presenters Podcast, which aims to improve people’s presentation skills. He also hosts the PolicyViz podcast, which focuses on data, open data, and data visualization. He is currently writing a book on presentation skills and design with Columbia University Press.

Rushern L. Baker, III

County Executive, Prince George’s County, MD

Rushern L. Baker, III

County Executive, Prince George’s County, MD

Rushern L. Baker, III is the 7th County Executive of Prince George’s County, MD. He started his political career in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1994.

Soon after taking office as County Executive in 2010, Mr. Baker established the Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF), an unprecedented $50 million fund designed to stimulate business growth in the County. He has also streamlined government operations to make the County more business friendly resulting in over $7 billion of development on tap. He is focused on improving healthcare and is working with the state of Maryland to build a new Regional Medical Center in Prince George’s County.

Mr. Baker also created the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) in 2012, an innovative approach to uplift economically challenged neighborhoods. This collaborative approach between the government and the community t has helped reduce overall crime to its lowest levels in over 30 years.

Mr. Baker is committed to improving public education. He championed groundbreaking legislation that changed the governance structure of the County’s Public Schools, giving him more oversight over public schools than any executive in the State of Maryland.

A recipient of many awards and honors, including the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ National Leadership Award for Public Service and the Most Innovative Executive of the Year for Minority Business from the Maryland/Washington Minority Contractors Association. He was also presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Howard University in 2013 as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Also, he was named one of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2014 Washingtonians of the Year and presented with the Latino Leaders Network’s 2015 Chairman’s Award. Governing Magazine recently selected him as one of their 2015 Public Officials of the year. 2016 Public Service Honoree presented by Alzheimer's Association.

Mr. Baker serves in numerous leadership roles at the state and national levels. He is President of the County Executives of America as well as the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He is also on the board of National Association of Counties and the Maryland Association of Counties.

Mr. Baker received his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University. He is married to Christa Beverly and they are the parents of three adult children.

Tony Yarber

Mayor, Jackson, MS

Tony Yarber

Mayor, Jackson, MS

Born to George and Deloris Yarber, Mayor Tony T. Yarber was reared in the Westside Community, Subdivision # 2. A product of Jackson Public Schools, Mayor Yarber received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, M.S. in Education Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University, and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Belhaven University.

Throughout the years, Mayor Yarber has been a strong advocate for his community. He has consistently utilized his education, experiences, and beliefs as a driving force behind his passion for the development of all people. His relentless passion for the City of Jackson to be restored is evident in his commitment to this great city.

Mayor Yarber married his high school sweetheart, Rosalind Neal Yarber, thirteen years ago. Mrs. Yarber received a B.S. in Social Work from Jackson State University, and her M.S. in Management from Belhaven College (University). She is also a licensed social worker for the State of Mississippi. Currently, she serves as the director of social services for the Jackson metro area for one of the largest international non–profit companies.

Tony and Rosalind are the proud parents of three children: Carmen, Cameron and Toni Michelle, all of whom attend public schools within the City of Jackson. Mayor Yarber is dedicated to creating a better Jackson, not just for his wife and children, but for all of the citizens of our great City!

Through his work in the public school systems, city council, and community engagement projects, Mayor Yarber has obtained the skills and knowledge to move Jackson forward. Mayor Yarber’s passion for youth-related and restored values within Jackson has impacted the community he serves and left impressions on the lives of countless citizens. He has a desire and passion to see citizens of Jackson empowered and proud to say that they are true Jacksonians. With his innovative approaches and concepts, Mayor Yarber continues to cross economic, cultural and social boundaries.

Socrata Connect Venue

The iconic Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center will play host to this year's Socrata Connect. One of the country's most impressive resort hotels, the Gaylord sits right on the Potomac River in the National Harbor area, minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

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Agenda

March
5
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Welcome Reception
March
6
7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Socrata Connect Day 1
  • Education Program Classes
  • Customer Dinner
  • Free Consulting Workshops
March
7
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Socrata Connect Day 2
  • Education Program Classes
  • Networking Happy Hour
  • Free Consulting Workshops
March
8
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Data Camp Workshops
  • Education Program Classes
  • Free Consulting Workshops
Last Year Highlights

Kevin Merritt Keynote Address

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Last Year Highlights

Stories from Urban Data Science

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Last Year Highlights

Put the Data Where Your Mouth Is

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