Craig Newmark, Peter Levin Join Lineup Of Top Innovators Slated To Address Federal Technology Leaders At Nextgov Prime

Press Release | Nextgov | September 12, 2013

Nextgov Prime will convene 500+ senior federal technology leaders in Washington, D.C. on October 15th-16th to explore the future of technology and government.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, will join Peter Levin, former Department of Veteran Affairs chief technology officer, to deliver a special session on government's role in driving breakthrough innovation at Nextgov Prime, the premier event exploring the future of technology and government,  on October 15th-16th in Washington, D.C., announced the event's producer Government Executive Media Group.  

Nextgov Prime will convene the most powerful audience of federal technology influencers in the market -- over 500 federal I.T. decision makers -- across two days to explore the latest insights and ideas on how to harness technology to improve operational efficiency and better serve their agency missions.

In their keynote session, Newmark and Levin will discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs' Blue Button initiative which provides millions of veterans easy, one-click access to their own health care records.  The Blue Button project is an example of how innovative thinkers in government are leveraging technology to build smarter, leaner, more effective programs and practices that make a difference in the lives of the American people.

Newmark and Levin are the latest additions to a dynamic lineup of federal and industry technology stars deeply invested in helping federal managers leverage technology to transform government. 

Additional confirmed speakers include:

  • Ben Balter, Government Bureaucat, GitHub
  • Richard Boly, former Director, Office of eDiplomacy, State Department
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly, 11th District of Virginia, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Greg Garcia, former Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications at Department of Homeland Security and Principal, Garcia Cyber Partners
  • Shane Harris, Author and Journalist, Foreign Policy
  • Leigh Heyman, Director, New Media Technologies at the White House
  • Mike Janke, CEO and Co-Founder of Silent Circle
  • Clay Johnson, Author, The Information Diet, and co-founder of Blue State Digital
  • Shawn Kingsberry, Chief Information Officer, Recovery and Accountability Transparency Board
  • Gwynne Kostin, Director, Digital Services Innovation Center, GSA
  • Joe Marks, Senior Correspondent, Nextgov
  • Katherine Peters, Executive Editor, Nextgov
  • Kate Randal, Insider Threat Analyst, FBI
  • Dominic Sale, Chief for Data, Analytics, and Reporting, OMB
  • Stephen Seidel, Senior Advisor, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Aliya Sternstein, Senior Correspondent, Nextgov
  • Kris Van Riper, Managing Director, Government Practice, CEB
  • Veda Woods, Chief Information Security Officer, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Fueled by the #1 federal technology web site,1 and a pre-qualified, invitation-only federal audience, Nextgov Prime will convene the most concentrated audience of federal technology purchase influencers in the market.

For more information on Nextgov Prime and to request an invitation, please visit

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