Arlene Corbin Lewis
Arlene Corbin Lewis
Summit 2021 Co-chair
Ryan Ko
Ryan Ko
Summit 2021 Co-chair

A stronger, more resilient government starts with equity.

The changes and challenges that we experienced over the last year rocked us and the entire  country to its core. A raging pandemic, crushing economic hardship, and horrific incidents of racial injustice tested us in ways that we could not have imagined and laid bare the structural and systemic inequities that have plagued America for too long.

We’re ready to turn toward rebuilding our country and designing a stronger government by seriously addressing unjust systems that harm marginalized communities. We’ve started the critical conversations about prioritizing racial equity, lived experiences, bringing new perspectives into the government technology ecosystem and now we are emboldened to design a government that represents all of us.

Government can work for all of us. It’s possible.

This year, new leadership in Washington represents an unprecedented opportunity to finally address systemic racism and economic injustice that’s been centuries in the making.

Accelerated by the events of 2020, we have a once-in-a-generation chance to transform the way our government serves the people it represents as technology permeates all facets of government. From changing lives by automatically clearing hundreds of thousands of criminal records to designing the forms for signing up for food stamps, the people at our summit are the people proving that it is possible to transform how government services can work for everyone.

Designing an equitable government will take all of us.

Meeting this moment will take honesty, clarity and courage from all of us. Whether you’re a community volunteer, a government employee, a vendor or contractor: we’re here for the same reason. At Summit, you’ll be part of a candid and open community that shares mistakes, learns from failures, and is ready to do what it takes to design government in ways that better reflect the needs of everyone – for the people, by the people, in the digital age. It will take all of us but we’re in this together.

Two days. Four tracks. One virtual experience.

Summit offers dozens of keynotes, breakout sessions, and workshops, focused on designing the  government that we need right now.

A Design + Delivery track that dives deep into how people-centered design thinking, user research, product management and iterative delivery are changing how government works and is improving outcomes in marginalized communities.

A Civic Innovation + Data track concentrating on how new (and not so new) technology helps government reconnect with people, how learning from lived experience is at the forefront of innovation, and what you need to know around data governance, data strategy, successful sharing, ethics and privacy.

An Operations + Management track for leaders and managers. Candid stories, practical advice and the strategies and tactics you need for changing organizational culture and shifting the course of a longstanding bureaucracy.

A Technology + Policy track, for the deep dive into delivery-driven policy, where technologists and policy and program leaders from diverse backgrounds work together, iterating on and delivering improved outcomes for the communities we serve.

A new day for new skills and new knowledge

Learn with public servants, advocates, technologists, and organizers from across the country who, like you, are ready to break through some of governments’ biggest challenges by removing barriers and expanding government access to serve all Americans.