Have you done something to help usher in the era of Government 2.0 and want to show it off? Have you changed the culture of your organization from one that hoards information to one that openly shares and collaborates with each other? Are you tired of toiling in obscurity while you see the same stories about Intellipedia, the TSA blog, and GovLoop getting all the glamour and accolades (note: I think these are fantastic projects and don’t mean to diminish their value – just that they’re typically the most popular examples)? Maybe you are bringing openness and transparency to the government at the state or local level, but think that no one cares because it’s on such a small scale?
Well, if you answered yes to any of the questions above, here’s your chance to shine and maybe even win a coveted “Govie” Award. O’Reilly Media, Inc. and TechWeb, co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit and Web 2.0 Expo events, are holding the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase, a one day event featuring government projects that leverage the Web as a platform. The event will highlight the projects exhibiting transparency, participation and collaboration in government. The Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase will take place September 8, 2009 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
So, how do I participate?
Submit a proposal in one of the six categories, Government as Process, Provider, Partner, Protector, Peacemaker, or as Product. The Program Committee (full disclosure: I’m a member of the Program Committee), will review all submissions and choose four projects in each category who will give a five minute “lightning” talk about their project, followed by a panel discussion. Of these four presentations, one will be chosen to receive a “Govie” award and will be asked to come back and speak at the invite-only Gov 2.0 Summit taking place the next day.
How do I know if my project is good enough to be selected?
You don’t. But, the good news is that neither does the Program Committee unless they can read your proposal. The Committee is looking for the architects, managers, leaders and catalysts of real-life Government 2.0 projects to submit proposals for this unique event. They should represent new thinking, demonstrate the value of web 2.0 and gov 2.0 principles, and have made an impact on government and the citizens and communities it serves. We don’t know the full range of the projects that fit into the Government 2.0 revolution, which is why we’re hoping you’ll show us what you’ve got. These examples can be found at the state, local, federal, international, departmental, and agency levels. We’re looking forward to being surprised, both at the scope and nature of the proposals we receive.
That’s great marketing-speak, but bottom line, what’s in it for me?
Aside from fame and fortune, you mean? Well, how about:
- The chance to win a prestigious “Govie” – given only to the best example of Government 2.0 in each of the six categories.
- An opportunity to highlight your work, your organization, and your ideas in front of your Government 2.0 peers and other activists.
- Should you win a “Govie,” you’ll also be given the stage at the Gov 2.0 Summit where you can speak to some of the most influential names in social media and Government 2.0, including Tim O’Reilly, Vivek Kundra, Aneesh Chopra, and Bev Godwin.
- You’ll get to network and rub elbows with these same people as we will undoubtedly sample of the District’s finest drinking establishments.
- Validation of your hard work and long hours to realize the vision of Government 2.o.
- Help shape the focus of the Gov 2.0 Expo coming up in May 2010.
Good luck to all who submit proposals – I can’t wait to hear about all of the success stories out there that haven’t gotten all of the publicity, exposure, and awards.
More Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase Information