Keynote Speaker

Mark Headd

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CitycampNC is pleased to announce Mark Headd (@mheadd) as our keynote speaker this year. We are deeply humbled and honored to be able to bring a world class leader to the Triangle to share his thoughts and insights in the area of civic technology and open government.

Mark currently works for Accela, Inc. as Technical Evangelist to build a developer community around the Accela Civic Platform – bringing value to the company’s customers, partners and clients.

Previously Mark was the City of Philadelphia’s first Chief Data Officer, where he led the city’s open data and government transparency initiatives.

Mark was one of the founding members of Code For America where he worked as Director of Government Relations, culminating a period of almost 2 years of collaboration with the organization on open government and civic hacking projects across the country and in Philadelphia.

His pedigree is further enhanced by the three years he worked as the Chief Policy and Budget Advisor for the State of Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information. He has also served as Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, as Technology Adviser to former Delaware Governor Thomas R. Carper, and in the New York State Senate as a Budget and Finance Analyst.

Speaker line-up for CityCamp NC 2015

Lightning Talk Speakers – Thursday, June 11

Emcee: Bonner Gaylord, General Manager, North Hills; Raleigh City Council

Bonner is the general manager of North Hills. He oversees day-to-day operations at North Hills and directs members of Kane’s property management team on marketing, events, sponsorships, public safety, custodial, maintenance, and tenant relationships. He is also involved in the planning of North Hills’ expansion, which when complete will make the project one of the country’s largest mixed-use developments. He is a NC licensed general contractor, a NC licensed real estate broker, a LEED accredited professional through the US Green Building Council, and a Friday Fellow through the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. Bonner was elected as a Raleigh City Councilor in 2009, was reelected without opposition in 2011 and 2013, and is currently serving as the inaugural chair of the Technology and Communications Committee, Comprehensive Planning Committee member, and as council liaison to six local boards and commissions.

Lawrence Abeyta—Open Data, Mobile, and Beacons – Oh My!

Lawrence is the COO/Co-Founder of APPCityLife. He has been a software engineer for 20 years. He is a serial entrepreneur who has raised millions in venture capital and has experienced successful exits. He co-founded Tekworks in 1998, a software company that was part of a successful IPO and acquisition by Symantec. He was an original software architect of SMS for Microsoft Back Office and has developed enterprise solutions for Disney, Dell, Walmart. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a rock climber and plays classical guitar.

Jedidiah Gant—Citizen Informed: Hybrid Media Infrastructure in Raleigh

Jedidiah Gant is a Digital Urbanist currently working on media strategy for Myriad Media and Smarter Cities Challenge with IBM. He is a partner in the obsessive online information source New Raleigh and the founder of Cooke Street Carnival, Olde Raleigh, and Raleigh Murals Project.

Alex Gibson—Mass Transit is Failing You

How about bullet points:
– Taxpayer
– Founder of 4 startups
– Two successful startup exits
– Product Manager at Transloc in Durham

Kim Johnson—Go Triangle and Citizen Engagement

Kim Johnson has been living in Raleigh long enough to be considered a native. She’s also been with Triangle Transit, now GoTriangle, for 8 years. Kim is the Wake County Employer Outreach Coordinator for GoSmart and Regional Outreach person for the Fortify Road Construction project. This basically means that she talks with businesses and residents all the time about choosing to get around without a car.

Sarah Kahn—Girl Develop It RDU

Sarah Kahn is one of three co-leaders of the Raleigh Durham Chapter of Girl Develop It. She is also the UX Manager at Saffron Technology.

About GDIRDU – Girl Develop It RDU chapter was founded a little over two years ago. With a little funding and a lot of hard work from our supporters, we’ve grown to over 1200 members. Our classes have empowered members to learn to code and to go on to teach others to code, and find jobs in technology.

Twyla McDermott—Citygram: From Geek Speak to Human Speak

Twyla McDermott works for the City of Charlotte with executive leadership responsibilities for enterprise GIS, enterprise address master data management, open data and other corporate technology programs that span multiple agencies. Her professional contributions extend over private, public and civic sectors with consulting and volunteer work in strategic planning, applied research and spatial analysis for a number of retail, urban development, healthcare and government agencies. She completed the executive leadership program at Harvard University Kennedy School and is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer by the UNC School of Government. More interestingly, Twyla has achieved a Wine Certification Award with Merit from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, London.

Zeydy Ortiz—Exploring CitySDK

Zeydy Ortiz, Ph. D. is the founder and chief data scientist at DataCrunch Lab. She received her doctoral degree in computer science from NCSU. She is passionate about helping teams and organizations derive actionable insights for data-driven decision making. She loves learning cool new tools and thinks that everyone should participate in a hackathon at least once!

Caroline Sullivan—Technology for Government

Caroline Sullivan was elected to the Wake County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair. She also serves on the boards of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, Triangle Family Services, WakeEd Partnership, Wake County Smart Start and the Poe Center for Health Education. She is on the NC Association of County Commissioners Special Task Force on Mental Health as well as the Education and Health and Human Services Committees. Caroline is married and has two children in Wake County Public Schools. She recieved a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Allison Warren-Barbour—Real Solutions, Transformative Change

Allison Warren-Barbour has been in sales and development for over 10 years in both the for profit and non-profits industries. She began her career with Accenture after graduating from Miami University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior. Allison went on to receive a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological seminary and worked in sales management for two years before moving to Atlanta where she started her nonprofit career. She started as a new business development officer with a Financial Literacy nonprofit, Operation HOPE, and then joined United Way of Greater Atlanta in 2009. She was responsible for leading a team which helped raise $80 million annually for the community. She moved to the Triangle in July of 2013 where she joined United Way of the Greater Triangle. She leads the Resource Development department around innovative strategies for engaging cross-sector partners through UWGT work and strategic investments. Allison lives in Cary, NC with her husband, Kevin and two daughters, Anya & Isla.

GIS Panel – Friday, June 12

Governments have have harnessed the power of data to improve operations and enhance services for their citizens through Geographic Information Systems. Municipalities and their communities have also come together to openly innovate and improve their quality of life through technology. Using GIS, these communities are finding next generation solutions to opportunities and challenges facing them. This panel will describe initiatives undertaken within their respective communities and talk about what is next for GIS.

Moderator

John Yaist

John is a Technology Evanglist at Esri, is a Map Geek through and through, recalling the Inner Nerd with a story of asking for the Ohio Almanac on his 10th birthday. Troubleshooter of geographic databases for years, recently entered into the world of web services and Python programming and has taken to coordinating Hackathon presence with Esri. Originally from The Midewest, currently lives in Palm Springs, California, which means he now regards anything below 90 degrees as jacket weather.

Panelists

Twyla Deese McDermott

Twyla McDermott works for the City of Charlotte with executive leadership responsibilities for enterprise GIS, enterprise address master data management, open data and other corporate technology programs that span multiple agencies. Her professional contributions extend over private, public and civic sectors with consulting and volunteer work in strategic planning, applied research and spatial analysis for a number of retail, urban development, health care and government agencies.

She completed the executive leadership program at Harvard University Kennedy School and is a Certified Government Chief Information Officer by the UNC School of Government. More interestingly, Twyla has achieved a Wine Certification Award with Merit from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, London.

Anne Payne, GISP

Anne Payne has worked at Wake County GIS since 1988 as the GIS DBA and Supervisor, Systems and Applications Team.

She has served on the NC Geographic Information Coordinating Council since 2004 and chaired or participated in committees that recommended policies for data sharing, data archiving, and metadata standards for state and local government GIS data.

Under her leadership, Wake County has been providing GIS data to the public free of charge since the 90’s – before anyone ever heard the term “Open Data”.

Recently, Wake County GIS has been a leader in the effort to develop an Open Data Portal (currently in beta) for the County.

Jim Alberque

Jim is the Web and GIS Program Manager for the City of Raleigh. He has been with the city for just over 18 months. Prior to joining Raleigh, Jim was the GIS technology manager for the City of Boston.

He has a passion for leveraging data and technology to solve problems and inform decisions.