On October 11, 2023, The Atlantic Council GeoTech Center will host a public, multi-stakeholder hybrid event discussing data strategies for an AI-powered government. This event will accompany the release of the GeoTech Center’s findings on the challenges and opportunities to making data “AI-ready” across the Federal enterprise, along with recommendations for planning, piloting, and procurement.

The rapid increase in demand within the public sector to use AI-based tools through cloud service providers for a wide variety of use cases poses significant challenges for Federal Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Data Officers (CDOs), and other IT stakeholders in the data ecosystem. The technical applications of AI built on Federal data are extensive, including hyper-personalization of information and service delivery, predictive analytics, autonomous systems, pattern and anomaly detection, and more.

Following a brief overview of our findings, the event will lead off with a fireside chat on how to bring data-driven AI insights to the Federal enterprise featuring leaders from the public and private sectors. Additional experts from the public and private sectors, including from the White House and the DoD, will discuss what agencies can do and are doing to successfully plan and develop data-centric AI applications, and to pilot and scale data and AI for mission impact.

In-person registration for this event will be capped at 80 guests, and RSVPs are first-come, first-serve. If you are unable to join in-person, please register for the Zoom livestream or watch the YouTube livestream (link above will be live during and after the event). For more information on in-person or virtual attendance, please contact Solomon Wise at SWise@AtlanticCouncil.org.


Opening remarks and overview of findings


Lloyd Whitman
Senior Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council


Janice DeGarmo
Chief Operating Officer
Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue University

Max Peterson
VP, Worldwide Public Sector
Amazon Web Services

Lloyd Whitman
Senior Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

Fireside chat: Bringing data-driven AI insights to the federal enterprise
Panel discussion: Planning and developing data-centric AI applications


Garrett Berntsen
Director for Technology and National Security
National Security Council

Viveca Pavon Harr
Director of Applied Intelligence Discovery Lab
Accenture Federal Services

Haluk Resat
Program Leader, Bridge2AI Program
NIH OD Office of Strategic Coordination

Bryan Lane
Technology Writer | Advisor | Civil Servant


Marguerite Benson
Former USG/CIA

Bharat Patel
Product Lead, Project Linchpin – Sensor AI

Jane Pinelis
Chief AI Engineer
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Panel discussion: Piloting and scaling data and AI for mission impact
Closing remarks


Kyle Michl
Chief Innovation Officer
Accenture Federal Services

Additional speakers to be announced.

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