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August 8th, 2024
Reston, VA

Agenda

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8:00am - 8:15am

Opening Keynote: AI Governance & Public Good

Welcome to GovAI Summit State & Local! In our Opening Keynote will set the table for the day, not only looking at the future of AI governance in the public sector, but also exploring how we ensure AI is developed transparently and ethically to benefit the whole of society.

Michelle Maldonado

Michelle Maldonado
Delegate
Virginia House of Delegates

8:15am - 8:40am

Safeguarding AI: How to Manage AI and its Potential Risks

This discussion will dive into the significant risks accompanying AI adoption and use. Speakers will evaluate existing and emerging regulations aimed at monitoring AI trustworthiness and compliance, providing guidance for government agencies to enhance risk management capabilities. The session will cover frameworks like NIST's AI RMF, recent federal policies, and strategies for integrating processes to reap AI's benefits responsibly.
Beju Rao

Beju Rao
CEO
Amruta

Michael Cannon

Michael Cannon
CTO
Stafford County, VA

8:45am - 9:15am

Transforming State and Local Government and Education with AI-Powered Apps

In this session, we explore the intersection of AI and public services, specifically tailored for state and local government agencies. Our journey begins with AI conversational assistants, which play a pivotal role in enhancing citizen engagement, streamlining administrative workflows, and delivering improved citizen services. We’ll dive into real-world use cases, sharing success stories from various government sectors. We’ll also delve into the foundational components that empower agencies to build and modernize AI applications that drive mission delivery and elevate digital experiences. 
Sachin Sinha

Sachin Sinha
Director, Technology Strategy
Microsoft

David Herlihy

David Herlihy
Director of Innovation & Cloud
Arlington County, VA

9:30am - 9:50am

Adversarial AI: Why it Matters Now

Adversarial AI attacks pose an emerging threat to government systems. In this talk, Dept of Homeland Security Sr. Advisor, Amy Henninger, will outline some of the risks adversarial AI presents specifically for state and local agencies. They'll cover why this issue matters now for municipalities and how to start building defenses against adversarial vulnerabilities.
Amy Henninger

Amy Henninger
Senior Advisor and Branch Chief, Advanced Computing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

9:50am - 10:30am

Panel: Resilience Strategies for Cybersecurity in Government

With cyber threats constantly evolving, this panel will focus on building resilient cybersecurity strategies for state and local government organizations and agencies. Experts will share best practices for risk mitigation, incident response, continuity planning, and cultivating a robust cyber workforce to protect critical systems and data assets.
Amy Henninger

Amy Henninger
Sr. Advisor, Advanced Computing
DHS

Bill Jewell

Bill Jewell
CIO
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Michael Cannon

Michael Cannon
CTO
Stafford County, VA

9:30am - 10:30am

Developing GenAI Application Security Testing and Validation Standards

The World Digital Technology Academy (WDTA) is a non-governmental organization established under the United Nations framework, that will publish comprehensive testing and validation standard for ensuring the security and reliability of Generative AI applications at 27th UN Conference on technology development In this session, I will introduce the WDTA AI-STR-01 standard, which outlines a detailed approach to testing and validating the security of AI applications across the entire AI application stack.
Ken Huang

Ken Huang
Co Chair of WDTA AI STR Working Group
World Digital Technology Academy (WDTA)

9:30am - 10:30am

Ethical AI Development: Leveraging Human-Centered Design for Inclusive and Trustworthy Solutions

As excitement around artificial intelligence (AI) continues to grow, there is a risk of hastily implementing AI tools without fully understanding the underlying problems we aim to solve. AI is often heralded as a "human accelerator," but the critical question is: What are we accelerating? Before brainstorming solutions or racing to deploy AI, we must first find the right problem to solve - one that truly addresses human needs and concerns.


This talk and/or workshop will introduce the value of conducting human-centered design workshops when developing ethical AI initiatives. Human-centered design upholds the principle of understanding the problem space before defining solutions. By involving end-users and stakeholders through inclusive workshops, teams can uncover core challenges, fears, and insights that may otherwise remain hidden.

Thelma Van

Thelma Van
UX Design Xpert & Managing Consultant
Excella

10:40am - 11:00am

Policy Implications of AI in Governance

As AI governance frameworks take shape, this talk will unpack some of the policy implications across different levels of government, including at the state, county, and local levels. Morgan Reed, President for ACT | The App Association will provide research and insights into regulations and policy futures that allow innovation while mitigating risks as AI permeates the public sector.
Morgan Reed

Morgan Reed
President
ACT | The App Association

11:00am - 11:40am

Panel: Ethics and Regulations in AI Governance

Continuing this block on AI Policy & Ethics, this panel will delve into the critical ethical considerations and potential regulations around governing AI systems in the public sphere. Our experts will discuss approaches to upholding core democratic values like transparency, accountability, and protecting civil liberties as AI use expands across government.
Caleb Williamson

Caleb Williamson
State Public Policy Counsel
ACT | The App Association

Joe Lee

Joe Lee
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of PA Governor Josh Shapiro

Traci Lee

Traci Lee
State & Local Gov't Affairs Lead
OpenAI

Tatiana Rice

Tatiana Rice
Deputy Director, U.S. Legislation
Future of Privacy Forum

10:40am - 11:40am

Tactics For Smartly Using GenAI in Local and State Government

GenAI and LLMs are the new buzzwords, but how can you actually apply these technologies to your use case(s). In this talk, we will understand how to define use cases into transactional, informational, and generative. We will then cover real life examples of stateful and non stateful flows which you'll be able to apply to your current, potential, and future use cases.

Nick Dokich

Nick Dokich
Lead Conversational AI Consultant
Google

10:40am - 11:40am

Horizontal Data Integration: Tactics and Strategies

Description to come.
Jason Spalding

Jason Spalding
Data Analyst
U.S. Army

11:50am - 12:20pm

Preparing State and Local Government Workforces for AI Adoption

As state and local governments look to harness the potential of artificial intelligence, preparing the workforce is a critical priority. This session will explore practical strategies for upskilling current staff, attracting AI talent, building multidisciplinary teams, and fostering a culture of continuous learning. Best practices and case studies from pioneering government agencies will be shared. Attendees will leave with a roadmap and concrete next steps for developing the AI skills and talent needed for successful adoption.
Michelle Lentz

Michelle Lentz
Senior Learning and AI Strategist
ELB Learning

Annie Newman

Annie Newman
Director of Digital Strategy
Office of PA Governor Josh Shapiro

12:20pm - 12:50pm

Harnessing GenAI to Strengthen Resource Allocation and Budget Buy-In

In this talk tailored for state and local agencies and departments, join us to hear how the DoD is exploring how generative AI can boost productivity as a knowledge partner and data assistant — to help analysts and agency leaders draft stronger, more compelling budget and resource allocation justification narratives.

Nichole Hyter

Nichole Hyter
NGRMS Program Manager
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (DoD)

Riya Jung

Riya Jung
Director, Digital Transformation
CACI

11:50am - 12:45pm

Creation of the ML-BOM: Leveraging SBOMs for Transparent AI Model Sharing in Government

The presentation delves into the use and specifics for creating a Machine Learning Bill of Materials (ML-BOM) to improve transparency and collaboration in AI model development across government agencies. It highlights the utility of transfer learning and the need for central model access to enhance scalability and reduce resource requirements. The ML-BOM would provide visibility into model components, data provenance, and dependencies, fostering interoperability and knowledge sharing between data scientists and agencies.

Lucy Hyde

Lucy Hyde
Data Scientist
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

11:50am - 12:45pm

Generative AI Agents: How they Work and How to Build One

Generative AI agents represent the next wave of AI adoption in the enterprise, driving a new era of business productivity. In this talk, we will discuss all you need to know about this exciting new technology and explain why it will change the way we work — including:
  • The underlying architecture of how generative AI agents work
  • A step-by-step guide on designing and developing AI agents
  • Practical hands-on code walkthrough to help you build your own agent
Michael Yee

Michael Yee
Founder & Technical Lead
TIGA.AI

12:50pm - 2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:15pm - 2:35pm

AI Powered Policing: Enhancing Public and Cyber Security

As artificial intelligence pervades both the physical and digital worlds, this session explores the potential and risks of applying AI to law enforcement. Richland County (SC) Sheriff Dept's Glenn Remsen will share case studies from their existing pilot programs to illuminate cybersecurity at the public scale, and what the future of AI could look like in law enforcement.
Glenn Remsen

Glenn Remsen
Deputy
Richland County (SC) Sheriff's Department

2:35pm - 2:55pm

From Socrates to Siri: Embracing AI in Education as an Ally, Not an Adversary

Journey through history and innovation as we explore the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in education. This session will challenge perceptions and inspire educators to embrace AI as a valuable ally in the classroom. Through interactive activities and challenges utilizing AI tools and insightful discussions, participants will discover practical strategies for integrating AI into teaching practices, empowering them to enhance learning experiences and prepare students for the future.
Brittany Bernard

Brittany Bernard
Educational Technology Lead
DC Public Schools

2:55pm - 3:30pm

Panel: AI-Driven Resource Allocation in Education

This panel brings together experts from within the public education ecosystem to discuss AI's emerging role in resource allocation. Speakers will share insights on leveraging AI for data-driven decision making that optimizes funding across districts, schools, and programs. They'll also explore AI's potential to personalize learning experiences and ensure equitable access to educational resources based on student and community needs.
Brittany Bernard

Brittany Bernard
Educational Technology Lead
DC Public Schools

Shiron Lindsay

Shiron Lindsay
Instructional Technology Strategist
Baltimore City Public Schools

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Networking Reception

After a full day of amazing talks, panels, and breakout sessions, join us for a networking reception. Enjoy a beverage or two and make those final connections before you leave!

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