Crowdsourcing the Future Takes Center Stage at ACT-IAC’s 2015 Executive Leadership Conference

Government and Industry Leaders Convene October 25 – 27, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va.--()--The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) today announced the program agenda and keynote speakers for its 25th Annual Executive Leadership Conference (ELC). Titled “Government 2020: Imagine the Possibilities,” the two-day premier training, education and leadership event will spark conversations among senior-level government and industry information technology (IT) executives about innovative ways to meet today’s challenges and plan for the future of government. The event, which will be structured around “Crowdversations,” will be held October 25 – 27, 2015, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.

“Emerging technology will continue to shake up the way government and industry interact in the coming years,” said Steve Cooper, 2015 ELC government chair. “ELC 2015 will take a look at the transformations taking place in government and imagine a future in which cutting-edge tech allows us to move faster and deliver high-quality services in ways that were unimaginable a mere decade ago.”

The event’s speakers and government-focused agenda feature leading experts from federal, academia, industry and the commercial world. 2015 ELC plenary speakers include US Navy Captain (Ret.) L. David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders, and David Weinberger, Ph.D., author of Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. Marquet will share leadership insights gleaned from his career commanding the nuclear-powered submarine USS Santa Fe, while Weinberger will share his views from the cutting-edge of data management.

ELC 2015 will take crowdsourcing to a new level with Crowdversations, a unique approach to sessions designed to spark lively discussions. The Crowdversations will provide participants with the opportunity for a dialogue-driven workshop surrounding nine distinct topics:

  • Emergent Technologies
  • The Future of Data as an Asset (data into knowledge)
  • Shared Services Redux
  • The Future of Intergovernmental IT: Where Does the Enterprise End?
  • Happy Birthday, FITARA! Soo…now what?
  • Excellence in Operations – Keep the Lights On and Clean Water Running
  • Security Challenge – How do you keep up?
  • Workforce of the Future
  • Acquisition 2020

The event will focus on transformative technologies and service-delivery models that are enabling government to meet and exceed mission challenges with greater efficiency and effectiveness. ELC 2015 will explore the transformations currently taking place within the public sector, with a Challenge Zone where attendees will take on high-level issues in a case study format, such as digital services, government as integrator, open data, the DATA Act, optimizing customer engagement, technology supporting innovative management and more.

“The public sector needs to capitalize on technological advances if it wants to keep up with citizens’ future needs and expectations,” said Tony Bardo, 2015 ELC industry chair. “ELC 2015 participants will have the opportunity to step outside the box and explore new ideas and techniques that have the potential to radically alter the way we do business.”

Following the success of past years, it is anticipated that more than 800 senior-level government officials and industry executives will come together at ELC 2015. Attendees will receive continuing education units (CEUs), Professional Development Units and Continuous Learning Points for their participation.

Registration is open, but attendance is limited. For more information or to register for ELC 2015, please visit:

For sponsorship information, please contact Nicholei Jamero at 703-208-4800, ext 205.

About ACT-IAC – Advancing Government Through Education, Collaboration and Action

ACT-IAC is the premier public-private partnership in the government IT community and an example of how government and industry work together. ACT-IAC is a nonprofit educational organization created to advance government through collaboration and education. The organization provides an objective, vendor and technology-neutral and ethical forum where government and industry are working together to develop innovative strategies, effective and efficient solutions and best practices. Headquartered in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, ACT-IAC also has chapters in Pacific region (based in San Diego) and the Rocky Mountain region (based in Denver).

Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at or call (703) 208-4800. Connect with ACT-IAC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Sage Communications (for ACT-IAC)
Mia Damiano, 703-584-5632


Sage Communications (for ACT-IAC)
Mia Damiano, 703-584-5632