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Ignite Sessions

Clay JohnsonInformation Diet

Clay Johnson is best known as the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.


Adam Beaugh – PolitEar

Adam Beaugh is a CoFounder of PolitEar, a San Francisco based startup. PolitEar is a listening, engagement & analytics platform for governments, elected officials, campaigns, advocates, corporations and journalists.  Prior to co-founding PolitEar, Adam served as the Director of Digital Communications for Kendall-Jackson Winery, where his leadership was responsible for building the social & digital media department from the ground up for their 30+ wine brands.  Before working at Kendall-Jackson, Adam lived in Austin, Texas where he created and managed the latest web & new media platform for the Office of the Governor.


Brian KellerSAIC

Brian recently retired from the United States Army after serving our Nation for thirty years as an intelligence officer.  He brings a rich and deep understanding of operational intelligence experiences at the tactical though strategic levels.  His three years of deployed combat experience since 9/11 will provide us a great appreciation of what our warfighters need today to execute their missions to standard in harms’ way.  His most recent assignment was with NGA as the Director of Military support where he assisted the Director/NGA in managing Agency activities--with special focus on Agency support to warfighting commanders.


Robert Kirkpatrick – UN Global Pulse

Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of the Global Pulse initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, which aims to harness big data for a real-time understanding of human well-being. Robert’s activities in government, academia, UN agencies, NGOs and the private sector have focused on developing innovative solutions at the intersection of technology, policy and social change. Robert has more than 15 years of experience in the design and use of advanced technology tools in business, public health, disaster relief, security coordination, citizen journalism, telemedicine, crisis monitoring, conflict mediation, and peace building activities. His work has focused on strengthening public policy, enhancing crisis resilience and catalyzing organizational change. Robert advocates open data, open standards, open source software, and participatory development.

Katie BaucomNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Katie Baucom is a geospatial analyst in the Office of Americas Homeland Security Division at NGA where her work focuses on disaster response and SSE/NSSEs.  After earning a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (2007) and Master of Arts in Geography (2009) from East Carolina University Katie went on to become a Command and Control Officer in the NGA Operations Center. Since joining the Office of Americas in January 2011, she has worked several major disasters including Midwest Floods, New Zealand Earthquake and Japan Tsunami. In May, she deployed to Alabama where she led the implementation of Operation Clean Sweep, a pilot program that used NGA damage assessments to expedite debris removal for temporary housing placement. Her current focus is integrating crowd sourced information and social media into disaster response operations. Katie has been working with the Volunteer Technical Community for several years and hopes to leverage the work of online communities to increase efficiency and effectiveness within disaster response.


Will Law Netvibes

Will joined Netvibes in 2007 and as the US technical account manager is responsible for the management of planning and implementing Netvibes deployments for clients.  He is based in New York City and focuses on enabling clients to make the best of the Netvibes platform and meet the business goals of each project.  In his 4 years of experience at Netvibes he has been involved in a wide variety of use cases and clients.  Will holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

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