Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development


Day One: Friday, November 30, 2012


8:00 – 8:45 AM

Registration - (Jack Morton Auditorium)

8:45 – 9:15 AM

Welcoming Remarks - (Jack Morton Auditorium)

Master of Ceremonies Introduction

Suzanne Philion (@SuzKP), Senior Advisor for Innovation, Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsU.S. Department of State 

Spencer Overton, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and LaborU.S. Department of State

9:15 – 10:00 AM

Keynote Address - (Jack Morton Auditorium)

Robin Carnahan (@RobinCarnahan)Missouri Secretary of State

10:00 – 10:30 AM


10:30 – 11:30 AM

Plenary Panel: Digital Strategies for U.S. Presidential Election - (Jack Morton Auditorium)


Alan Rosenblatt (@drdigipol), Associate Director for Online Advocacy at American Progress and CAP Action Fund, Center for American Progress


Adam Conner (@adamconner), Manager, Public Policy, Facebook

Mindy Finn (@mindyfinn), Strategic Partnerships, Twitter

Matt Lira (@MattLira), Digital Director, Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan

Michael Slaby (@slaby), Chief Innovation and Integration Officer, Obama for America

Samantha Smith (@samsmithNC), Politics & Elections Team, Google

Discussions/Questions & Answers

11:40 AM – 12:30 PM

Plenary Panel: Principles of International Elections - (Jack Morton Auditorium)


Patrick Merloe, Director of Electoral Programs, National Democratic Institute


Susan Hyde (@sdaytonhyde), Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Yale

Catie Lott, Elections and Political Transitions Team Leader, USAID

Alex Sutton (@asutton155), Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Republican Institute

Chad Vickery (@IFES1987), Regional Director for Europe and Asia, International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Discussions/Questions & Answers

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Lunch  - (Jack Morton Auditorium)

1:30 – 2:45 PM

Breakout Session 1

Panel Discussion 1: When Zombies Vote:
Fraud and Inaccuracies in Voter Registration

Panel Discussion 2: From Paper Ballot to Bits and Bytes:
Electronic Voting Technologies

Panel Discussion 3: How Did It Go?
Telling the Story of an Election with Data and Maps

Workshop: Listening to the Crowd

2:45 – 3:15 PM


3:15 – 4:30 PM

Breakout Session 2

Panel Discussion 1: It’s E-Day. Tech on Election Day:
From Systematic Observation to Citizen Reporting

Panel Discussion 2: Elections Gone Mobile:
Opportunities and Challenges in Using Mobile Tech in Elections

Panel Discussion 3: Social Media to Engage Voters

Workshop: Open Data for Afghan Elections

4:30 – 4:45 PM



4:45 – 5:00 PM

Closing Keynote - (Jack Morton Auditorium)

Andrew Rasiej (@Rasiej), FounderPersonal Democracy Media


Day Two – Unconference, Saturday, December 1, 2012


National Democratic Institute

455 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20001-2621


9:00 AM

Doors Open – Light Breakfast - (National Democratic Institute)

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Morning Session

12:30 – 1:30 PM


1:30 – 4:00 PM

Afternoon Session

4:00 PM

Unconference Ends



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