Texas Government Data Forum 2018

Annual conference hosted by the Texas Department of Information Resources. Any government/public sector employees may attend.

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Jun 21 2018
8:00 AM
End Time:
Jun 21 2018
4:30 AM
Commons Learning Center, JJ Pickle Research Campus 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137 Austin, TX 78758 Phone: 512-475-2346 Email: joy.bryant@dir.texas.gov

Texas Government Data Forum 2018

A one day conference for government business and IT professionals

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm | Austin, TX

DIR thanks TASSCC for sponsoring this event.

Program Overview | Attendee Registration and Logistics | Information for Vendor Participation | Exhibitors|

Program Overview

The Office of the Statewide Data Coordinator of DIR is hosting its 2nd Annual Texas Government Data Forum on Thursday, June 21st at the Commons Learning Center at the JJ Pickle Campus in Austin.

This is a free one-day event for eligible customers from state agencies as well as local government and public education.


Presentations for which DIR has permission to share are linked from the session names below.

Most of these presentations are from 3rd party presenters and do not belong to DIR.  DIR cannot guarantee the accessibility of this external content. Also note disclaimer below this section.


DIR Welcome

  • Todd Kimbriel, Deputy Executive Director and State CIO, DIR
  • Ed Kelly, Statewide Data Coordinator, DIR
Big Tex

On the Edge of Breakthrough: The Antidote to the Opioid Epidemic is Rooted in Data
[moved to 1:00]

  • Michael C. Petersen, M.D., Accenture Health and Public Services Chief Medical Officer - Epidemic solutions Health Innovation Lead, Accenture
Big Tex

How to Lead Technology Change in Government Agencies

  • Philip Jones, Consulting Manager, Access Sciences Corporation
Big Tex

Antidote to the Opioid Epidemic: Shifting Your Organization to Manage Data & Technology as an Enterprise Asset

  • Dan Montgomery, Director of Data & Analytics, North Highland
  • Jim Boxold, Former Transportation Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
Big Tex

Smart Communities Traffic Data Services

  • Jon Barfoot, Enterprise Architect - Smart Communities, Verizon
  • Natalie Bettger, Senior Program Manager, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)
Lil Tex

"Why do I need a Chief Data Officer (CDO)?"

  • Derek Strauss, Founder and CEO, Gavroshe USA, Inc.
Big Tex

Getting Ready for the Rise of the Humans

  • Kirke Everson, Managing Director, KPMG LLP
Lil Tex

Data Visualization: Best Practices for Communicating with Data  [moved to 8:45]

Big Tex

Modernizing the Delivery of Managed Care Through Data

  • Mike Barba, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Ivy Bela, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
Big Tex

Optimizing Program Enrollment with Machine Learning

  • J D Freeman, Data Scientist, Catapult Systems
  • Michael Kennedy, Director of Public Sector, Catapult Systems
Lil Tex

Crack Open Cyber City, USA! Open Data Initiatives in San Antonio, Texas

  • Craig Hopkins, Chief Information Officer, City of San Antonio
  • Amanda Keammerer, Deputy Director, CyberSecurity San Antonio, S.A. Chamber of Commerce
  • Jason "Red" Thomas, CEO of RedKnight & Founder of the ConOp Foundation
Big Tex

How Unified Data Analytics Can Improve Service Delivery

  • Bita Tahbaz Hiller, Director - Public Sector, Sense Corp
  • Peter Singer, Program Manager, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Lil Tex
13 3:40

SPART-N: The Future of Criminal Intelligence Analysis

  • Amy Hauck, Deputy Administrator, Intelligence & Counterterrorism, Texas Dept. of Public Safety
  • Savita Raghunathan, Principal, Deloitte
Big Tex


Adjourn 4:30

Closing Remarks

  • Ed Kelly, Statewide Data Coordinator, Texas Department of Information Resources
Big Tex

Exhibitor Recognition

DIR thanks the generous companies that support this important educational event. Stop by the booths to learn more about the solutions they offer.


DIR neither endorses the content, products, services, or viewpoints expressed by the linked files, nor assumes any responsibility for the content of these presentations. DIR makes no effort to independently verify, and does not exert editorial control over, information on presentations provided by third parties.

Reference to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by DIR or the State of Texas, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Attendee Registration and Logistics


This free event is open to any Texas government/public sector staff interested in data issues. 


  • Eligibility: You must be a current employee of a Texas government/public sector organization.
  • Cost/Fees: The event is free; however, pre-registration is required and all registrants must commit to the cancellation policy, which includes a late cancellation/no show fee. 

Cancellation Policy & No Show Fees

Cancellation Deadline: Noon, Monday, June 18, 2018.
(Cancellations must be receieved via enrollment form.)

DIR is pleased to provide this FREE event for eligible attendees. Unfortunately, free events experience as much as 40% no shows and late cancellations. This results in empty seats, wasted funds, and wait-list registrants denied the opportunity to attend. 

For those reasons, a $35 fee will be charged for any no shows and late cancellations (those who fail to cancel by deadline stated above). A substitution can be sent without notice.

DIR understands that sometimes urgent matters arise that prevent someone from attending. That is a business decision for the registrant's agency to make, weighing the $35 cost.

Invoices for cancellation fees will be issued by: 
JFS Events, P.O. Box 12731, Austin, TX 78711  {EIN 45-5124481}

Location & Parking

Commons Learning Center within J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
Southwest corner of Burnet Road and Braker Lane

DIR will email confirmed registrants a parking pass before the event. If displayed on the dash when entering the complex, you do not need to stop at the guard gate. Commons parking is available in the lots on the north and west sides of the building. Overflow parking is in the two lots on the east side of the building. Vehicles not displaying permits may be ticketed.


Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshments and a luncheon will be served.

Continuing Education

The event will provide 6.0 contact hours of general continuing education credit (6.0 CPEs for Texas IRMs).

Additional Information and Assistance

If you have questions, please e-mail Joy Hall Bryant.

For special accommodation needs or other assistance, please notify DIR at least one week in advance to allow time for an appropriate solution.

Information for Vendors Interested in Participating

DIR invites interested vendors to participate in the 2018 Texas Government Data Forum by exhibiting and/or providing a speaker. This free one-day conference is open to Texas government personnel and is targeted to both business and IT leaders.  TASSCC serves as a sponsor. See exhibitor/presenter flyer.

Opportunity to Exhibit (closed)

Participating as an exhibitor offers a unique marketing opportunity and a chance to learn more about state government needs while interacting with key decision-makers. We expect 200+ attendees from a wide variety of Texas state agencies and universities. 

See details on exhibitor registration form. 

Note - the rates show a June 1 deadline. If space available (see form), we can accept June exhibitor registrations. However, after 6/10, name may not be included in print materials.

Exhibitors should be vendors with DIR contracts and offering solutions relevant to the topics proposed for this conference.

Call for Presentations (closed)

The conference planning committee thanks all who submitted abstracts for conference breakout sessions.