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2017
Cook invited to speak at Metrolab Network Annual Summit
December 13-14, 2017 |
Atlanta
,
Georgia
Program Director Meghan Cook will travel to Atlanta to participate in a panel discussion on citizen engagement with data and present a lightning talk on smart cities. The conference will be an opportunity for participants to learn and share with the cities and universities across the MetroLab Network, of which CTG is a member with the City of Schenectady.

Pardo at NSF Advisory Committee for Business and Operations Meeting
December 6-7, 2017 |
Alexandria
,
Virginia
CTG Director Theresa Pardo will be participating in meetings as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee Member.

Cook to Moderate Panel at NSF Sponsored Workshop
November 30 - December 1, 2017 |
Washington
,
DC
Program Director Meghan Cook is an invited participant at the NSF Sponsored Workshop on Effective Community-University–Industry Collaboration Models for Smart and Connected Communities and will serve as the Panel Moderator for the session on Research Translation and Scaling via Industry Collaboration.

Cook participating at NYS DOS Innovation Conference
November 14, 2017 |
Albany
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook is moderating a panel on “Data As a Strategic Asset” (morning) at the NYS DOS Innovation Conference. She is also organizing and facilitating the Data Capabilities Innovation Workshop (afternoon).

Pardo participating at JPAC Expert Forum on NAFTA's Environmental Side Agreement
November 9, 2017 |
Chicago
,
IL
CTG Director Theresa Pardo, as Chair of EPA’s National Advisory Committee, will participate in sessions at the Joint Public Advisory Committee's (JPAC) Expert Forum that is devoted to discussion on trade and the environment within the context of the role of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). This event brings together a select group of experts in trade and environment who have experience with the NAAEC, with other international trade/environment institutions, and with the environmental impacts of trade more generally.

Cook running workshop at Albany Law School Conference
November 3, 2017 |
Albany
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook will be running a workshop on "Data Challenges and Emerging Solutions" at Albany Law School's "Community Renewal and its Discontents" event. This interdisciplinary conference will include multiple panels and workshops exploring topics related to local government, blight, scarcity, and renewal in both urban and rural landscapes.

Kowlowitz to share cybersecurity expertise at Albany Law Conference
October 20, 2017 |
Albany
,
NY
CTG Government Fellow Alan Kowlowitz will participate in the Cybersecurity and the Law Conference at Albany Law School. Alan will speak on the Local Government Cybersecurity Panel. The conference is presented by the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Center for Internet Security, the Cybersecurity and Privacy Law Center at Albany Law School, and the Sobota Lecture Series.

Cook participates in NYS County-Wide Shared Services Initiative event
October 17, 2017 |
Albany
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook was a panelist at the New York State's County-Wide Shared Services Initiative event hosted by New York State’s Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government. The SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government in partnership with the Benjamin Center of SUNY New Paltz and the Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany reviewed 34 county shared services proposals and jointly issued a report on their findings. The October 17th event held at the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government was an opportunity for researchers from all three organizations to present their findings as well as hear from county level representatives about their plans and experiences developing and implementing shared services.

Cook presenting to NYS Local Government IT Directors Association
October 3-5, 2017 |
Watkins Glen
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook is invited to speak at the fall conference of the NYS Local Government IT Directors Association, and organization of which she serves as an advisor. Meghan's presentation will focus on findings from a survey on cybersecurity environments in New York State counties.

Cook participating in Smart Cities Week
October 3-5, 2017 |
Washington D.C.
Program Director Meghan Cook will once again participate in the annual Smart Cities week, an initiative of the Smart Cities Council that brings together visionary leaders and thinkers to see, hear, and be inspired by real-world examples of smart infrasructure solving urban challenges. Meghan is convening and moderating a panel titled "Overcoming the six key challenges to smart city progress" which will include representatives from Mosco, Indianapolis, and Baltimore.

Pardo to present keynote at NYS Digital Summit
September 22, 2017 |
Albany
,
New York
Director Theresa Pardo will present a keynote speech at the NY Digital Government Summit, an event hosted by Government Technology each year to spread best practices and spur innovation in the public sector. Theresa's keynote will focus on creating public value in a dynamic and complex world.

Cook presenting keynote at Metropolitan Information Exchange Conference
September 10-14, 2017 |
Indianapolis
,
IN
Program Director Meghan Cook will present the keynote speech at the Metropolitan Information Exchange (MIX) Conference. The conference group is a tight-knit community of CIOs and IT Directors from large cities and counties across the United States who engage in honest and frequent dialog to help each other solve the common issues all local government technology leaders face. Meghan's keynote will showcase the idea of going "back to the basics" in pursuit of solving the grand challenges all cities face.

Gil-Garcia to present at IFIP EGOV
September 4-7, 2017 |
St. Petersberg
,
Russia
Research Director Ramon Gil-Garcia will travel to Russia to participate in IFIP EGOV-EPART, the annual conference of the International Federation for Information Processing to be held at the St. Petersberg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. Gil-Garcia, who is a Co-Chair of the conference's Ph.D. Colloquium, will present three papers he co-authored and will also speak on a panel.

Cook to give keynote to NYSAMPO Conference
June 20, 2017 |
Syracuse
,
New York
Meghan Cook was asked to present the lunch keynote on smart cities at the New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization (NYSAMPO) Conference. NYSAMPO is a coalition of the fourteen metropolitan planning organizations in New York State.

Gasco presenting papers at PMRC
June 8-10, 2017 |
Washington D.C.
CTG Associate Research Director Mila Gasco will present two papers at the Public Management Research Conference in Washington, a gathering of public management experts from around the world. Mila's papers are titled “The role of networks and collaborative processes in the digital transformation of state governments” and “Public engagement or political marketing? The untold story about the use of social media in local governments.”

Several CTG team members presenting at dg.o
June 7-9, 2017 |
Staten Island
,
New York
Megan Sutherland, Meghan Cook, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Theresa Pardo, Teresa Harrison, Felippe Cronemberger, Sora Park, Luis F. Luna-Reyes, and Sharon Dawes will participate in different capacities at the Digital Government Society’s 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. Some highlights include: Sutherland and Cook are presenting their paper on data-driven smart cities, Harrison is presenting a paper on e-petitioning and online media, Gil-Garcia is presenting multiple papers co-authored with Cronemberger and Park, and Pardo, who is a DGS Board Member and dg.o Program Committee Member, will present as part of a panel on data collaboratives, and moderate a panel on digital government research centers.

Pardo and Cook participating in joint ICF/dg.o day
June 7, 2017 |
Staten Island
,
New York
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) and the Digital Government Society (DGS), both global networks designed to connect e-government experts worldwide for collaboration and knowledge-sharing, have joined forces with the help of CTG to host a collaborative day in conjunction with their regularly scheduled, separate conferences. Cook is co-organizing a featured session and discussions regarding the future “grand challenges” for the world’s communities with Roberto Gallardo, Professor and Founder of the ICF Institute at Mississippi State University Extension. Pardo will open the session to provide insights on societal trends, transformative movements, and the real challenges facing cities together with Rob van Gijzel, the former mayor of a city in the Netherlands and the winner of the ICF’s “Most Intelligent Community” Award.

Cook to present at Administrative Sciences Association of Canada conference
May 30, 2017 |
Montreal
,
Québec
CTG Program Director Meghan Cook will travel to Montreal as an invited speaker to present on smart cities as part of a panel discussion at a conference for the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. The conference's overall theme is “Digital Economies and Cities" and will highlight the growing importance of technology and information exchanges between community stakeholders including governments, enterprises, and citizens.

Canestraro presenting session on social media to Associate of Clerks
May 18, 2017 |
Saratoga
,
New York
CTG Program Director Donna Canestraro will present "Social media: Like it or not, it's here to stay!" to the New York State Association of Clerks of Legislative Boards at their annual training school and conference this May. Participants will gain an understanding of the different social media channels, gain an overview of successful local government social media efforts, understand benefits stemming from social media use at the local level, and will be able to create an action list for when they return to their individual municipalities.

Cook to act as session Chair & moderate sessions at NYSLGITDA Conference
May 16, 2017 |
Saratoga
,
New York
CTG Program Director Meghan Cook, who serves as an advisor to the New York State Local Government IT Directors Association (NYSLGITDA), has been asked to Chair a session and also moderate two panel discussions at the organization's annual spring conference. One panel discussion will focus on "Cybersecurity in local governments: practice points, technology tips, funding options and lessons learned" and the other is titled "Candid conversations on lessons learned and future contracting for cloud and 'as a service' contracts in New York State."

Canestraro moderating technology panel at Capital Region Food Summit
April 4, 2017 |
Albany
,
New York
Program Director Donna Canestraro was asked to moderate a panel on Innovation & Technology for Hunger Relief at the Capital District Food Summit, a collaborative effort between the Food Pantries for the Capital District, Siena College, UAlbany's School of Public Health, and sponsored by SEFCU. The summit aims to bring together food assistance providers in order to share best practices and innovations in hunger relief efforts.

Mila Gasco traveling to Budapest for IRSPM Conference
April 19-21, 2017 |
Budapest
,
Hungary
Associate Research Director Mila Gasco will attend and present at the 21st Annual International Research Society for Public Management Conference, the theme of which is "the culture and context of public management." Mila is co-chairing two panels, one on Leadership and another on Smart Cities: A Global Comparative Public Management Perspective. Additionally, Mila will present her paper titled "Determinants of co-production of public services in urban environments."

Meghan Cook to convene panel at the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition
April 3, 2017 |
Dubai
,
United Arab Emirates
Program Director Meghan Cook will travel to Dubai to present and facilitate a session at the Dubai International Government Achievements Exhibition (DIGAE), an annual public sector showcase where local authorities, institutions, departments and agencies unveil their most effective programs and innovative solutions. The session Meghan is convening is on the "Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain Practice: Exploring the Implications of a New Public Administration" and will delve into emerging technologies through multiple perspectives including technical, legal, policy, data, and economic perspectives while providing opportunities for participants ask questions and discuss the sociotechnical and practice implications of these innovations.

Cook presenting to Capital District Clean Communities Coalition
March 16, 2017 |
Albany
,
NY
CTG Program Director Meghan Cook was asked to speak before the Capital District Clean Communities Coalition, a program of the US Department of Energy that was established to advance the Capital Region's economic, environmental, and energy security by promoting the use of alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies and policies that reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. As the Coalition continues to become more involved in Smart Cities initiatives in the Capital Region, they reached out to CTG. Meghan will speak on Smart City trends happening around the nation in addition to discussing some of CTG's current initiatives.

Pardo traveling to India for ICEGOV
March 7-9, 2017 |
New Delhi
,
India
CTG Director Theresa Pardo will present at the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. Theresa, who is on the conference's Steering Committee, will co-chair and moderate a panel on digital government's role in government administrative system's priorities, and will also convene a workshop of the Smart Cities Smart Government Research Practice Consortium. One of the main themes of this year's ICEGOV is to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment.

Annual Workshop of Northeast Big Data Hub
February 24, 2017 |
New York
,
New York
The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub is holding an Annual Workshop to convene the data science stakeholder community of the Northeast United States at Columbia University. The Northeast Big Data Hub is a National Science Foundation funded project that explores data driven solutions to problems our country is facing in health care, energy, finance, urbanization, education and more. CTG Director Theresa Pardo and several other UAlbany faculty are on the Steering Committee of the Northeast Big Data Hub and will be in attendance at this Workshop. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Canestraro to present at NYSAC Legislative Conference
January 30, 2017 |
Albany
,
New York
CTG Program Director Donna Canestraro will present during a session on social media policy at the annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties. Each year the conference brings together hundreds of county officials to participate in training programs, learn about cutting edge solutions, and hear from state leaders.

Meghan Cook to present at Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition
January 24-25, 2017 |
Chicago
,
IL
Program Director Meghan Cook will speak on a Keynote Plenary Panel and will also Chair and organize a Smart Data Insights panel at the Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition in Chicago, an event designed to bring together thought leaders and practitioners from around the world to explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons learned to date in making the Smart City a reality.

Gil-Garcia to present at HICSS
January 4-7, 2017 |
Waikoloa Village
,
Hawaii
Research Director J. Ramon Gil-Garcia will travel to Hawaii to present a paper and co-chair the E-Government Symposium at the Annual Hawaii International Conference of System Sciences (HICSS). Ramon's paper, co-authored with CTG Research Fellow Djoko Sigit Sayogo and PhD student Felippe Cronemberger, is titled "Assessing the Role of Executive Involvement and Information Needs as SocioTechnical Determinants of Governance in IIS Success." The E-Government Symposium he's coordinating at the conference, focusing on smart cities, is also chaired by CTG Director Theresa Pardo, Associate Research Director Mila Gasco, and Reserach Fellow Hans Jochen Scholl.

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Gasco to present three papers and co-chair workshop at HICSS-51
January 2-6, 2018 |
Big Island
,
Hawaii
CTG Associate Research Director Mila Gasco will be presenting three papers “Providing Public Value through Data Sharing: Understanding Critical Factors of Food Traceability for Local Farms and Institutional Buyers," “Determinants and barriers of e-procurement: A European comparison of public sector experiences,” and “Understanding the Success of Government Portals: The Role of Political Leadership, Standards, and a Powerful Centralized IT Agency” at HICSS-51. She will also co-chair, with CTG Director Theresa Pardo, the workshop on smart cities, titled “Smart Cities and Smart Governments: The Enabling Role of Research and Practice Collaborations in the Urban Context.”