This year’s Drupal GovCon in Washington, D.C. was a buzz of excitement around all things open. From DevOps to DKAN, there was a tangible energy around the ways government can use open source platforms to power real change.
As always, GovCon felt like a place where affiliations fell away and human connection burned bright. There was a spirit of learning, sharing and getting things done.
“The small, focused atmosphere made everything feel very related to what I do every day,” said CivicActions Engineer Jay Darnell.
CivicActions at Drupal GovCon
We were proud to be a core sponsor and to introduce Michelle Krejci’s (Pantheon) keynote Everything is DevOps.
CivicActions’ Marc Jones spoke on Best Practices for Open Sourcing Government Code:
Some of our other favorites from the many great talks:
- Using Kubernetes to Manage All The Things (Shayan Sarkar, Booz Allen)
- The Principled Developer: Walk the Talk (Gerardo Gonzales, CivicActions)
- Productive & Balanced Digital Teams in Politically Turbulent Times (Aaron Pava, CivicActions)
- Making mass.gov Data-Driven and Constituent-Centric (Bryan Hirsch, GovNext)
Bryan Hirsch’s keynote was a smash hit, an inspiring story of how Massachusetts used open data to build a website that directly improved the lives of citizens.
DKAN and Open Data
We were thrilled by the attendance and enthusiasm at the DKAN Open Data Summit, which spurred valuable conversation among agencies who are already using DKAN and those who are exploring open data options.
“It really gave the open data community a chance to stretch its legs – people were talking through ideas and problems in a whole new way because they were all in the room together,” said CivicActions VP Public Sector Bill Ogilvie.
Open data continued to be a hot topic at our booth throughout GovCon. It was great to see intergovernmental connection as agencies reviewed their plans and experiences together.
We deeply appreciate the efforts of the Drupal GovCon organizers and volunteers, who are the driving force behind the event that reaffirms a spirit of collaboration and learning. We are also grateful to the civic open source community itself, which inspires us to continue striving to bring agile and open practices to the public sector.