Idaho’s First Digital Government Summit was held on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at the Boise Centre. The event was created to bring industry experts, government stakeholders, and digital leaders together for meaningful discussions on Idaho’s technological challenges and solutions.
“We need the ability to engage and the Digital Government Summit gives us that opportunity when we need it most,” said Alberto Gonzalez, CIO/Administrator with the State of Idaho. “The Summit is designed to help us learn from one another and prepare for our next adventure.”
The event featured workshops focused on workforce culture, cybersecurity grant funding, modernization and innovation, and managing the citizen experience. The summit
provided ample opportunities for networking between businesses, organizations, and affiliate partners, which will help to address Idaho’s technological needs.
Attendees also heard from featured speakers including Innovation and Technology Strategist Jack Shaw, who presented on “Dynamic Digital Transformation.” Keynote speaker Mary Kelly, Former U.S. Navy Commander, presented “Master Your World!” and Governor Brad Little addressed the attendees after lunch to discuss Idaho’s growing digital needs and the progress that has already been achieved.
“We welcome opportunities to learn more about the digital impacts of technology on county government,” said Sara Westbrook, Director of Government Affairs, Idaho Association of Counties (IAC), who participated on the summit’s Advisory Board.
The summit was largely a success due to Idaho’s willingness to engage various partners and stakeholders and bring many diverse voices and perspectives to the table during the planning stages. The inclusivity allowed for critical, niche, and holistic technology needs impacting many sectors and factions of Idaho’s government to be addressed at the conference.
“We appreciate Idaho’s collaborative approach to coordinating this event,” said Westbrook. “It was an honor to participate in the planning process leading up to the conference, and we look forward to participating next year at what hopefully becomes an annual summit.”
To see the full photo album from the summit, visit our Flickr page.