COVITS 2018 – Virginia’s Path Toward Innovation

COVITS 2018 – Virginia’s Path Toward Innovation

COVITS 2018 was held at the Richmond Convention Center on September 5-6, and the Qlarion team was pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s event. COVITS featured an impressive array of speakers including Governor Ralph Northam; Secretary of Administration, Dr. Keyanna Conner; and Nelson Moe, CIO for the Commonwealth, among others.

Some of the highlights of the event included:

  • Governor Northam shared his top priorities, which include expanding healthcare, fighting the opioid crisis and improving the economy. It was heartening to see that data and technology are at the center of many of the Commonwealth’s most important initiatives.
  • Tony Wood, Innovation Program Manager, Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), Commonwealth of Virginia discussed how the VITA Innovation Program (VIP) works and why agencies and suppliers should strongly consider participating.
  • Carlos Rivero, new Chief Data Officer for Virginia, was introduced to the audience. For the first time, Virginia now has a centralized office responsible for data governance that will focus on generating value from the Commonwealth’s data
  • Many other outside speakers, including a Teddy Roosevelt scholar and historical performer, shared a new perspective and encouraged the Virginia state attendees to look at things differently.

These thoughtful presentations left many in the audience feeling bullish about the future of innovation in Virginia. And speaking of innovation, Secretary Conner presented the winners of the Governor’s Technology Awards during the conference. These awards honor outstanding achievement and recognize innovative technology initiatives in the public sector throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Winners were recognized in nine categories and included representatives from state agencies, localities and educational institutions.

We want to congratulate the many winners of this year’s awards, including Roanoke County, the Department of General Services and Chesterfield County in the “Innovative Use of Big Data and Analytics” category and our local Fairfax County government that won for both its cybersecurity program and its countywide FOIA office.

Secretary Conner said it best, “It is an honor to see the depth and breadth of the work behind these innovative projects. Each winner has used information technology to improve how we provide services. Their stories are now models for us.”

We loved connecting with so many of our professional contacts at the conference, and we’re already looking forward to next year. If you’re interested in continuing the conversation, we hope you’ll join us at the Virginia Data Revolution event, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 in Richmond.