The American dream is a MerITocracy. Is tech advance American carnage or the big bang? Is our current trajectory compatible with our American dream?
The D.C. Digital Davos, MerITocracy is the summit where the Hill, the administration, and industry leaders discuss the future of tech innovation, regulation, and outcomes for America. How will the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill tech investments translate into tangible progress? Located at the crossroads of tech advance and the future for American democracy, the conference brings together bi-partisan and bi-cameral policy leaders and industry innovators to focus on creative thinking at the nexus of policy and technology: education and workforce, global competitiveness, security and privacy, diversity and inclusion, cryptocurrency, infrastructure, and citizen services.
MerITocracy is produced by MeriTalk in partnership with Politico, NPR/WAMU, the Associated Press, Partnership for Public Service, Chamber of Digital Commerce, the Consumer Technology Association, ACT-IAC, and the Alliance for Digital Innovation.
Congressional Participants & Speakers
Blockchain and cryptocurrency are already transforming business, investing, and our American future. A Blockchain-based digital government will unify and streamline business and citizen services, unlock new functionality, and protect data. From BitCoin to Ethereum to Helium, the explosion and pervasion of crypto currency and business models promises new innovation the like we have not seen since the dawn of the internet revolution. What does this mean for regulation, transparency, compliance, and taxation? And will that revolution unleash new innovation to improve services and restore trust, or leave the Federal government watching as the private sector and foreign competitors take blockchain and crypto to the bank.
We’re a nation built on the hard work, ingenuity, and innovation of a melting pot of people and cultures. And, studies show that diverse workplaces are higher performing – and spur innovation and growth.
Which is the world’s largest economy – U.S. or China? Depends on how you calculate. Nominal GDP – the U.S.; Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) GDP – China. The point is, the U.S. has lost its claim to undisputed economic leadership.
Catering holistic consumer experiences remains as a stumbling block for Federal agencies – citizens continue to clamor for more user-friendly digital tools, yet many are left struggling with inadequate solutions. The President’s Management Agenda sets forth new requirements aimed at improved customer service, critical at this time as agencies are forced to accelerate their digital transformation. Barton Phillips, Vice President of Public Sector at DocuSign, will discuss how agencies can meet the objectives codified in the Customer Experience Executive Order and achieve outcomes that are faster, simpler, smarter, and greener.
In 2020, government services not only ranked dead last on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) – Uncle Sam beat all segments to the bottom by more than 10 percent. Surprised…I bet not. The Federal government has never embraced customer experience excellence. COVID-19 underscored just how dangerous this indifference can be – considering citizens were left waiting for critical benefits for weeks and months due to outdated systems or trying desperately to find accurate information on testing protocols and locations.
The bipartisan infrastructure law seeks to infuse new life into our nation’s collapsing roads and bridges, while also ensuring broadband access to millions of Americans lacking reliable internet. Its implementation, however, reveals just how far the United States lags in advancing critical technical infrastructure. America’s continued economic superiority, talent pipelines, and ability to innovate all rely on governmental investments and supportive policies. John Roese, Global Chief Technology Officer for Dell Technologies, will expand upon the role technical advancement and organizational collaboration plays in keeping America front and center in the global competition.
Cyber criminals stole $6 trillion in 2021 – a sum greater than the GDP of every nation with the exception of the U.S. and China. But, that’s table stakes compared to the cost to our democracy – namely confidence in our government and society – all at the hands of increasingly sophisticated and determined state sponsors. Unless we fix the cyber security and integrity issues, democracy may fall.
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