SPARK 2018 Keynote Speaker
Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
A leading voice in the emergent field of iterative, user-centered policy making, Pahlka will address “Bringing Practices of the Digital Age to Government” on Wednesday, June 6, at 9 a.m., in the Coronado Room.
Pahlka is founder and executive director of Code for America, an organization whose goal is to redefine how government works for the people in the digital age. She recently served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she architected and helped found the United States Digital Service. Known for her TED talk, “Coding a Better Government,” Pahlka has received several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. Earlier in her career, she spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference and Game Developer magazine. More recently, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media.