The EdgeCon agenda is shaping up to be our best conference yet as we explore opportunities for digital transformation in education, government and healthcare.

We are excited to announce the speakers for the plenary sessions. With expertise in digital innovation, strategic planning and IT, you will be inspired by these speakers’ fresh insights and real-world experiences.

Keynote Speaker

Shivvy Jervis

Award-winning Futurist & Innovation Strategist

Shivvy Jervis

Award-winning Futurist & Innovation Strategist

Voted one of Europe’s most trailblazing women in digital, Shivvy Jervis is a multi-award winning Futurist, Innovation Strategist and broadcaster.

Shivvy has been cited as ‘having the remarkable capacity to separate the relevant from mere buzz’ (TED Global), 'a thought leader beyond compare’ (World Economic Forum) and ‘an extraordinary communicator and true expert’ (Britain’s former Digital Minister).

Shivvy helps business, government and citizens discover and make sense of the most powerful innovation that will transform our realities. Her work has seen her recognised for over 22 accolades, including a national Outstanding Achiever award, public Woman of the Year nomination and a Britain’s Asian Women of Achievement award.

Shivvy has strong broadcasting credentials - as a former business journalist she not only covers the hot-button topics of today, but predicts what will make headlines in the future. She is currently presenting brand new series Next Tech Insider and is the former creator of the long-running Digital Futures and The Trailblazers series’ which attracted a 12 million+ global viewership. It was backed by the world’s third largest telco, for whom Shivvy also served as Head of Digital for many years.

As a respected industry advisor, she is called on by organizations to make sense of the dizzying influx of new digital advances and help forecast what to expect next… and consequently how to prepare.

Shivvy Jervis sets out what needs to be on our radar now in order to effectively navigate our collective future, and is currently authoring an ambitious book on the same. As part of her book research, she is scouring the globe for the most powerful advances and people shaping the next decade, talking to innovation labs big and small, bantering with big-name pioneers and hunting down undiscovered founders.

Plenary Session Speakers

Dr. Beth Simone Noveck

State of New Jersey, Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Beth Simone Noveck

State of New Jersey, Chief Innovation Officer

Beth Simone Noveck serves as the State of New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer - a position she was appointed to by Governor Philip D. Murphy in August 2018. In this capacity, Dr. Noveck, a native of New Jersey, focuses on enhancing innovation in government and in the Garden State’s economy. Using better data, more collective intelligence and agile technology, her team leads projects, designs policies and advises agencies on innovative strategies to improve the lives of New Jerseyans. She also serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Future of Work Task Force, and sits on the Governor’s Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council.

In addition to her role as New Jersey’s Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Noveck is a professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. She also directs NYU’s Governance Lab, an action research center studying the impact of technology on governing. Previously, Dr. Noveck served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer, and as director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron later appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel named her a member of her ten-person digital council.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and was named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2018” by Apolitical. Previously, she was selected as one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. Dr. Noveck has written multiple books, and has been published extensively, on how technology can improve governing. She tweets @bethnoveck.

Major General Patricia A. Frost

U.S. Army, Retired

Major General Patricia A. Frost

U.S. Army, Retired

Patricia is currently a Director of Cyber where she manages operational risk in the cyber domain for industry partners, coaches cyber operational readiness for corporate leaders and leads organizational behavioral change to increase cyber resiliency. Patricia’s most recent duty assignment prior to retiring from active duty service in 2018 was as the first Director of Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Information Operations for the Department of the Army. There she led the Army’s development of strategy, policy and the budget ($2.5B) for these critical disciplines. In this capacity, she also led the Army’s efforts to cyber harden its most critical weapons systems; built an operational cyber resiliency program for the Army’s installations as the internet of things continues to evolve; and led the planning and development of the U.S. Department of Defense Persistent Cyber Training Environment.

During her time as the Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Cyber Command, she was responsible for training, building and equipping the Army’s offensive and defensive cyber force. She also led the effort for the design and build of U.S. Army Cyber Command’s new operational headquarters facility ($110M) at Fort Gordon, Georgia and its integration into Augusta and the greater Central Savannah River Area.

Patricia has three decades of global intelligence experience serving in senior intelligence positions in the Indo-Asia-Pacific and Middle East including three combat tours. She has led enterprise efforts at the highest levels of the U.S. government to facilitate information sharing and ensure problem solving between strategic and operational military organizations and their interagency and international partners. She is a strategic intelligence and cyber leader and subject matter expert in real time, high technology intelligence, cyber and electronic warfare systems.

Dr. Barbara Lockee

Professor at Virginia Tech, Vice President of the International Academic Forum

Promoting Learner Centric Education through Digital Transformation

Dr. Barbara Lockee

Professor at Virginia Tech, Vice President of the International Academic Forum

The process of digital transformation provides a litany of challenges and opportunities in the world of education. As the pace of technological innovation accelerates and the educational tools at our disposal evolve, it is essential to keep our focus on the ultimate goal of using these technologies - the educational development of our students. Drawing on a wealth of experience in educational research and instruction, featured speaker Dr. Barbara Lockee of Virginia Tech will outline how we can take advantage of the opportunities presented by digital transformation to build learner centric educational models, where evolving technologies aren't adopted for the sake of using the "latest and greatest" tech, but in support of an engaging, stimulating student experience.

Bio:

Dr. Barbara Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr. Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organization for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Professor Barbara Lockee is a Vice President of International Academic Forum (IAFOR). She is Chair of the Education & Language Learning division of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Sallie Wright, CISSP

CIO & IT Leader

Unmasking Digital Transformation: Practical Strategies and Lessons Learned in the Public Sector

Sallie Wright, CISSP

CIO & IT Leader

Sallie Wright brings over 30 years of experience in information technology leadership. She previously served as Deputy Chief Information Officer for Georgia State University and held executive roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of North Carolina and within the private sector. Her specialty areas include IT strategic planning, enterprise infrastructure, and information technology security and privacy. In her most recent position as CIO at Fulton County Government, Ms. Wright oversaw the IT Department of Georgia’s largest county and provided guidance for technology decisions. Following her induction into the Pink Tech Hall of Fame in 2015, she was nominated CIO of the Year in 2016 and 2017.