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OKCon 2013 Invited Speakers: Sarah Schacht

- June 20, 2013 in Conference, Geneva, Invited Speakers, OKCon, OKCon 2013, OKF, Open Data, open-government, Opendata.ch, Sarah Schacht, Switzerland

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Photo: Scott Hadfield Flickr We are proud to introduce Sarah Schacht as one of our invited programme advisors. She was involved in the selection process, helping us work through and evaluate the many excellent Open Government proposals that we received for OKCon 2013. As a political entrepreneur Sarah searches for simple technological solutions to complex social problems. Earlier in her career she worked on the Howard Dean Presidential Campaign (2003), was one of the youngest delegates at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and later interned at Congressman Jay Inslee’s office in 2005. After returning to her native Washington State Sarah founded the non-profit organisation Knowledge As Power, where tools to track legislation online and to communicate directly with legislators are offered to Washington residents. Sarah contributed to the Open Government book published by O’Reilly Books in February of 2010, and she is now in the process of writing her own book on the topic. Video from Ignite Seattle 2009: Overcoming Cacophony: Making Gov 2.0 Work for You – Sarah Schacht At OKCon 2013 Sarah Schacht will be one of our moderators, but also present a talk “What if open data isn’t opening government?” on Tuesday 17th September and host a panel entitled “Transparency and Accountability Initiative Mentorships” for one the satellite events on Thursday 19th. For more details please check our updated schedule, that, and we are sure you agree with us here, is looking more and more brilliant. More than ever, we hope you will join us in Geneva. Please note that the Early Bird Ticket sale has reached its final phase, the reduced price tickets will only be available until this coming Sunday 23rd June. Find more information on Sarah Schacht on her blog and twitter.