Web 1.0 + Integral of (Web 2.0 + Gov 1.0) = Gov 2.0 in Washington, DC

Hey, I got to use my math and physics background somewhere in the world of social media once in a while :-)

Thanks to:

a) The death of Web 1.0 in 2002 when I was running my first social media company telezoo.com

b) The birth and the raise of Web 2.0 in 2003/2004 around the time myspace and facebook were born, when I was running my social search company searchles

c) And, with special thanks to our current president who went crazy on the Web 2.0 and by doing so won the elections…

I am proud to be one out of thousands of grassroots supporters of the new “Gov 2.0”. Actually, the term has been around for a year, beginning shortly after our new president took office.

In a nutshell, Gov 2.0 is the idea of applying Web 2.0 services such as social networks (Facebook), micro blogging (Twitter), online streaming video (Youtube) to the government practices – bringing together old processes and new technology. Here is the definition of Gov 2.0 from several other people involved in the field:

After we all saw how George Bush and his lackeys kept the nation in the dark for eight years while his buddies got richer and richer as he sent our great nation down the toilet, I think Gov 2.0 initiatives are very important and critical for all of us – the citizens, the Senators, The Congressmen, the Senate, the White house, etc. Gov 2.0 unlocks stores of data that can better inform and empower us, the citizens, to have an impact on our communities, governments, and the decisions being made.

We have all experienced the difference when there is a free and clear line of communication between citizens and their government, and seen the powerful things that can happen. Gov 2.0 means doing the same plus utilizing the power of Web 2.0, including one of the company I recently covered GovLuv.

Having worked in social media and telecom space in Washington, DC for the past 12 years, I can tell change is here.

Anyway, there is a Gov 2.0 Expo in May 2010 at the Washington Convention Center, and they are currently calling for Presentations. So, if you are in the space and interested in getting coverage, here is the opportunity. You have until Jan 6th to do your thing (I’m checking, and it seems that they just extended their dates to Jan 6th).

The chair for the event is a friend of mine, Mark Drapeau, who used to work at the National Defense University. I met Mark over three years ago when I was still running my DC based social search company, Searchles.

Gov 2.0 Expo will showcase the real-world application of Web 2.0 technologies in government and municipal sectors, featuring a practical program that will teach government employees and contractors how to apply technology practices to government programs, and in turn
introduce new companies to the government market.

Just for you to get an idea of what the Conference will Include, the tracks are:

• Policy

• Technology
• Challenges
• People

Hope to see you all there!

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to Web 1.0 + Integral of (Web 2.0 + Gov 1.0) = Gov 2.0 in Washington, DC

  1. Happy to see those four tracks. Our CEO (Kim Kobza) and CTO (David Bankston) would be a great addition to the “Challenges” track. Much to learn from change agents who have 10 years of experience in the Gov 2.0 sector. Here are some great white papers (http://www.neighborhoodamerica.com/white-papers) and case studies (http://www.neighborhoodamerica.com/case-studies), free to download. Please feel free to share.

    • Kay says:

      Courtney, I think I met your CEO in a recent event in dupont circle. You guys were just about opening a new office here in DC. Where in DC are you guys now?

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