Vote:Tech: Looking at Technology Driven Elections, Nov 11th

November 2, 2011

12:58 am

New technology will continue to play a major part in winning votes and dramatically transforming the election process.  If you are part of a political campaign staff or someone who formulates and implements the strategy needed to win an election, you’ll want to be at Vote:Tech.

Vote:Tech is happening in collaboration with DCWEEK on Friday, Nov 11th from 1:00pm – 5:00 pm (ends just in time to grab dinner and head over to the DCWEEK Closing Party). This half-day session will be of particular interest to politicians, campaign organizers, pollsters, fundraisers, startups, and anyone interested in the civic, electoral and political spheres. The event will be a mix of startup demos, talks and panels on how to leverage emerging technology to discover, engage and activate voters.

 “Vote:Tech is all about what it will take to win in 2012. It’s a session where we can engage in a real conversation about how technology will influence the 2012 elections.” said Evy Wilkins, curator for Vote:Tech.

The event will be split into sessions that span the entire campaign process from discovering voters and supporters to engaging these groups to activating and calling them to action. Sessions will be structured as stand alone talks or as a demo + panel combination. Each part of the event will tackle the larger trends, problems and opportunities related to the theme.

Rapid demos and talks by the following:

  • Dan Siroker, CEO, Optimizely
  • Guy Hirsch, CEO, Saygent
  • Ryan Merket, CEO, APPSTORES
  • Daishin Sugano, Co-Founder, Grubwithus
  • Aaron Perry-Zucker, Co-founder, Creative Action Network (C.A.N.)
  • Pierre-Loic Assayag, CEO, Traackr

The Keynote presentation is by Dan Siroker, CEO of Optimizely.Dan will share his experience as the Director of Analytics for the Obama Presidential Campaign and Deputy New Media Director for the Presidential Transition, plus his take on what will be essential in 2012. This session will focus on learning how to use the latest technologies to discover, activate and engage voters.  Additional panel discussions will cover how technology can enhance the entire voter journey from discovery to vote. Clay Johnson, Founder of Big Window Labs, will also join as expert panelist.

This event is open to the DC community and will take place at the Artisphere on Friday, Nov 11th from 1:00pm – 5:00 pm  –  register now.

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.

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