A big name jumps into the government 2.0 conference space

Monday - 3/9/2009, 7:58pm EDT

There are scores of government 2.0 conference out there these days — later this month, I’m very excited to be participating in anUNconference — Government 2.0 Camp , coming up on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, 2009 in Washington, DC. (I’m hearing that the team has nailed down the exact location and it could be announced any time now.)

oreilly_largeToday, O’Reilly Media and TechWeb announced that they will be hosting a Government 2.0 Summit on September 9-10 in Washington, DC.

The task of reinventing government is too important to be left solely to the government. Gov 2.0 Summit, a new government technology conference co-produced byO’Reilly Media and TechWeb , capitalizes on the momentum for change and broad engagement, creating a non-partisan forum for addressing the monumental challenges our nation faces.

Gov 2.0 Summit is a place for technologists to rise to the call of public service, offering up their internet expertise to its best and highest purpose. Gov 2.0 Summit will bring together policy-makers, elected officials, upper management in city, state, and federal agencies, technology leadership in all levels of government, private-sectorinternet business leaders, contractors, and consultants to establish high-level thought leadership across the spectrum of stake-holders.

I’ve never been to a O’Reilly event, but they are a giant in the Web 2.0 world — founder Tim O’Reilly is generally credited with creating the term Web 2.0 and O’Reilly Media holds the Web 2.0 Summit each year, which generally brings together some big names.

Of course, there are a growing bastion of events on this topic out there — the Personal Democracy Forum holds its well-respected PdF Conference 2009 — the 6th annual — on June 29-30 in New York City. And some of those already in this market are covering this issue more — the 1105 Government Information Group is holding a conference on open government and transparency this summer.

It shows where the rest of commercial market is — isn’t not great — and so everybody wants to get into the government market. But it also is an indication that these government 2.0 issues are being carefully watched.

It will be interesting to see how they do in this market. The government simply is different. There are ethics considerations that the public sector simply doesn’t have — feds, by and large, can’t accept gifts, for example. So it will be interesting to see how they work in the government environment.

That being said, all I have to say is… welcome! The more collaboration around collaboration, the better. The more discussion, the better. It keeps the attention focused on the issue — and ensuring that progress continues to get made. I can’t wait for the event.