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(Postponed Until Late June) Transforming Government with Big Data Training Workshop

Understanding the Government Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Initiatives: What You Need to Know to Do Your Job – An Unbiased Perspective

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Federal Government is one of the largest producers of data in the world. Big Data is transforming every agency across Government and many have already appointed Federal Chief Data Officers (CDO’s) in response to OMB guidance. Federal agencies are using Big Data to transform government mission in scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, transportation and national security. Melvin Greer, Director Data Science and Analytics details the role of agency CDO’s in this transformation, describes the key tools and methods agencies are using to accelerate mission effectiveness and what is required to develop a successful Federal Agency Big Data transformative strategy.


Latest information on Federal Big Data Strategic Plan and the Federal Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan Initiatives.


The Federal Big Data Cabinet with its roughly 40 Agency Chief Data Officers and Agency CIOs throughout government have taken up the challenge of transforming Government via Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, let’s build a Big Data and AI Strategy for your agency.


 Government Speakers Awaiting Confirmation.



Registration includes authored white papers entitled,

“The Federal Big Data R&D Strategic Plan” and “Driving Innovation via Cognitive Assisted Internet of Things (IoT)"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Meeting Location: 
Willard InterContinental Hotel

Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington 20004
United States

Metro Center (Red, Orange, Blue Lines). Use the exit marked “12th & F Sts” to exit onto F St., then continue straight two blocks and cross 14th St.


Transforming Government with Big Data is a one-day, in-depth, educational program for Government Executives, Managers, Program Managers and Staff & Industry Partners.
This event is not a vender oriented conference, but a course that provides practical information for the Government and Industry on Big Data, the Federal Governments Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Strategic initiatives and what agency leaders should be doing now.


Potomac Forum is Authorized by ISC^2 to Award CISSP Credits for Workshop Attendance

What You Will Learn: 

  • Understand Big Data issues and opportunities
  • Understand Federal Big Data Strategic Plan
  • Why Big Data is important to Government transformation
  • What is Artificial Intelligence in Government
  • Using Machine Learning and Cognitive Computing to Transform the mission
  • Big Data Lessons Learned
Why You Should Attend: 

  • Understand Federal Big Data concepts and familiarize students with the Government Big Data Strategy
  • Understand the role of Federal CDO’s, why they are important to transforming Government
  • Understand the AI R&D Strategic Plan, the impact to agency missions and what how to develop a Federal AI Roadmap
Who Should Attend: 

  • CDOs, Data Scientists and Staff
  • CIOs and Staff
  • IT practitioners
  • Program Managers
  • IGs and Staff
  • Acquisition and Contracting Staff
  • Government Employees who want to better understand Big Data
  • Industry and Contractors who support the government and need to better understand Big Data at a detailed level
  • IT Security Staff
  • All government and industry members who need to understand Big Data and how it applies to the government mission.



Registration and Continental Breakfast



Art Chantker, Potomac Forum


Keynote Presentation: Awaiting Confirmation


Federal Big Data: What You Need to Know

  • What executives, managers, and staff need to know
  • Core concepts of big data and what they mean
  • Cross government and industry forums
10:15am Refreshment Break

Big Data Strategy and Current Status

  • Government rationale and drivers
  • Seven federal big data priorities

Transforming Federal Missions with Big Data

  • What executives, managers, and staff need to know
  • Current agency big data use causes
  • Artificial intelligence and why it is important

Hosted Working Luncheon

Attendees will be presented with a discussion topic for their tables and report out after lunch.

12:45pm Student Report Out from Working Luncheon

Government Panel on Agency Big Data Action Plan

  • Agency big data examples
  • Success stories

Federal Artificial Intelligence Strategy

  • Approach to agency AI adoption
  • Key challenges
  • Preparing for the future of federal AI
2:45pm Refreshment Break

Big Data, Cloud, and Cyber

  • Relevant agency guidance (included in workshop notebook)
  • Key integration and growth opportunities

Want to Learn More? Where to go to Educate Yourself

  • Wrap-up and Q&A
  • Review attendee goals and questions
4:15pm Workshop Adjourns


Registration Information: 

  Early Bird Registration Fee AFTER APRIL 15
Government Employees:
(Federal, State or Local Government Issued ID)
Special Reduced Rates in Support of Government Budget Reductions
 $ Now $895
Team Rate for Government AND Industry: Send a team to learn together. Register two government employees from the same office at the same time and the third person registers at $200 of the current registration rate.
Industry and Contractors:
(Including contractors on-site and in direct support of government agencies).
 $ $795
($795 =20% Registration Fee Reduction)
 $ Now 995

Registration Includes: Presentations, Workshop Notebook, Continental Breakfast, All Day Refreshments and Hosted Luncheon


Melvin B. Greer

Director, Data Science and Analytics

Intel Corporation

Melvin Greer is Director Data Science and Analytics, Intel Corporation. Melvin uses his knowledge in graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Federal Agencies and global enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics.  He functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies, including Nanotechnology, Additive Manufacturing and Gamification. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Mr. Greer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, GUIRR.



Mr. Greer has been awarded the BEYA Technologist of the Year Award, which recognizes his outstanding technical contribution and technical products that have a broad impact and high value to society as a whole.  Melvin Greer has been appointed Fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute where he assists government, industry, military, and academic sectors meet the challenges in cyber security policy, technology and education.


In addition to his professional and investment roles, he is Founder and Managing Director of the Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation, focused on research and deployment of a 21st Century Leadership Model. Mr. Greer is a member of the International Monetary Fund / World Bank, Bretton Woods Committee where he explores how deployment of enabling technologies relates to private sector development, commercial opportunities, global financial stability and social responsibility. Mr. Greer is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and is an accomplished author; his fifth book “Practical Cloud Security a Cross Industry View” is his most recently published book.


Mr. Greer serves on the Board of Trustees for Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland and on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Children’s Science Center. As a popular educator and board member at a number of Historical Black Colleges and Universities, Greer is leading science, technology, mathematical and engineering (STEM) research initiatives, directly trying to shape a more diverse generation of up-and-coming technical talent.


Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology and his Master of Science in Information Systems from American University, Wash. D.C. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School and the Entrepreneurial Finance Post Graduate Program at MIT, Sloan School of Management.


Cancellation Policy: 

Confirmed registrations who cancel within 3 business days of the program will be subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Registrations cancelled after the program starts are subject to the full registration fee. Substitutions can be made at any time. In the event a particular training workshop is cancelled, the liability of Potomac Forum, Ltd is limited to refund of any prepaid registration fee.

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