In the context of the 4th Ministerial eGovernment Conference (Lisbon, 19-21 September 2007) the Portuguese Government and Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) are gathering a unique group of European Public Sector innovators to present examples and share experiences of how the web 2.0 can transform public administration.

On September 19th, from 14.30 to 18.00 in an interactive, invitation-only session, a selection of experienced innovators will provide the participants with dispatches from the front line in a revolution characterized by the simple, but radical fact that increasingly we live in a world where everyone is connected to everyone.

How networked ICT can enable and accelerate profound policy and organizational change? What are the best examples of Web 2.0 potential in the public sector? Which are the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned so far?

The Public Sector Innovators session will take place on Auditorium 2, Feira Internacional de Lisboa (in the beautiful Parque das Nações, by River Tagus) with an expected audience of 100 high-level public sector decision-makers.

The objectives of the event are to understand how web 2.0 tools will/are impacting public services and to promote discussion and experience-sharing between public sector innovators.

14.30 Opening by Simon Willis
Global Vice President Public Sector, IBSG - Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
Diogo Vasconcelos
Director and Distinguished Fellow, IBSG - Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
14.40 Maria Manuel Marques
Portuguese Secretary of State of Public Administration Modernization
Presentations by public sector innovators
Tom Steinberg
"Designing and delivering simple, impactful tools to help citizens take part in their own democracies"
  • Tom Steinberg is the founder and director of mySociety, a charitable body that runs many of the best-known democracy websites in the UK, from WriteToThem, to PledgeBank, from the volunteer-founded TheyWorkForYou to the Number 10 petitions website.
  • mySociety's mission's is to build websites which give people simple, tangible benefits in the democratic and community aspects of their lives, and which teach the public and voluntary sector how they can use technology better to help citizens.
  • On March 2007, mySociety and Young Foundation launched Fix My Street, a new website that allows people to report broken infrastructure (like graffiti, broken paving slabs, or street lighting) in their area to the local authority easily; and also to start, or take part in public discussions about maintaining and improving the infrastructure and environment in their neighbourhoods. On 24th July, at the annual New Statesman New Media Awards, FixMyStreet won the award for the best Contribution to Civic Society. It's the third year in a row Tom's projects won the Civic Society award - TheyWorkForYou won in 2005, and WriteToThem in 2006.
  • Tom's most recent publication is The powerofinformation review, co authored with Ed Mayo and the UK’s PM Strategy Unit.
  • Erwan Bomstein-Erb
    "Challenging traditional education models at the 2.0 age"
  • Erwan Bomstein-Erb is a young philosophy professor in France and a social innovator, founder of the first participatory Education Online Channel.
  • The "Canal Educatif à la Demande" gives opportunity to students and families to access rich content on sciences, arts and economy. The Education Online Channel is promoting the creation of new generation of new high quality short videos, mainly produced together by teachers and students. Erwan's objective is to promote a vibrant, rigorous and regular way for students to learn and discover. This ambitious project has three objectives: promote equal opportunities, foster knowledge society and increase social recognition of those who share their original contents, knowledge and silks.
  • Marlene Stikker
    "Smart Cities, Smart Citizens: New Tools for Social Innovation"
  • Marleen Stikker is founder of Waag Society, one of the leading media labs in Europe that develops creative applications for social innovation. Its activities include creating mobile games, developing new forms of learning, new tactile interfaces for elderly, new forms for collaborative creation. In 2002, Waag Society founded Waag Products BV to develop its successful prototypes into products. The Storytable, a multimedia application for the elderly, and Pilotus, a piece of communications software for people with cognitive difficulties, are now on the market and have found distributors in the Netherlands and the United States. In 2005 Waag Society ininitiated the Media Guild, an incubator that supports the development of creative talent and entrepreneurship in the IT and new media fields.
  • In 2005, Marleen Stikker and Bas Verhart of Media Republic founded PICNIC Cross Media Week. PICNIC is one of the world's leading events on creativity and innovation in the media and entertainment industies. Designed for creatives, entrepeneurs, innovation and technology experts, media professionals and business people, the conference showcases the latest innovative and creative trends relevant to the media en entertainment industries. It draws thousands of innovative, entrepreneurial people from all over the world to Amsterdam each year.
  • With Emile Aarts of Philips Research, Stikker established the ICT-Innovatieplatform Creatieve Industrie in 2007. It links science, business and the creative industries for the purposes of compiling a strategic research agenda and encouraging consortium formation.
  • Stikker is currently member of the advisory board of ICTRegie, which advises the Dutch government about IT innovation and research, and the board of commissioners of independent publishers’ group WPG Uitgevers.
  • Marleen Stikker studied philosophy at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She started the theater magazine Alligator (1987) and the daily paper Daily Alligator (1998) and was director of the media-performance festival Zomerfestijn (1990) and chief editor of De Balie’s Live Magazine (1992). As ‘mayor’ of De Digitale Stad (The Digital City), Marleen Stikker developed the Internet’s first free access portal and virtual community in 1994.
  • Open discussion
    Coffee break
    17.50 Closing remarks

    Maria Manuel Leitão Marques
    Secretary of State of Public Administration Modernization

    Simon Willis
    Global Vice President Public Sector, IBSG - Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco