‘Innovation Week’ kicks off
with a Monday tech forum
Step aside, Silicon Valley. On Monday, high-tech leaders will hook up with political jefes to talk government and IT to kick off a regional “Innovation Week,” a series of events hosted by nonprofit CALinnovates, IT industry publication Techwire, the University of the Pacific and local tech investment firm Velocity VC.
Government headliners include Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Technology Department honcho Carlos Ramos. On the private side, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino and Velocity partner Jack Crawford will talk about technology’s promise for government. A Wednesday session at Velocity’s Folsom facilities will highlight promising tech startups.
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The whole thing launches Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the secretary of state’s office auditorium at 1500 11th St.
The location is ironic, given that Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office still processes paper business forms.
After embarrassing news surfaced that the department had a backlog of 123,000 forms to process – many with checks attached – the Legislature gave Bowen more money to catch up until an Internet-based filing system launches in 2016.
– Jon Ortiz