reflections from reverb

Colorado Innovation Network November 23, 2016

At the REVERB Conference on November 3rd, Governor Hickenlooper spoke about “friendly friction”, which he discovered during the process of opening his first LoDo restaurant.  Originally thinking the bar stools were too close and perhaps there should be additional space between them, he learned that the limited space was designed with intention in order to spur conversation between patrons.

Reverb with Gov. Hickenlooper

where innovation and the public sector collide

This same concept was at the core of the design of REVERB, a one-day pilot program COIN hosted in partnership with Sound Ventures, focused on tapping into the energy between the public and private sectors.  REVERB brought together statewide government leaders and civic-minded entrepreneurs to make meaningful connections, consider new partnerships, and explore the future of innovation in government.  Expert panels focused on cybersecurity, smart cities, education and enterprise platform solutions, and participants took part in structured networking meetings between public sector leadership and private sector technology companies, enhancing the friendly friction in the room.

a few highlights

  1. The essence of REVERB is at the core of what cutting edge technologies do – they re-assign the verb associated with the action. For example, we no longer “search”, we “Google”.
  2. Autonomous driving technologies are so advanced that in 10 years, children will exclaim, “OMG, that guy is driving a car!”
  3. A common misperception is that artificial intelligence and augmented reality will replace the teacher in the classroom. Instead, technologies like these will better equip teachers by enhancing connections between them and their students.
  4. The Colorado Office of Information Technology was early in adopting technologies like Salesforce and Google, and more recently Colorado became the first state to appoint a Digital Transformation Officer.
  5. Hackers can be likened to The Walking Dead as they are constantly on the lookout for vulnerabilities. Password updates are the first thing you can do to protect your online identity followed closely by updating your firmware when notified.
  6. Technology is the new asphalt.
  7. While companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi won’t share their trade secrets, city and county governments tend to openly share efficiencies and best practices, which is great for collaboration and innovation!

REVERB further’s COIN’s new focus on Colorado opportunities to accelerate innovation in the public sector, and we look forward to exploring the issue further.