Federal Innovation Forum Series

April 12, 2018 - 8:00am - 10:00am

Johns Hopkin's University,
Montgomery County

9605 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

The meeting will be held in the 9605 Building, Room 121. Complimentary parking is available in the lot at the corner of Key West Avenue and Broschart Roads, adjacent to the building. Please do not park in the parking garage as this is reserved for employees and visitors to the National Cancer Institute.

Room Capacity = 150

8:00 – 8:30am - Registration, Breakfast and Networking  

8:30 – 10:00am -  Program + Q&A

10:00 – 10:30am - Networking


NextGenTech – Creative Use Cases & Lessons Learned


David Nguyen

Moderator: David Nguyen, Founder & CEO, United Solutions LLC

David has over 15 years of business and technology leadership experience ranging from crafting business strategies to building innovative solutions in both the commercial and public sectors. For full bio click here




Keith NakasoneKeith Nakasone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Acquisition Management, within the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions. Read bio



  • Marina Fox, Office of Government-Wide Policy, GSA

  • Dr. Henry “Skip” Francis, M.D., Director for Data Mining and Informatics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Kevin Mctigue, Program Director, IDEA Lab/Ignite Accelerator (HHS)



From February 8:

How Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and Chatbots are changing the way Government and Industry approach legacy programs.

These experts provided insight on how data accuracy must be certain in the transformation of procurement and program management that will impact the private and public sectors.



Jose ArrietaJose Arrieta, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services

The Division of Acquisition provides Department-wide leadership for acquisition functions at HHS to include the administration; management; oversight for policies, programs, workforce development; and business systems required to assure the delivery of transparent best value acquisition solutions. Jose is newly appointed to this position having served most recently as Director of IT 70 Schedule Operations at GSA



David Nguyen

Moderator: David Nguyen, Founder & CEO, United Solutions LLC

David has over 15 years of business and technology leadership experience ranging from crafting business strategies to building innovative solutions in both the commercial and public sectors. For full bio click here



Andrew VanjaniAndrew Vanjani, Acting Director, Integrated Award Environment (IQSE), GSA

"Andrew Vanjani is currently Acting Director of IT leading the technical modernization of the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) systems at GSA. He is also GSA's Blockchain POC and works closely with the Citizens Emerging Technology division within GSA on Blockchain initiatives."



Justin Herman, Emerging Citizen Technology Lead, GSA.

Justin leads the Emerging Citizen Technology program office for GSA's Technology Transformation Services, including Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services, Blockchain, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and Social Tech. These programs unite federal managers to improve the creation, efficient adoption and performance evaluation of emerging programs.

Aleksandar ZelenovicAleksandar Zelenovic, Strategy and Consulting Lead, Sapient

As a Strategy and Consulting Lead in Sapient Consulting Public Sector, Aleksandar focuses on creating long-lasting solutions at the intersection of technology, innovation and business. He has 20+ years supporting domestic and overseas clients from Fortune 500 companies (IT, financial, manufacturing, utilities, media) to the government. His approach to leadership generates results by focusing on end-customer value, rapid prototyping and organizational learning. Aleksandar is an expert in business and digital strategy, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, DevOps/Agile, transformation, modernization, advanced analytics and organizational design. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan where he received the prestigious Seley Scholars Award. He has lead one of the first Blockchain implementations in the U.S. Federal government history.



About Federal Innovation Forum Series

The Federal Innovation Forum series is presented in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration and Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Over the course of three forums, government and industry will learn on how block chain, artificial intelligence, and chatbot technologies are being utilized, and how they will shape future procurement requirements.

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