Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Government and Innovation on Tuesday 15th March

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  • Innovation Dot Gov: Designing Democracy for the Age of Networks

    by Beth Simone Noveck

    Former White House Deputy CTO and Open Government leader addresses how to use technology to design smaller and smarter government for the 21st century. Bringing innovation to the public sector doesn’t require new legislation or new budgets. It requires changing the default way of working from closed to open.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Tuesday 15th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

  • How Governments are Changing Where Big Ideas Happen

    by Sean Kane, Tony Schum and Ian Kelso

    More than ever, governments across the world, at both national and local levels, are working hard to attract the "creative/digital industries". When you're looking for a job, you may not know how much your city, state or even national government often play a role in what companies are hiring in your community.

    While traditional economic development has typically meant a scenario like bringing a factory to a rural area, a newer practice involves growing so-called industries of the mind. Canada has led the way, but now many states across America are offering incentives to game developers and other tech-related companies (to say nothing of the massive internal investments by certain countries, such as Russia). The benefits can be tax breaks, loans, grants, tax credits and even free rent to get you and your brain trust to make the move.

    This discussion will look at why these sorts of incentives are thought to bring benefit to not just the companies, but to their communities and taxpayers, too.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Tuesday 15th March

    In Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center