Strange Loop

Next: September 12-14 2019

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Stifel Theatre

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St. Louis, MO

From Coder to Bureaucrat: How we implemented the first open data law

Join two coders-turned-bureaucrats as they talk about their journey from munging data and advocating for the first federal open data bill to joining the government and implementing the bill once it became the law of the land. Shameless plug: See our work and how your federal dollars are spent! www.usaspending.gov

Becky Sweger

Trello at Atlassian

Becky is an engineer who specializes in designing and munging data for humans. She is currently a Sr. Data Engineer for Trello at Atlassian. Previously, she was a member of the engineering team at 18F, a consultancy inside the General Services Administration, where she led the technical implementation of the DATA Act, the nation's first open data law. Becky entered the world of public spending via her role as the former Director of Data and Technology at National Priorities Project, a federal budget research organization. A twenty year tech veteran, she's held leadership positions in fields ranging from higher education to healthcare.

Kaitlin Devine

Ad Hoc

Kaitlin is an engineer, product strategist, and open data enthusiast. She is currently the Director of Innovation at Ad Hoc. Before Ad Hoc, she was at 18F, a consultancy inside the General Services Administration, where she served as their first Director of Engineering. She also led the implementation of the DATA Act, the nation's first open data law. Before 18F, Kaitlin advocated for government transparency and munged messy data at the Sunlight Foundation. She has two amazing little girls and enjoys crafting elaborate halloween costumes and gardening.