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It’s More Than a Conference, It’s a Fedstival!


For many years, Government Executive and our sister publication, Nextgov (focusing on technology and the future of government), have entertained and educated thousands of federal managers and executives at everything from daylong events to after-work meetups. Now we’ve decided to think even bigger: We’re joining forces to create a multi-day series of interactive sessions aimed at exploring what’s next for government.

We’re calling it Fedstival: The Federal Innovation Festival. And it’s not your average federal management or technology conference.

Fedstival will unfold over the week of Oct. 3-7 in various locations in and around Washington, D.C.  Sessions will examine the innovations and ideas shaping the federal government at a time of great change. It will all take place in the form of conversations, debates, workshops, panels, interviews, networking and behind-the-scenes tours of federal operations.

The overall Fedstival theme is What’s Next, focusing especially on the areas of information technology, the workforce and the next presidential administration. The idea is to convene a gathering of the people who will ultimately be responsible for shaping the government of tomorrow and provide them the inspiration and information to equip themselves for the task.

Our events and editorial teams have been working for months to shape Fedstival. Want more details as they emerge? Sign up here for updates.

Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.

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