Chris McMasters

Chief Information Officer, City of Corona, CA

Can AI Be a Partner in Building Better Government?

This keynote will delve into real-world examples of AI implementation in government, showcasing how these technologies are not just the prerogatives of tech giants but are accessible and applicable for city governments of any size and resource level. From streamlining bureaucratic processes to enhancing public engagement, the insights shared will illuminate the path for leaders looking to embark on or advance their journey in harnessing AI for public good.

Mr. McMasters is responsible for the City of Corona’s IT strategic vision and technology innovation. He has served in CIO roles in both the public and private sector and currently serves as the City of Corona’s first CIO leading IT strategy to develop a data driven smart city. Because of his innovative approach to using technology to solve business challenges, he received Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders award, Equipt to Innovate, Globee, Smart 50, Digital Cities awards and has been recognized by the Center for Digital Government, CIO magazine, the New York Times and Forbes. In Corona, his team continues to evolve Corona’s IT culture of innovation, reinventing how government operates by focusing on citizen experience and modernizing its capabilities for the future.

Jennifer Robinson

Global Public Sector Advisor, SAS

AI: More Friend than Foe

Governments are embarking on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve productivity, increase services for citizens, and supplement labor shortages. But as governments unleash the power of AI, concerns about safety and security persist. This presentation will provide an explanation of the different types of AI and aspects that help an organization trust AI, experiencing the benefits without a bite.

Jennifer Robinson is SAS’ Global Government Strategic Advisor, working to help governments maximize the use of their data through data integration, data management, and analytics. Her career in software development is complemented by the opportunity to serve as a local elected leader for Cary, NC over the last 24 years. Jennifer co-wrote the book A Practical Guide to Analytics for Government and is featured in the book Smart Cities, Smart Future. In addition to writing articles and blogs about data-driven governing, she speaks with government leaders about emerging technologies and how to strategically adopt them.