Imagine Your Digital Future

Partner Programming

Government on Demand: .Gov Services at .Com Speed
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Rapid. Agile. Transformative. Typically, these describe various dot-com services. With digital citizens, warriors, and leaders expecting government services on demand, government tech experts are quickly building systems to meet the needs of a 24/7 world.


  • Julie McPherson, Senior Vice President, Digital Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jill Leyden, Customer Administrator for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Leonel T. Garciga, J6 Chief and CTO, JIDA/DTRA
  • Rick Delappe, Director of Operations, Recreation One Stop
11:00 a.m.–noon

“Hackathon” has become a trendy word in today’s business vernacular, and for good reason. The word “hackathon” comes from both “hack” and “marathon.” If you think of a “hack” as a creative solution and “marathon” as a continuous, often competitive event, you’re at the heart of what a hackathon is about. Hackathons enable creative problem solving through an innovative and often competitive structure that engages stakeholders to come up with unconventional solutions to pressing challenges. Hackathons can be used to develop new processes, products, ways of thinking, or ways of engaging stakeholders and partners, with benefits ranging from solving tough problems to broader cultural and organizational improvements. Let’s talk about what problems hackathons can (and can’t) address, how to curate the right cyber / data science / UI/UX crowd, and what new formats are in the pipeline.


  • Dee Dee Helfenstein, Senior Vice President, Strategic Innovation Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Zac Staples, Founder and CEO, Fathom5
Trust in the Age of Misinformation
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Equifax Hack. Fake News. Wide-scale utility outages. It’s hard to know what (and who) you can trust for information. Join us for a conversation with tech experts and practitioners to explore what role the technology community should play and what threshold of trust consumer will be willing to accept. Will recent breaches change consumer behavior? How will we integrate blockchain? What role can and should regulations play in verifying trust?


  • Mark Gamis, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Victoria Adams, US Government Market Lead, ConsenSys
  • Paul Snow, CEO, Factom
The Data Scientist Will Now See You
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

For centuries experimentation has driven discovery, and medicine has been as much an art as a science. But now discovery is about mining big data with the hope of making medicine more precise.  If the quantified self is becoming a reality, then it seems the data scientist should have the diagnosis. This panel will explore the future of big data and precision medicine; separate hype from hope, and see if there is still a place for the human touch.


  • Kevin Vigilante, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

More information coming soon

Humans and Machines Unite to Change the World
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Come together bright and curious minds! Empower machines in ways that accelerate what humans can do to improve our world. Develop algorithms to ingest big data at great speed. Leverage deep learning and artificial intelligence to automatically provide new insights into social good challenges. It’s time we unite with machines to change how we interact in our world.


  • Lauren Neal, Principal, Analytics, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Melissa Chapman, Interaction and Service Designer, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Walter Reade, Competitions Data Scientist, Kaggle
Active AI: Immersive Experiences in Health
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Take control of our biggest health crises through a new virtual reality. Immersive technologies can guide your brain to truly feel and experience new adventures, while focusing on treating your mental and physical challenges. As a nation, we’re trying to address some of the biggest enemies to our population health – obesity, opioid addiction, PTSD, depression and anxiety, or just general stress management.


  • Mark Jacobsohn, Senior Vice President, Analytics, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Sandra Marshall, Senior Associate, Data Solutions and Machine Intelligence, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dr. David Rhew, Chief Medical Officer, Samsung Electronics America
  • Alisha Greenberg, Founder, Rounding Third LLC

Featured Article

2018 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist

Booz Allen was identified as a SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards finalist in the Health, Med, & BioTech category for the 2017 Data Science Bowl: Turning Machine Intelligence Against Lung Cancer

In our fourth year of presenting the Data Science Bowl along with Kaggle, we have brought together industry experts, data scientists and relevant organizations to take on world challenges such as, improving ocean health, detecting heart disease, and accelerating the identification of lung cancer more accurately.

The algorithm solutions from the 2017 Bowl, Turning Machine Intelligence Against Lung Cancer, have led to a 10% increase in accurately identifying lung cancer through machine intelligence.