I think this will be an awesome opportunity for those interested in a making democracy stronger in this neck of the woods. I might be helping podcast some interviews with people there, although I very unfortunately am unable to attend in person. From Sarah Schacht, one of the key organizers:
Open Government is about transparency, participation, and collaboration. Our region - the Pacific Northwest and Cascadia - is positioned to lead the way in developing the policies and technologies that will make government more efficient and empowering - and can engage citizens at a whole new level.
Open Gov West is a first-of-its-kind conference bringing together leaders from across the region. Divided into two distinct days with separate formats and content, the conference offers participants both a work summit on best practices and standards for regional governments (Day 1) and an exciting "unconference" exploring new ideas, technology, and practices in open government (Day 2). All conference attendees are invited to a social event the night of the first day.
We're are confirming more speakers every day. (To see an up-to-date list of speakers and panelists for Day 1, visit http://opengovwest.com/day-one/. We also welcome you to be a part of the participant-generated content in Day 2's 'unconference'!)
Early Bird Registration expires this Friday, March 12. (Full Event: $75. Only Day 1: $60 or Only Day 2: $30.) Conference scholarships and discounts for travel expenses are available. You can also email me for a 10% discount code.
Register here: http://ogw.eventbrite.com/