2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Unmanned Government: The Autonomous Future

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Imagine a future where a driverless street sweeper cleans your street or a small drone delivers your mail. For the last decade, discussions about the government use of autonomous or remotely operated technologies have focused on their military applications. However, as government agencies face fiscal constraints and the demand for public services continues to rise, governments can harness technologies such as drones and driverless vehicles to better serve citizens. Our conversation will focus on the applications of these technologies in the US federal government. We’ll talk about how the US government will shape the autonomous vehicle marketplace and what it means for entrepreneurs and technologists. We’ll also discuss safety and privacy concerns, as well as the workforce impacts of these technologies. Attendees will leave the conversation with an understanding of the best ways that the public sector can harness autonomous technologies for social good.



Matt Caccavale


Deloitte & Touche LLP

Matt is a Manager in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Services offering. As a Deloitte GovLab Fellow he examined the impact of unmanned systems on the public sector. His work with Samra Kasim has been featured in Slate, NextGov, Governing, and New America Foundation’s DroneU. Matt holds an MSPPM from Carnegie Mellon, and spends his free time hanging out with his family. You can reach him on Twitter at @AMCaccavale


Samra Kasim

GovLab Innovation Fellow


Samra Kasim is a Strategy & Operations Senior Consultant and GovLab Innovation Fellow at Deloitte Consulting LLP. Her professional experience and research interests are at the intersection of technology and policy. Samra is currently researching the applications and implications of robotics technologies in the public and private sectors. She is also interested in data security and privacy issues resulting from these technologies. Her work has been featured in Slate, NextGov, Governing, and New America Foundation’s DroneU. She received her MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.

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