Derek Collison

Derek Collison is the founder and CEO of Apcera, a San Francisco-based company building the modern enterprise IT platform.

At TIBCO, he designed and implemented a wide range of messaging products, including Rendezvous and EMS. As TIBCO’s Senior VP and Chief Architect, Derek led technical and strategic product direction and delivery. Continuing his pioneer engineering work, he co-founded the AJAX APIs group at Google and went on to VMware to design and architect Cloud Foundry.

An industry veteran, Derek founded Apcera in 2012 with the vision of creating a platform that drives enterprise IT to innovate faster. Today, he leads the company toward turning that vision into reality. With numerous software patents and frequent speaking engagements, Derek is a recognized leader in distributed systems design and architecture, and emerging cloud platforms.


Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston is Geospatial Information Officer at the US Department of the Interior.  In this role, Dr. Johnston leads DOI’s efforts to coordinate and implement geospatial technology across the Department to meet a wide range of mission goals.  This includes providing a vision for geospatial interoperability throughout the enterprise, as well as guidance and perspective on opportunities for adopting place-based approaches more broadly across Departmental lines of business.  Dr. Johnston joined DOI in 2012.  Prior to that, Dr. Johnston was with the Environmental Protection Agency, most recently serving as the Agency’s Geospatial Information Officer.  Prior to his work at EPA, he served as the Director of Midwest Technical Operations for Image Matters LLC of Leesburg, VA, a small business focused on the development of geospatial semantics and interoperability solutions for a diverse set of customers.  Additionally, Dr. Johnston was previously Executive Vice President of Pangaea Information Technologies of Chicago, IL, a provider of geospatial information management products and services to both public and private sector clients.  Dr. Johnston holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Michigan State University as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, and serves as the Vice Chair of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).


Max Peterson

Max Peterson is AWS Director and General Manager for Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector Partners, Capture and Contracts.

Mr. Peterson is responsible for developing and supporting AWS public sector partnerships with system integrators, solution providers, independent software vendors and value added resellers. AWS’ rich partner ecosystem plays a key role enabling government and education customers to leverage AWS cloud solutions. Mr. Peterson’s AWS Capture and Contracts teams are responsible for identifying and winning large public sector programs and performing pre- and post-award contract management.

Mr. Peterson is a public sector industry veteran with over twenty-five years of experience. He joined Amazon Web Services in February 2012. Prior to joining Amazon, he was Vice President and General Manager for Dell Federal Civilian and Intelligence Agencies. Before joining Dell in May 2007, Mr. Peterson held executive management positions at CDWG where he was Vice President of Federal Sales and Commerce One where he was Vice President of Public Sector Sales. Among Mr. Peterson’s government IT accomplishments, at Commerce One, his organization was responsible for many e-government “firsts” such as Navy Seaport and GSA’s FirstGov.Gov citizen portal.

Mr. Peterson earned both a bachelor’s degree in finance and master’s of business administration in management information systems from the University of Maryland. He is an active member of the Industry Advisory Council, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and past board member of the Government Information Technology Executive Council. 


Rob Groat

Robert Groat is the Chief Technology Officer for Smartronix, a global leader in designing, deploying and securing enterprise technologies in some of the world’s largest and most complex infrastructures. As CTO he has led the multiple cloud migration and virtualization projects including, and was one of the first government-wide solutions hosted in the Amazon cloud. More recently Mr. Groat has pioneered the Intelligent Cloud Hubwhich is a  hybrid cloud offering that enables customers to run advanced enterprise workloads reliably and securely across multiple infrastructure environments. Mr. Groat has been involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures and has lectured at several conferences on Service Oriented Architectures, has co-published numerous papers on advanced optimization mathematics, holds a patent in numerical analyses methods. 


Wyatt Kash

Wyatt Kash is the editor of InformationWeek Government. He has been covering the government and defense IT sectors since 2004, as editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and most recently as founding editor of AOL Government. His accomplishments as an editor, journalist and media innovator were recognized nationally as the 2011 recipient of the G.D. Crain Award, which honors one individual annually for outstanding career contributions to editorial excellence in America business media. Kash earned his journalism degree at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.