Bryan Sivak

Chief Innovation Officer
State of Maryland

Mr. Sivak will be speaking on the Open Source: Lessons Learned Panel during GOSCON DC 2011 at the Innovation Nation Forum.

Bryan Sivak was appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley on 25 April 2011 as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the State of Maryland. In this role, Mr. Sivak is responsible for executing the Governor's innovation agenda, to look across the breadth of the Maryland bureaucracy to identify programs, which can be accelerated through innovative and creative ideas, and to challenge the entrenched status quo.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Sivak was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on 13 October 2009 to the Cabinet post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia. As CTO, Mr. Sivak led the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an organization of more than 500 staff that provides technology services and leadership for 86 agencies, 38,000 employees, residents, businesses, and millions of visitors.

Mr. Sivak has over 15 years of international experience in building software and internet technologies and organizations. In 2002, he founded and developed InQuira, Inc., a multi-national technology solutions company whose products are used at top private and public sector organizations. In 2005, he moved to London and opened the European office of the company, which he grew from zero to 30 percent of the company's revenue in four years.

Prior to his work with InQuira, Mr. Sivak founded Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided the world's first Natural Language Search engine available on the web. The company's customers included Bank of America and Fidelity Investments among others.