Mayor Johnson, VC Tim Draper team up for Sacramento tech event

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September 12, 2016 by Allen Young for Sacramento Business Journal

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is teaming up with billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper this month to showcase technology to speed up government systems in the capital city.

The Civic Tech & Gov Showcase event, coming to the Crest Theater on Sept. 22, seeks to promote innovative products that can be adopted by the public sector. Johnson and Draper are planning a press conference with Sheri Atwood, founder of SupportPay, an automated child support payment system that is launching in Sacramento, said event organizers.

The event is aimed at state and local government officials and Sacramento's tech community. It will feature multiple products aimed at improving government.

In recent years, Johnson has made innovative technology central to his platform. This year, the Sacramento City Council established the Mayor's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to support startups in Sacramento. Incoming mayor Darrell Steinberg said he supports the strategy and plans to continue the office.

Draper will be in Sacramento representing Innovate Your State, his nonprofit that solicits creative solutions for improving the state of California. Draper organized the nonprofit after a ballot initiative he sponsored in 2014 to split California into six different states fell short of gathering enough signatures to qualify for the election.

This will be the second year of the Civic Tech & Gov Showcase. The first was held at Draper University, an alternative college for budding entrepreneurs in San Mateo.

The Sacramento event will take place at the Crest Theater from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Companies seeking more information are asked to email info@innovateyourstate.org.

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