MACo Tech Expo Sessions to Focus on AI, VR, and Facial Recognition

MACo’s Summer Conference is almost here – Aug 16-19, 2023. MACo’s Wednesday Tech Expo is a can’t-miss event, so be sure to circle your calendar for these tech-filled sessions.

MACo’s Tech Expo features a one-day exhibit show of 56 booths focusing in tech products and solutions for counties. Alongside the exhibit show will be three deep-dive educational sessions focusing on the hottest tech topics of the day…

  • Title: The Robots Are Coming: AI Through the County Lens
  • Description: Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to create significant opportunities for government transformation, enabling greater efficiency while improving the accuracy and effectiveness of decision-making and service delivery. But it also poses some ethical dilemmas and raises concerns about bias, security, transparency, and more. Attend this session for insights and expert guidance on the future direction of technology, best practices to define and validate government IT strategies, and tips for mitigating risk without inhibiting innovation.
  • Speakers:
    • Rob O’Connor, CIO, Maryland Comptroller
    • Mark Ripper, Director and CIO, Carroll County
    • Dave Mahoney, Director, Security Privacy and Risk Consulting, RSM
    • Ben Yelin, Program Director, Public Policy & External Affairs, UMD Center for Health and Homeland Security
  • Moderator: The Honorable Katie Fry Hester, MD State Senate
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, August 16, 2023; 10:00 am – 11:00 am


  • Title: Not a Game: Saving Lives with Virtual Reality Emergency Training
  • Description: In a crisis, preparation is key. But unfortunately, most individuals won’t know how to respond in an emergency until they’ve been through it. Of course, de-briefs and after-action discussions can help law enforcement and first responders prepare for the NEXT situation, but what if they could have this insight before they need it? Virtual reality simulations are helping them do just that. Simulation training creates an opportunity to immerse an individual and their senses in a three-dimensional computer-generated emergency, allowing them to see what instincts might take hold when disaster strikes and better understand – and fine-tune – their crisis responses. These programs are being deployed around the state to enable law enforcement officers and civilians to experience firsthand a 9-1-1 response for everything from a mental health crisis to isolated armed suspects and active shooter events. Presenters will explore how this technology saves lives and brings awareness to the realities of emergency encounters.
  • Speakers:
    • Joseph Costantini – Manager, Police in Service Training Unit, Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service
    • Lt. Brendan Boettinger – Training Coordinator, Advanced Officer Training, Prince George’s County Police Department
    • John C. Moses – Director of Criminal Justice, Wor-Wic Community College
  • Moderator: The Honorable Mary Beth Carozza, MD State Senate
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, August 16, 2023; 11:15 am – 12:15 pm


  • Title: Facing the Future: What Facial Recognition Means for Public Safety
  • Description: The most prominent technology companies worldwide have used facial recognition for decades. Everyone from smartphone and social media companies to software engineers and app developers is integrating the technology. In recent years, it has also produced groundbreaking public safety and crime prevention results. Hear from this panel of technology experts and public safety officials who deploy these programs to ensure communities are safe and secure for years to come.
  • Speakers:
    • Dave Engel: Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center
    • Captain Nicholas Picerno, Montgomery County, Special Investigations Unit
    • Jack Mulcaire – General Counsel, Clearview AI
  • Moderator: The Honorable Elizabeth Embry, MD House of Delegates
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, August 16, 2023; 1:15 pm –2:15 pm


You must be registered for the conference to attend –

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