SIM in the Suburbs Dinner
Topic: Changing the Game in Illinois: Innovation With Constraints
In early 2015, Illinois started at the bottom 4th of 50 states in technology rankings. Within 18 months, by Q4 of 2016, Illinois moved up to the top 3rd. A lot of work got done along the way. Key ingredients for this stellar success were, Governor’s executive sponsorship, an amazing team that came together from inside and outside the government, a business mindset for running technology, a heavy focus on comprehensive digital transformation and many more. Along the way, Illinois also established itself as the first Smart State in the country and established national and international partnerships for that.
Agenda Click Here to Register
5:30pm – 6:30pm Social Hour / Networking
6:30pm – 7:15pm Announcements and Dinner
7:15pm – 8:15pm Keynote Speaker and Q&A
8:15pm – Adjourn
$50 per member. Includes meal and cash bar.
$70 per non SIM member. Includes meal and cash bar.
*Must be accompanied by a SIM member and is limited to two visits per program year
Hardik Bhatt, Chief Digital Officer & State CIO, State of Illinois
Hardik is a transformational leader with tremendous acumen in both strategy and execution for large transformations. Hardik has moved seamlessly between private and public sector.
After working for TCS in India and Oracle in the US, he became the CIO of the City of Chicago in his early 30’s.
He pioneered the Smart Chicago program and built it as a national model.
He went on to work as a senior executive for Cisco. He lead global business development for Cisco’s Smart & Connected Communities as well as Internet of Everything business. In that capacity, he worked with 30+ global cities, including Barcelona, Dubai, Copenhagen, Hamburg, San Francisco and many others.
In March 2015, he was recruited by Governor Rauner as the CIO for State of Illinois, to lead State’s digital transformation. In last two years, Hardik and his team have brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings by creating a consolidated Department of Innovation & Technology with 1,700 people and $1B budget, building state’s first comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, increasing state’s mobile presence by 500%, launching state’s data practice and pioneering the Smart State concept by making Illinois the first state to have a clear Smart State vision and roadmap.
Beyond his day job as the State CIO, Hardik is an angel investor and a board member for two IoT companies, a non-profit charter school network serving predominantly Chicago’s Hispanic community and the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Hardik has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from India and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management