ThinkFest Snapshot: Josh Shapiro

Can Government Be as Innovative as Google?

We’re rounding up the reasons Philly Mag readers should not miss ThinkFest, our week-long event connecting the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in Philadelphia. 

Josh ShapiroDemocrat Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery Country commissioners, is a heavy hitter in the regional political scene.

Named a Best Philadelphian by Philadelphia magazine this year, Shapiro is known for his efforts toward passing a ban on texting and driving, improving early childhood education programs and making college more affordable for Pennsylvania families.


More recently, Shapiro has been a major figure in the fight to change marriage laws. He has stated his support for same-sex marriage and says he is ready for Montgomery County to defend same-sex couples who seek a marriage license in court.

At this year's ThinkFest, Shapiro and City Councilman Bill Green will  discuss the current state of government and attempt to answer the tantalizing question: "Can Government Be as Innovative as Google?"

You can catch this panel discussion, one of 17 idea-sparking events during ThinkFest's Main Event, on Saturday, November 9th, at The Kimmel Center.

Learn more about ThinkFest (featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews) and buy your tickets now.

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  • Walker

    I don’t want government innovating. I want government to build and maintain roads, and kill bad guys. Other than that, government should go away and leave me alone.

    Anything else government is involved in, I can get better, faster, cheaper at Target or Walmart.

  • DavidBehar

    Josh Shapiro needs to slow down. Government innovation is code for government growth.