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GovTech: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

by | Dec 7, 2016 | Influencer Lists,

Regardless of your political leanings and whether you advocate for more or for less government, governments play a central role in organizing and delivering services that citizens cannot do on their own, like building and maintaining infrastructures, organising transportation or offering health services. GovTech is how the nascent ecosystem of startups and tech companies aiming to digitalise government are known. Transforming the public sector to offer new public services and make it more efficient, fast and more transparent and ease the communication between government and its citizens. In the end, the public sector will  bring all their services online, in a more transparent and cost-effective way.
The government is eager to explore new technologies like artificial intelligence, internet of things and blockchain. Startups that solve critical ethical points for government employees will be the beneficiaries and govtech will prove to be one of the biggest market opportunities hiding in plain sight. Governments around the world spend $400 billion on IT and software each year to help improve agility and reduce bureaucracy.


We reached out to some of the top influencers on our list to ask them for their views on GovTech. We spoke to Karen Hunter (#1), Evan Kirstel (#5), Lisa Abeyta (#7) and Marc R. Gagné (#18). Be sure to follow them to stay up to date on the best content and resources on GovTech.

Onalytica -GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands -Karen HunterKaren Hunter – Entrepreneur and host of The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM
We live in a nation where people are woefully ignorant to the ways in which our government works—from why we have an electoral college to the duties of each branch of government. When we started the Party of Lincoln app it was to give people an easy way to register to vote, contact their elected officials, and even run for office. We wanted American’s to be empowered and engaged in this political process. The Party of Lincoln app evolved to include political history and civics lessons. Our goal was to make sure there would be no excuse for anyone with a smartphone to not have access to information that will change and impact their lives. We are proud of what we have accomplished in this space. Thank you for acknowledging that the Party of Lincoln is one of the best govtech/civictech on the market.”

Onalytica -GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Evan KirstelEvan Kirstel – Entrepreneur and Social Media Business Strategist at

Technology moves faster than government, and if government wants to take advantage of the all the opportunity and innovation happening in tech, then it needs to find a new middle ground between the Crazy cycles of the market in the tech sector and the sluggish, innovation-stifling ways of traditional government bureaucracy. It’s exiting following innovative startups partnering with thought leaders and change makers in the government to push traditional boundaries. A great time to follow the #Govtech space!

Onalytica -GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Lisa AbeytaLisa Abeyta – Founder and CEO at APPCityLife Inc.
GovTech is a rapidly expanding industry across the globe that has an engaging, collaborative, inspiring community of individuals within government, nonprofits and private industry who all share the commonality of employing new and existing technologies to improve the lives of citizens. It seems only natural that this global community would gravitate to global networks like Twitter where we can all learn from innovators in other countries, explore ideas, challenge assumptions and establish relationships with others who are also focused on using tech for good to improve government and the communities they serve.

Onalytica -GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Marc GagneMarc Gagne – Senior Privacy and Data Advocate, Cyber Intelligence and Director at Gagne Legal
Hardly any aspect of life remains untouched by digital transformation and AI, with the exception of government. What’s keeping governments from adopting artificial intelligence systems that could improve lives in so many ways? The biggest obstacle at the moment isn’t capability: it’s ethics. With respected influencers like Stephen J. Hawking expressing a fear of AI, democratic nations face a long road to ‘Smart Nation’ status. Ethics aside, the promises of GovTech are truly exciting. They range from better transportation systems and improvements in the environment to great leaps forward in public health initiatives. How about no more brown-outs because AI is managing our utilities? Or imagine easier application processes for government programs with data from tax returns available instantaneously through a federally-managed data center. AI can even help governments analyze the economy more accurately, with new indicators like utility consumption cross-referenced with transportation flow. Until we sort out the ethics of AI in government, one good compromise is the use of “augmented intelligence”, a modified form of AI that exists to help humans, not replace them. According to IBM, who coined the term, this is where the future of GovTech truly lies.


We were interested in seeing which topics were spoken of the most in the context of GovTech, so we analysed tweets and blogs from the top 100 influencers and brands between 1st January – 5th December 2016 and counted the number of times various topics were mentioned to create a topic share of voice pie chart:

 Onalytica - GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Topic Share of Voice
The most popular topic mentioned in tweets and blogs by the top GovTech influencers was Innovation with a 25% share of voice, illustrating how most of the influencers think Government needs more technical innovation. Startups was second with a 17% share of voice reflexing GovTech is a new sector and most of the companies working on this space are small Startups.  IoT and Big Data were the 3rd most popular topics both receiving 16% of all mentions among the top GovTech influencers and brands. The next most popular topic was AI with a 7% Share of Voice. Health and Cloud received a 5% share of voice. Meanwhile, Smart City, Open Data and Leadership got 3% of all mentions.


We were very interested in seeing which brand and individuals were leading the discussion around GovTech, so we analysed over 390K tweets mentioning the key words: govtech OR “” OR “gov tech” OR ((“public services” OR public services OR “transport service” OR transportservice OR “transport services” OR transportservices OR “health service” OR healthservice OR “public sector” OR publicsector OR government) AND (“new tech” OR newtech OR “new technology” OR newtechnology OR “emerging tech” OR emergingtech OR “emerging technology” OR emergingtechnology OR efficiency OR innovation OR “tech firms” OR techfirms OR “technology firms” OR technologyfirms OR “tech companies” OR techcompanies OR “technology companies” OR technologycompanies)) from 7th October – 29th October 2016. We then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter. What we discovered was a very engaged community, with much discussion between individuals and brands. Below you can see a network map of the online GovTech conversation with the Top 20 influencer Clifford McDowell  at the centre. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). Be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.
Onalytica - GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Network Individuals

Below you can see another network map created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM) showing the number 1 brand and number 1 individual Karen Hunter at the centre and all the GovTech conversations to and from the influencers in their field. If you are interested in learning more about identifying, managing and engaging with influencers click here to get in touch!
Onalytica - GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Network Brands


We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top influencers in GovTech. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the full report by clicking the download button below.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Company Influencer Score
1 @karenhunter Karen Hunter Karen Hunter Show 100
2 @roomeezon Imran Hafeez Panhwar Government of Pakistan 76.51
3 @rgsiii Robert Shurtleff IBM 58.26
4 @jeremy_chauvet Jérémy Chauvet Capgemini 38.06
5 @evankirstel Evan Kirstel 28.82
6 @J4Mtambalike Jumanne Mtambalike Sahara Ventures 27.63
7 @LisaAbeyta Lisa Abeyta App City Life 15.06
8 @JeffSMerritt Jeff S. Merritt New York City Government 14.39
9 @patricia1954 Patricia Williams Pfurmans 13.38
10 @Nuevalor Amaury Delplanque Orange 12
11 @TRMRoanokeCity Timothy Martin City Of Roanoke 11.48
12 @GovTechNoelle Noelle Knell GovTech News 11.45
13 @abhinemani abhi nemani City of Sacramento 11.44
14 @Lochoffs Anne Lochoff New Zealand Trade and Enterprise 11.16
15 @dustinhaisler Dustin Haisler eRepublic 10.2
16 @fcc_cio David A. Bray Federal Communications Commision 10.08
17 @cliffordious Clifford McDowell Doorda 10.07
18 @OttLegalRebels Marc R Gagné MAPP Gagne Legal 9.95
19 @TruthTeamOne Captain Truth Small business owner 9.57
20 @MazzucatoM Mariana Mazzucato San Francisco City Mayor´s Office 9.21
21 @JeremyMGoldberg Jeremy M. Goldberg San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation 9.04
22 @JAMAEsparza Esparza Asociacion TIC AAPP 8.94
23 @bgreeves Bill Greeves Wake County, NC 8.78
24 @sushthesis sushil deshmukh 8.75
25 @aalbertjac Albert (INC) 8.67
26 @RHNilsson Bob Nilsson Extreme Networks 8.26
27 @SFCityCIO Miguel A. Gamiño Jr. City & County of San Francisco 8.16
28 @digiphile Alex Howard SunFoundation 7.91
29 @judy_foote Hon. Judy Foote Canadian Minister of Public Services and Procurement 7.66
30 @meganesque Megan Eskey Technical Consultant 7.11
31 @PatrickatCarah Patrick Gallagher Carahsoft 6.78
32 @AliceLipowicz Alice Lipowicz Government IT 6.65
33 @PohJacqueline Jacqueline Poh Government of Singapore 5.94
34 @AlexHorovitz Alex Horovitz Cloud Watch Inc. 5.8
35 @vrai777 Vishma Rai (ϑ ℛai) GreenField Technologies Asia 5.8
36 @kristallakis Krista Canellakis San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation 5.69
37 @CarlaMays Carla Mays, MPA SingularityU 5.67
38 @andyjamesbeale Andy Beale UK´s Cabinet Office 5.59
39 @tinholt Dinand Tinholt Capgemini 5.54
40 @hrgilman Hollie Russon Gilman New America 5.53
41 @stonlyb Stonly Baptiste Chicago Booth School Of Business 5.31
42 @kelhutchinson Kelly Hutchinson DSI4AU 5.24
43 @Figment_jp Janet Pech Microsoft 5.03
44 @bhumharit LAPITH Integrated Brand Consulting 4.87
45 @davejroy David Roy Infosec 4.75
46 @lenagoh Lena Goh Singapore GovTech Agency 4.67
47 @lukefretwell Luke Fretwell ProudCity 4.55
48 @VisualPersist Matt BBC 4.54
49 @IceyHawt1 Icey Hawt 4.52
50 @Reichental Jonathan Reichental City of Palo Alto 4.32


We also looked at all the brands engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top brands talking about GovTech. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the report to get the full top 100 list, and see who are most the influential brands in GovTech.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @govtechnews 100
2 @govtechZA GovTechZA 64.14
3 @GCNtech GCN 59.53
4 @citizenlabco CitizenLab 52.06
5 @InnovFellows PIF 51.97
6 @FastCoExist Co.Exist 44.7
7 @medialab MIT Media Lab 42.19
8 @DSMeu DigitalSingleMarket 40.89
9 @Granicus Granicus, Inc. 39.85
10 @crunchbase crunchbase 38.81
11 @GovtechFund Govtech Fund 37.44
12 @nycforward NYC Tech+Innovation 35.89
13 @StartupSmartnow StartupSmart 33
14 @DionaMobility Diona 31.85
15 @bot_innovation Innovation BOT 31.04
16 @StartUpRealTime StartUpNews 29.82
17 @State_Scoop StateScoop 29.22
18 @AppitySnacks Appity Snacks 28.82
19 @GovTechSG GovTech (Singapore) 23.19
20 @itknowingness IT Knowingness 22.38
21 @biconnections BIconnections 21.73
22 @SFMOCI #civicinnovation 21.12
23 @A3PStrategies A3P Strategies 19.22
24 @SAPPublicSector SAP Public Sector 18.73
25 @GovInsider GovInsider 18.15
26 @AmsTechCity Amsterdam Tech City 17.13
27 @Carahsoft Carahsoft 17.05
28 @made4gov made4gov 16.15
29 @Engage2Tech EngageTech 16.03
30 @bcxglobal Business Connexion 15.07
31 @CityGrows CityGrows 15.06
32 @someinfosecbot Some InfoSec Bot 14.9
33 @TheSiliconHill The Silicon Hill 14.45
34 @winningdigital Winner Winner 14.39
35 @AfriLabs AfriLabs 13.87
36 @WomenWorldNews1 Women’s News 12.52
37 @BeeckCenter Beeck Center 12.39
38 @Results4America Results for America 12.31
39 @Kofax Kofax from Lexmark 12.16
40 @D_ThoughtLeader Design ThoughtLeader 11.92
41 @SetAsideAlert Set-Aside Alert 11.16
42 @DigitalLA Digital LA 11.06
43 @KSP_Libs KSP_Libs 10.87
44 @OpenSourceOrg OpenSourceInitiative 10.63
45 @opengov20 opengov20 10.18
46 @newurbanmechs New Urban Mechanics 9.98
47 @BusinessTimes The Business Times 9.55
48 @TechBuddhaa Tech Buddhaa 9.49
49 @PublicTech PublicTechnology 9.49
50 @iConstituent iConstituent, LLC. 9.28


At Onalytica we love building these lists and want to give back to our loyal readers as much as we can. If you’re interested in other topics (such as Virtual Reality, Digital HealthDigital Marketing) be sure to have a gander on our blog or why not propose some topics to us on twitter? We also build some very cool software to manage all of these influencers. Get a free demo today by clicking the button below!


Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around GovTech.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations also take into account a user’s relevance (number of tweets on topic) and reach (number of followers). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines influencer identification.





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