Dream large. Do things. Inspire. San Francisco’s CIO shared a vision of a more transparent and collaborative government. We helped him bring those ideas to life.

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As Chief Information Officer of one of the most innovative cities on the planet, Chris Vein passionately advocated using the latest technology in support of open government. He wanted a presentation that reflected his message.

We re-imagined his story using Prezi, a zooming presentation tool that liberates presenters from linear slides. The look and feel is simple and open, allowing space for a few unexpected transitions. We used grouping to organize his ideas and Prezi’s zooming capability to bring key concepts to life (such as his “Fail Forward” philosophy). The final resolve drives home the concept of unity and collaboration.

Chris gave this presentation across the U.S. and internationally, to enthusiasm and intrigue. And in travels of his own, Chris moved on to join the Obama administration, as Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation. We can’t wait to see what he thinks up next.


Client: Chris Vein, former CIO of the City and County of San Francisco 

Project: Custom Prezi

Services: Presentation design, custom graphics, writing and editing


“As the CIO for the City and County of San Francisco, I had the opportunity to educate and hopefully inspire others to share in our dream of a more open, transparent, and collaborative government. Since developing new and innovative approaches is key to our success, I am always seeking out new and exciting technologies to help deliver the message. Using Prezi’s unique storytelling capabilities, Matt and Alison understood my vision completely and created a fresh take on the presentation model, inviting audiences to shift perspective with me. They are an amazing collaborative team and I look forward to working with them again and again.”

Chris Vein
Chief Innovation Officer for Global Information and Communications Technology Development at World Bank (former Deputy U.S. CTO for Government Innovation, Obama administration)