Savan Kong

Defense Leadership

Savan Kong is the Senior Advisor for User Experience (UX) Portfolio Management within the Department of Defense (DoD).  He leads the newly established UX PfMO, tasked with integrating UX principles across DoD IT projects. This includes building a department-wide understanding of user needs, promoting a UX-focused culture, and developing processes to improve the user experience of DoD technology for service members, civilians, and contractors. Kong brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors. Previously, he served as a Digital Service Expert at the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service, focusing on rapid UX solutions. He also held leadership positions at a defense tech startup and a major real estate company, demonstrating his diverse expertise in crafting user-centered products.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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