Agenda

Tuesday, February 13

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch: CHANCE in Tech Act

The CHANCE in Tech Act will help us promote the importance of closing the growing skills gap with on-the-job training and certifications that foster a strong technology workforce to boost innovation and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure. You can read the full legislation here.

Presenter: Brent Parton, Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills, New America

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Recap on “What to Expect”
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Break
1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Tech Policy Summit Welcome & Introductions
1:40 – 2:50 p.m. Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieve a Skilled America

Our nation relies on a modern, highly-skilled workforce to remain competitive and innovative in today’s global economy. Yet current policies are inhibiting our ability to find and retain top-talent as well as cultivate a sustainable long-term talent pipeline that is required to achieve a strong 21st century workforce. According to Cyberstates 2017, the U.S. tech sector employment grew by nearly 3 percent in 2016, approaching 7 million workers. Without reform, the United States will not be able to sustain this growth. To achieve our workforce goals, we must look at a three-pronged solution: high-skilled immigration reform, improvements to STEM education curriculums, and greater and wiser investment in job training programs. This panel will explore each of these components as well as what the increasing adoption of AI and automation mean for future of work.

Panelists: Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director, New American Economy (Invited)
Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder and CEO, TechGirlz (Invited)

Moderator: Darrell M. West, Vice President and Director for Governance Studies and Founding Director for the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution (Invited)

2:50 – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Spectrum: The Fuel for 5G and IoT

Earlier this year, the FCC concluded its broadcast incentive auction, which repurposed 84 Mhz of low-band broadcast spectrum for (primarily) licensed wireless use. While this spectrum will go a long way towards boosting wireless connectivity and capacity, it represents what is likely the last time such a large swath of low-band spectrum (below 3 Ghz) will ever be available at auction. Meanwhile, the demand for wireless data continues to grow due to both new users and new IoT devices connecting every day. Unfortunately, there simply isn’t enough available spectrum to meet the anticipated growth in demand. This panel will delve into what Congress, the FCC and NTIA are and should be doing to make more spectrum available for both licensed and unlicensed use to meet the coming demand. It will also look at how and why 5G and IoT will rely on mid-band and high-band spectrum that traditionally hasn’t been put to these sorts of uses in the past.

Panelists: Steve Coran, Lerman Senter PLLC

Moderators: Matthew Starr, Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Networking Break
4:10 – 5:10 p.m. BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold?

BlockChains have emerged as one of the next big transformational technologies being considered for government use in an effort to provide residents with easy, online access to services and transactions. BlockChain technology is also at the forefront of many private industry sectors, including banking, real estate, and health care. Hear from both government and industry experts as they cover security, transparency, and the multipurpose usage aspects of this emerging technology. Please join CompTIA as we explore the very latest BlockChain developments and how they may impact banking, cybersecurity, supply chain management, and many more industries.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Blockchain has become immensely popular but what path did it take to get here?

  • Can you provide us some examples of how Blockchain will affect current industries?

  • If Blockchain is based upon a decentralized ledger, how will the most centralized of entities (i.e., government) participate?

  • What is the benefit of industries forming consortiums for purposes of Blockchain?

  • Panelists: Steve Coran, Lerman Senter PLLC

Panelists:

  • Jose Arrieta, Director, Office of IT 70 Schedule Contract Operations, GSA

  • Seth Robinson, Senior Director, Technology Analysis, CompTIA

  • Joel Waterfield, Director, State and Local Tax Practice, Grant Thornton

Moderator:

  • David Logsdon, Senior Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

5:10 – 5:15 p.m. Wrap Up
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Tech Champion Awards Reception
6:15 – 8:00 p.m. Champion Awards Dinner

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Speakers Series
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. CompTIA Capitol Hill Visits
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