Agenda

Tuesday, February 13

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

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” — Metropolitan

Presenter: Charles Cooper, Executive Vice President, Signal Group

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Break — Metropolitan Foyer
1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Tech Policy Summit Welcome & Introductions — Metropolitan
1:40 – 2:50 p.m. Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieve a Skilled America — Metropolitan

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: Amanda Ahlstrand, Administrator for the Office of Workforce Investment at the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor (Invited)
Christopher Bates, Senior Counsel to Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee
Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director, New American Economy
Tracey Welson-Rossman, Founder and CEO, TechGirlz

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

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

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, Member Attorney, Lerman Senter PLLC
David Goldman, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Kelsey Guyselman, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Charla Rath, Vice President, Wireless Policy Development, Verizon

Moderators: Matthew Starr, Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

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

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.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Lessons learned from a federal government perspective

  • Benefits, challenges, and adoption

  • BlockChain – A policy and regulatory perspective

  • The BlockChain Market – A look at different verticals utilizing blockchain technology

  • State focus – What have states done to date and what is planned for the future

Panelists:
Amy Davine Kim, Global Policy Director and General Counsel, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Seth Robinson, Senior Director, Technology Analysis, CompTIA
Joel Waterfield, Director, State and Local Tax Practice, Grant Thornton
Michelle White, Director, Shared Services & IT Products Contract Operations, GSA

Moderator:
David Logsdon, Senior Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast — Metropolitan
8:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Capitol Hill Speakers Series — Metropolitan
9:00 a.m. Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security
9:30 a.m. Michael O’Rielly, FCC Commissioner
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Boxed Lunch — Metropolitan Foyer
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CompTIA Capitol Hill Visits — Refer to your meeting schedule
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