We are currently working on our 2017 agenda. The below agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, February 14

11:00 am – 7:00 pm


12:00 – 1:00 pm

Working Lunch: Developing a Tech Education & Workforce Bill Policy Spotlight
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  • Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
  • Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures & EVP, Social Innovation, CompTIA

1:00 – 1:15 pm

Re-Cap on “What to Expect

1:15 – 1:30 pm

Networking Break

1:30 – 1:40 pm

Tech Policy Summit Welcome & Introductions

1:40 – 2:50 pm

Filling the Cybersecurity Workforce Pipeline
There is no doubt that we are facing a shortage of skilled workers needed in the cybersecurity space. The problem is two-fold: filling the gaps that we have today while preparing the next generation to ensure adequate workforce in the future. This is a problem that needs to be solved by the public and private sectors working together to create clear career paths for cybersecurity, while using all available tools for recruitment and retention of skilled personnel. This is also an opportunity for men and women looking for a well-paid and enduring career. This panel will examine what the public sector is doing at the various levels of government and what the private sector can do to get involved while aligning their own efforts.

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  • Lynne Clark, OCP Chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP), NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Program Office
  • David Forscey, Policy Analyst, National Governors Association
  • Bill Newhouse, Deputy Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Program Office, NIST
  • Chase Norlin, CEO, Transmosis
  • Moderator: Rick Geritz, CEO, LifeJourney (Invited)

2:50 – 3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Industry Working with Government to Realize the Benefits of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) industry is booming, with millions of devices already in use, and billions more expected in the coming years. Because these devices are used in such a wide variety of ways (connected homes, smart vehicles, healthcare, smart grids, etc.), there are a number federal agencies monitoring the industry, but no clear standards in place for how they should assert their regulatory authority. Additionally, these devices will be transmitting massive amounts of data, and we will need both the spectrum and broadband infrastructure to accommodate data demands. To pave the way for innovation and growth in the IoT space, we need industry participation and input to help government understand what they can and should do to move the industry forward. This panel will look at what the federal government can do both in the near and long-term to ensure the success of the IoT.


  • Melika Carroll, Policy Advisor for Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
  • Melissa Glidden Tye, Vice President, Public Policy, Verizon
  • Travis Hall, Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Moderator: Matthew Starr, Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

4:00 – 4:10 pm

Networking Break

4:10 - 5:10 pm

Implications of a New Congress and Administration on the Tech Agenda

With a turbulent election season in the rearview mirror, 535 members of the House and Senate will be just beginning the 115th Congress and a new President, who will be filling some 4,200 positions within her or his administration (1,200 of which will require Senate confirmation), will have been in office for just about a month. With such significant changes, we take a moment to examine the agendas of the House, Senate and Administration as it applies to technology. What is the outlook for STEM, cybersecurity, high skilled immigration, privacy and much more? We will ask leading Hill and Administration staffers these important questions.


  • Neil Chatterjee, Policy Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
  • Charles Cooper, Executive Vice President, Signal Group
  • Matt Kellogg, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel to the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Invited)
  • Jack Krumholtz, Managing Director, Glover Park Group
  • Moderator: Jason Boxt, Executive Vice President, Penn Schoen Berland

5:15 – 6:15 pm

Champion Awards Reception

6:15 – 8:30 pm

Champion Awards Dinner

Wednesday, February 15

7:45 – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:30 am

Capitol Hill Speakers Series
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  • Tim Herbert, Vice President, Research & Market Intelligence, CompTIA
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Acting Chairman, FTC

10:30 – 11:30 am

Boxed Lunch

11:30 am – 5:00 pm

CompTIA Pre-Arranged Hill Visits