Technology executives, business owners, tech councils and policy makers from across the country will converge in Washington, D.C. on February 5-6 for the 2019 CompTIA DC Fly-In – a must-attend for anyone interested in advancing the digital economy and having their voice heard by key constituents on the hill!

This 2-day member-only event includes:

  • Tech Summit @DC Fly-In: Hear inspiring speakers and dynamic panels discuss vital tech policy issues.
  • Tech Champion Awards Dinner: Celebrate distinguished individuals whose work is driving tech policy in Washington and around the country. Past honorees include: Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Steve Sylstra, President & CEO, Arizona Technology Council: Attend speeches from Members of Congress and the White House to learn what they are doing to support the technology industry and your business.
  • Capitol Hill Speakers Series: Attend speeches from Members of Congress and the White House to learn what they are doing to support the technology industry and your business.
  • Capitol Hill Visits: Join exclusive meetings with Members of Congress to discuss the critical issues facing the technology sector.


CompTIA members make it a priority to attend the annual DC Fly-In for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to influence policy. Meeting face-to-face with congressional leaders and lawmakers as you connect with your peers from around the country is the best way to drive our mission to advance the digital economy.

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People Are Talking About the DC Fly-In Experience

“The Hill visits are the best – always constructive and instructive to engage lawmakers and allow us to hear their perspective and be better advocates.”
-2018 DC Fly-In Participant

“It was great to connect with and learn from other tech councils. The speakers were great for diving into and learning more about different issues. The Hill visits were great for connecting with our delegation and making meaningful connections.”
-2018 DC Fly-In Participant

“The content was good. The speakers were on point. The Senators and Congressman accepting the awards was special – a nice treat in DC politics.”
-2018 DC Fly-In Participant


Chloe Autio Policy Analyst Intel Corporation
Philip Bane Managing Director Smart Cities Council
Nicole Bivens Collinson President, International Trade, Government Relations and Federal Affairs Specialist Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A
Chris Calabrese Vice President for Policy Center for Democracy & Technology
Brendan Carr Commissioner Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Austin Carson Government Relations NVIDIA
Charles Cooper Executive Vice President Signal Group
Eric Einhorn Senior Counsel for Technology and Communications Policy Office of United States Senator Brian Schatz
Alexandra Givens Executive Director, Institute for Technology Policy Georgetown University Law Center
Travis Hall Telecommunications Policy Specialist, Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Elizabeth Hyman Executive Vice President, Public Advocacy CompTIA
Robert Latta Congressman United States House of Representatives (R-OH)
Steve LeVine Future Editor Axios
Michael V. Mansour II Legislative Director Office of U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger
Scott Pattison Executive Director and CEO National Governors Association
Rebecca Rainey Employment and Immigration Reporter Politico
Carolyn Renick Cybersecurity / Financial Services Lead Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor
Kelly Riddle Legislative Assistant Office of United States Senator Jacky Rosen
John Sipple Senior Software Engineer (Machine Learning) Google and DIU
Lamar Smith Senior Consultant Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP and Former Member of Congress
Deb Socia Executive Director Next Century Cities
Matthew Starr Director, Public Advocacy CompTIA
Richard Ward Director of National Security Policy Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
Yael Weinman Associate General Counsel, Privacy Verizon


Register here for the “What to Expect” webinar on Tuesday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET. If you’ve never been to the CompTIA DC Fly-In, this is a must-attend to understand how the event works.

Register here for the TECNA reception on Monday, February 4. All DC Fly-In attendees are welcome.

TECNA has partnered with Maher & Maher to offer a short program right before the DC Fly-In to provide an update on apprenticeship in the tech sector. Register here for the Apprenticeship Summit on Tuesday, February 5 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Registration is free to all DC Fly-In attendees and includes breakfast.

  • 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM

    DC Fly-In Registration

  • 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

    DC Fly-In Welcome and Introduction

    Presenter: Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, Public Advocacy, CompTIA

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    Elizabeth Hyman

  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    Building the Cybersecurity Workforce Through Apprenticeships

    We have heard it a hundred times: we have a cybersecurity workforce shortage. The longer we let the problem perpetuate, the harder it will be to fix. This panel will examine one way to help fill the skills and confidence gap in cybersecurity – apprenticeships. By leveraging this training model, tech companies are able to put more workers into jobs quickly and with the requisite skills needed both from classroom and on-the-job perspectives.

    Moderator:Rebecca Rainey, Employment & Immigration Reporter, Politico


    • Austin Carson, Government Relations, NVIDIA
    • Michael V. Mansour II, Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger
    • Carolyn Renick, Cybersecurity & Financial Services Lead, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor
    • Kelly Riddle, Legislative Assistant, Office of United States Senator Jacky Rosen

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    Rebecca Rainey


    Kelly Riddle


    Austin Carson


    Michael V. Mansour II


    Carolyn Renick

  • 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

    Networking Break

  • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

    Working Lunch: Prioritizing Emerging Technologies Within an Infrastructure Package

    We’ll divide the group into three sections to discuss the key policy issues and how to present each issue to Members of Congress and their staffs. CompTIA staff and other experts will work with each group on the issues to ensure we deliver a powerful and consistent message.


    • Philip Bane, Managing Director, Smart Cities Council
    • Charles Cooper, Executive Vice President, Signal Group
    • Elizabeth HymanExecutive Vice President, Public Advocacy at CompTIA
    • Deb Socia, Executive Director, Next Century Cities
    • Richard Ward, Director of National Security Policy at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

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    Deb Socia


    Elizabeth Hyman


    Charles Cooper


    Philip Bane


    Richard Ward

  • 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

    Networking Break

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Now Is the Time for Federal Privacy Legislation

    With the recent implementation of the GDPR in Europe, and new privacy laws in California and Brazil, the buzz around a comprehensive federal privacy law in the U.S. has reached a fever pitch. The House, Senate, and Trump Administration are all currently looking at the issue, and interested parties on all sides have voiced their support for a federal law. But what exactly should this new law look like? That’s where opinions start to diverge. This panel will gather speakers from industry, government and the public interest space to discuss why the U.S. needs to pass a federal privacy law now. We will look at where there is consensus on how the U.S. should tackle federal privacy legislation, and perhaps more importantly, where there is disagreement.

    Moderator:  Matthew Starr, Director, Public Advocacy, CompTIA


    • Chris Calabrese, Vice President for Policy, Center for Democracy & Technology
    • Eric Einhorn, Senior Counsel for Technology and Communications Policy, Office of United States Senator Brian Schatz
    • Travis Hall, Telecommunications Policy Specialist, (OPAD), (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce
    • Yael Weinman, Associate General Counsel, Privacy, Verizon

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    Matthew Starr


    Travis Hall


    Chris Calabrese


    Eric Einhorn


    Yael Weinman

  • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Networking Break

  • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Moving from Automated to Autonomous

    Only a few years ago, the artificial intelligence (AI) industry was mired in slow growth. There were few players in the game, making it feel as if AI was contained to a few players - with IBM’s Watson being one of the few success stories.  Times have changed, and AI has quickly evolved from the obscure to the mainstream. Our economic and national security ecosystems are touched by AI almost every day.  According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), AI is ushering in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” -- the first major workplace transformation to focus on streamlining intellectual labor in addition to manual labor.  WEF estimates in its “The Future of Jobs Report 2018,” that while 75 million jobs may be displaced, 133 million jobs may emerge as humans and machines work together in the future. But with progress comes difficult questions. How will AI affect our economic prosperity and national security? How do we expand a more diverse pipeline or trained workers? How are we retooling our educational curriculum? How are we breaking down existing silos? How do we recruit and retrain for a 21st century workforce?

    Moderator:Steve LeVine, Future Editor, Axios


    • Chloe Autio, Policy Analyst, Corporate and Government Affairs , Intel Corporation
    • Alexandra Givens, Executive Director, Institute for Technology Policy, Georgetown University Law Center
    • John Sipple, Senior Software Engineer, Machine Learning at Google and Specialist in AI for DIUx

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    Steve LeVine


    Chloe Autio


    Alexandra Givens


    John Sipple

  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    DC Fly-In Reception and Tech Champion Awards Ceremony

    Join industry leaders and government officials as we honor a select group of individuals who have worked to strengthen the technology sector in Washington and beyond. Network with decision makers and help us celebrate the hard work of the industry’s biggest advocates.


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  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    DC Fly-In Conference Dinner

    Enjoy dinner and networking with fellow attendees and have the chance to meet other attendees from your state before your Hill visits on Wednesday.

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  • 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    DC Fly-In Registration

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    DC Fly-In Conference Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Capitol Hill Speaker Series

    Join us to hear from government thought leaders on tech trends and policies impacting the industry.


    • Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    • Nicole Bivens Collinson, International Trade, Government Relations & Federal Affairs Specialist, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A
    • Robert Latta, Congressman, United States House of Representatives (R-OH)
    • Scott Pattison, Executive Director & CEO, National Governors Association
    • Hon. Lamar Smithformer Member of Congress
      Senior Consultant, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

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    Brendan Carr


    Nicole Bivens Collinson


    Robert Latta


    Lamar Smith


    Scott Pattison

  • 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    DC Fly-In Hill Visits

    Join fellow attendees from your state to visit Members of Congress offices to discuss issues impacting your business and the Tech Industry.

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Registration Category Registration Rate
CompTIA Members:
Registration is included in membership dues
Member companies receive unlimited complimentary registrations
Includes SGA, Federal, International, SLED, HSITAG, SEC, Premier Members, AITP


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Event venue

  • Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
  • +1-877-803-7534
  • The cutoff date to receive the discounted CompTIA rate has now past. The hotel may still have some availability, to check, please call 1-877-803-7534 and note that you are with the CompTIA DC Fly-In group. For your convenience we have also provided a list of hotel properties within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. If you need assistance please contact Brooke Shevtsov at

Hotel properties located less than 2 blocks from the Hyatt Regency:

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-638-1616

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-628-2100

Hotel George
15 E Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-347-4200

Hotel properties located less than 3 blocks from the Hyatt Regency:

Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: 202-638-6900

Hotel properties located within a mile of the Hyatt Regency:

Capitol Hill Hotel
200 C Street. SE
Washington DC, 20003
Phone: 202-543-6000

Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill/Navy Yard
140 L Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-479-0027

Residence Inn Washington, DC / Capitol333 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-484-8280

Holiday Inn Washington Capitol
550 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20224
(202) 479-4000