The CompTIA State Tech Summit (formerly known as the State Government Affairs and SLED annual meeting) is an excellent opportunity to network with CompTIA members, legislators and policy experts – while we set our state policy priorities for the upcoming year.


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About CompTIA Public Advocacy

We have dedicated resources in Washington, D.C. and across the country working on your behalf – but we need your input! When you attend this annual meeting you’ll have a chance to voice your organization’s challenges and priorities in the current marketplace. We’ll then draft a set of policy priorities for the coming year that represent you and your company via our federal, state government affairs and trade regulation and compliance practices.



We Need You! CompTIA State Government Affairs Members

Our team not only provides state-level tracking, advocacy and grassroots support for the tech industry at state houses across the country, but we also analyze and develop policy positions on literally thousands of pieces of legislation. When you attend the State Tech Summit you can be sure we’re advocating for you and your company’s best interests.


We Need You! CompTIA State & Local Government and Education (SLED)

Councils-SLED-HorzThe CompTIA SLED The CompTIA SLED Council engages members serving the state and local government and education markets in meaningful dialogue with key program leaders and elected government officials – but the initiatives we pursue are up to you! Attending the State Tech Summit ensures we’re on the same page with our members and we’re positively affecting your ability to do business.



Wednesday, October 11

  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. State Government Affairs / State & Local Government and Education (SELD) Breakout Meetings
    *By Invitation Only – You must be a dues-paying member of the SGA Program and SLED Council.
  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Evening Networking Reception

Thursday, October 12

  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Speaker

    Arizona’s Position as an Innovation Hub
    The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona’s economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create – recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona and beyond; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.

    The ACA is overseen by a public-private sector board composed of Arizona leaders in business and policy. The board is overseen by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and co-chaired by Brian Mueller, President and CEO of Grand Canyon University. Joining them on the board is a group of prestigious private-sector business leaders, elected officials and university presidents.

    • Randy Gustafson, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

    Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World
    The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) will hit a major milestone by 2021 with machine-to-machine (M2M) connections that support IoT applications accounting for more than half of the world's 27.1 billion devices and connections. These predictions highlight the complexity of the IoT and the potential to provide enormous benefits for consumers, but also have significant privacy and security implications. Connected devices that provide increased convenience and improve health services are also collecting, transmitting, storing and often sharing vast amounts of consumer data. As companies develop IoT products, there is an expectation that reasonable security measures are in place depending on the amount and sensitivity of data collected. This panel will focus on IoT data collection, storage, usage and most importantly consumer trust. 

    • Joe Gervais, Principal Cybersecurity Researcher, LifeLock
    • Margaret Gladstein, Capitol Advocacy
    • Jeff Greene, Senior Director of Global Government Affairs and Policy, Symantec
    • Leah Popoff, State and Local Government Affairs, VMware
  • 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

    A Look at 2017-2018 Gubernatorial Races
    October will be an interesting time because both Virginia and New Jersey will have gubernatorial elections, and then of course we have the 2018 cycle. While not necessarily tech-focused, there are certainly repercussions for the industry based on who is elected Governor in the 36 states with gubernatorial elections in 2018. How will Republican governors fare in their re-election bids in blue and purple states (IL, IA, MA, MD, PA, VT, and WI)? How about open seats in purple states (CO, FL, MI, MN, NV, NM, and OH)? 

    • Kevin Callahan, CompTIA (Moderator)
    • Corey Platt, Political Director, Democratic Governors Association (Invited)
    • Jon Thompson, Communications Director, Republican Governors Association (Invited)
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Is Arizona the “Next Detroit” for Autonomous Vehicles?
    Arizona is attracting major players in the self-driving car universe. Waymo, Uber, General Motors, Ford and Intel, are all testing different autonomous vehicle applications. It has to be more than the good weather. Why is Arizona leading the way in the race to attract the self-driving car industry?

    • Harry Lightsey, Executive Director, Emerging Technologies Policy, Global Public Policy, General Motors
    • Sarah Matz, CompTIA (Moderator)
    • Jill Sciarappo, Strategic Marketing Director, Intel Corp
  • 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise

    Inspiring Tech Careers and Innovation
    Looking at the number of tech patents granted and the number of tech startups and new tech business establishments, Arizona ranks 14th nationally in terms of innovation. Much of that success is due to a great environment for investment in research and development. This session will learn more about the vision of Arizona. Specifically, getting more Arizonans into tech careers and how policy can continue to inspire innovation in Arizona.

    • Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise
  • 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

    The Evolving Job Description of a Government CIO
    In recent years, we have seen a growing trend of having state CIOs serve as a broker of services as opposed to owning and providing the service themselves. This has involved a significant culture shift and to a commitment to systems integration. Arizona has been a leader in this regard.  What has this shifting model meant for government proficiency to meet constituent needs?

    • Matt Arvay, City of Phoenix Chief Information Officer (invited)
    • Morgan Reed, State of AZ Chief Information Officer
    • Jennifer Saha, CompTIA (Moderator)
    • David Stevens, Maricopa County Chief Information Officer



Joe Gervais

Principal Cybersecurity Researcher at LifeLock


Margaret Gladstein

Capitol Advocacy

Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene

Senior Director of Global Government Affairs and Policy, Symantec

Bill Goodwin

Bill Goodwin

General Counsel, AirMap

Randy Gustafson

Randy Gustafson

Arizona Commerce Authority

Harry Lightsey

Harry M. Lightsey, III

Executive Director, EmergingTechnologies Policy, GMNA Public Policy


Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise


Leah Popoff

State and Local Government Affairs, VMware


David Stevens

Maricopa County Chief Information Officer


Morgan Reed

State of AZ Chief Information Officer


Jill Sciarappo

Strategic Marketing Director, Intel Corp

Bob Worsley

Senator Bob Worsley

Transportation Committee Chair

Value Add Opportunity!
CompTIA State Tech Summit Attendees, Hear from Steve Wozniak on October 12.

Join us for an evening of innovation and celebration with special guest Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, immediately following the CompTIA State Tech Summit. Hear from Wozniak as he makes a big announcement that will change the world once again!

The party begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. Learn more at

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JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 East Lincoln Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Event venue

  • JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
  • 1-800-582-2169
  • The State Tech Summit rate is $199. Reserve your room by Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to receive the State Tech Summit discount rate. Rooms may fill up prior to this date, so be sure to make your reservations now.

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CompTIA Members: $295 (includes all member types across Policy, Public Sector, Channel, AITP)

Non-Members: $345

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