At the 2019 DC Fly-In you’ll have the opportunity to make your voice heard. The four-part event provides value for every participant.

 

Why Attend the Tech Policy Summit?

You have to know the issues before you can advocate for your business. This two-day member-only Tech Policy Summit features well-known thought leaders in small panels discussing hot topics and evolving policy issues. These engaging groups are able to provide valuable insight into what’s happening on the Hill and how it affects our industry.

Why Attend the Tech Champion Awards Dinner?

Join us for dinner that evening as we honor Congressional and industry leaders that are champions in regards to growth-oriented tech policies. You’ll have a chance to network and make connections with some of the brightest in our industry. Past honorees include: Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).

Why Attend the Capitol Hill Speakers Series?

When else do you get the opportunity to hear members of Congress and the Executive Branch speak to you directly about technology issues facing your business and the industry at large? Past speakers have included state representatives, senators and the acting chairman of the FTC.

Why Attend the Capitol Hill Visits?

This is your chance to sit down face-to-face in Congressional member offices and talk about your business. If it sounds intimidating, don’t worry! We’ll prep you and accompany you to the meetings so you are able to put your best foot forward.

2019 AGENDA

 

Tuesday, February 5th

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. DC Fly-In Registration & TECNA Briefing on Apprenticeships
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

DC Fly-In Welcome & Introduction

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 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.

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking Break
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Working Lunch: Preparing for Capitol Hill Meetings

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.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 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.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Networking Break
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 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?

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  D.C. Fly-In Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tech Champions Dinner

Wednesday, February 6th

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Capitol Hill Speakers Series:
Capitol Hill Speaker Series generally includes relevant Commissioners (ie, FCC, FTC), key Congressional and Senate Committee Chairs, and senior officials from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP). Past speakers have included: Maureen Ohlhausen, FTC Chairman (Acting), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); Commissioner Julie Brill, Federal Trade Commission; Commissioner Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission; Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA); Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). 
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Massachusetts Congressional Office Visits
(organized by MassTLC) 

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The CompTIA DC Fly-In room rate is $289 per night plus applicable state and local taxes. The cutoff date to receive the discounted CompTIA rate is Monday, January 14, 2019. Remember: The room block may fill up before January 14, so be sure to book your room now. Make a reservation here or call 202-737-1234 and ask for the CompTIA DC Fly-In group rate. Transportation info can be found here.

Interested in Attending?

Please contact sara@masstlc.org for details