The picture above is from my attendance at last years DC Fly-In. A few weeks ago, CompTIA hosted the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In – the 7th annual event! In conjunction with the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA), CompTIA welcomed nearly 150 technology executives and business owners representing 27 states to Washington, D.C. for the two-day event on February 13 and 14.
Unfortunately, I had to cancel my attendance at this years event, but wanted to share this comprehensive update, which I received yesterday. The work done at this event is impressive and it does have an impact. Participatory government does work and this event is a critical part of that process.
The following two posts are from last years event:
Every year, CompTIA members and partners attend the DC Fly-In to participate in the Tech Policy Summit, where subject matter experts and thought leaders on a variety of topics shared their insight; the Tech Champion Awards Dinner, where Congressional and industry leaders are recognized for their dedication to innovative tech policies; the Capitol Hill Speakers Series, where members of Congress and the Executive Branch speak to the tech agenda; and the all-important Capitol Hill visits, where members met face-to-fact with their elected representatives and staff to discuss matters of importance to the industry.
Watch the Recap Video:
Following are the initiatives that were discussed during this years Fly-In:
|CHANCE in Tech Act Builds Momentum
During a working lunch we discussed the CHANCE in Tech Act (H.R. 3174 and S. 1518) – legislation that CompTIA worked with allies on Capitol Hill to get introduced in 2017. The legislation was built from meetings and feedback from last year’s DC Fly-In and presents an important opportunity to create a stronger pathway for apprenticeships within the technology sector. In 2018 we would like to get CHANCE in Tech passed into law! Read more.
|Achieving a Skilled America
Current policies inhibit our nation’s ability to find and retain top talent and cultivate a sustainable talent pipeline to achieve a strong 21st century workforce. The “Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieving a Skilled America” panel examined high-skilled immigration reform, improvement to STEM education curriculums, and job training as means to remain competitive and innovative in today’s global economy. Read more.
|Spectrum: The Fuel for 5G and IoT
The demand for wireless data continues to grow due to both new users and new IoT devices connecting every day. This increase in demand will put pressure on regulators and industry alike to find new bands and new technologies to accommodate our connected future. The “Spectrum: Fuel for 5G and IoT” panel delved into spectrum, 5G, the rural/urban divide and how to best support the Internet of Things. Read more.
|Blockchain: What Does the Future Hold?
Blockchains have emerged as possibly one of the next big transformational technologies for government and private industry sectors to use in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to services and transactions. The “Blockchain: What Does the Future Hold” panel discussed security, transparency, and the multipurpose usage aspects of this emerging technology. Read more.
|2018 CompTIA Tech Champions Recognized
Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA-06) and Steve Zylstra, President and CEO, Arizona Technology Council were honored as the 2018 CompTIA Tech Champions. These three individuals have exemplified leadership in the tech sector and have championed policies that advance the country’s IT industry. Read more.
|Capitol Hill Speakers Share Informative Overview of Government Priorities
High-ranking officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Homeland Security provided Fly-In attendees with an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. Topics included the cybersecurity executive order, the Connect America Fund II to distribute broadband, open internet, and innovation and investment. Read more.