It’s the height of Presidential election season and you know what that means: an endless stream of inane campaign ads centered around themes about as relevant to one’s Presidential timber as the candidates’ average bowling score. And with barbs flying it is easy to forget that there are policy issues of tremendous importance to the Greater Washington community (and nation as a whole of course). One area of particular interest to executives and the area workforce is each candidate’s technology strategy and views on the role technology will play in fostering innovation and preserving and improving U.S. competitiveness.
Little has been covered in the press on Sen. Obama’s technology strategy, which is why the Oct. 28 Potomac Officer’s Club (POC) event at the Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner featuring Virginia Governor Tim Kaine and LaunchBox Digital co-founder Julius Genachowski (an advisor to the Obama campaign) is sure to be informative and provocative for those who attend.
The pair will discuss how a potential Obama Administration would approach technology policy challenges and initiatives, with Genachowski focusing on the Obama campaign’s vision for a newly-created Chief Technology Officer and role technology has played empowering millions of Americans during this election cycle. Gov. Kaine will discuss Virginia’s role as the first state in the country to appoint a Secretary of Technology and its relevance as part of a broader performance management strategy.
There are a number of key technology policy issues that will fall to the next President, including: how to protect the openness of the Internet and net neutrality, pushing high speed Internet into parts of the country that broadband has not reached, how technology can be used for energy efficiency and independence, strategies to create a tech-savvy workforce and improve U.S. competitiveness, and of course the time honored passing of the torch tradition that will require Obama staffers to re-insert all of the “B” buttons removed from the computer keyboards by the outgoing Administration.
The event will take place on Wednesday, October 28th from 11:30am – 1:30pm at Ritz Carlton, Tyson’s Corner, Salon 1. Those interested in registering can click here.