CTA Kicks off Tech Week on Capitol Hill
This week, the tech industry will converge on Capitol Hill as the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) hosts its annual CTA Tech Week—a week-long event that features policy and technology discussions and showcases throughout the nation’s capital. This year, CTA Tech Week will focus on touting freedom to innovate initiatives to members of Congress, the DC tech policy community, and press.
CTA said it will also showcase the latest products and services being impacted by today’s top tech policy issues.
CES on the Hill. This event will bring the excitement of CES to members of Congress to provide policymakers the opportunity to interact with the innovators and products at the center of some of the most critical tech policy debates, CTA said. The focus will be on showcasing the innovation pertinent to patent reform, sharing economy, vehicle technology, drones, privacy, trade, IoT, strategic immigration, health and fitness, virtual reality, and more. The event will include 27 exhibitors—among them, DJI, Pandora, and Snapchat—displaying myriad products.
Lobby Day. Perhaps the marquee event of the week, Lobby day is, at the very least, the heart of CTA Tech Week. This is the event that affords CTA members the opportunity to head up to the Hill and meet with policymakers to discuss first-hand the real-world repercussions of major policy initiatives.
Digital Patriots Dinner. CTA will honor Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) with their Innovation Policy Ninja Award and recognize Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Rep Blake Farenthold (R-TX) as Digital Patriot Honorees for their roles in advancing innovation during this event. Also, the association will highlight the results of its second annual Innovation Scorecard, a report that evaluates and ranks state’s innovation-friendly policies. Prior to the dinner, HTC will demo their new HTC Vive, the first commercially available consumer VR system that offers a true room-scale VR experience.
Startup Media Training Workshop and Reception. Cosponsored by the Crystal City Business Improvement District, the afternoon will begin with a workshop, “How to Pitch to the Media…and do it Right,” where startups will learn how to position their company and products for media. This will be followed by a networking reception.