Tech & The District » Washington Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Sweets and Tweets Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:24:31 +0000 Lauren Wilson

White walls fluorescent lighting, sculptures and carefully painted pieces mixed with cupcakes as heavy as a paper weight and the most enthusiastic women in technology meant that last night’s Sweets and Tweets: DC’s Most Influential Women in Technology was not your ordinary social media panel discussion. The Hamiltonian Gallery hosted the event, one of many being held during Digital Capital Week.

Are there enough women in technology? Well, we wouldn’t be gathered in an art gallery, tweeting every word, if women were dominating this field. Sadly, only 3% of tech firms are led by women. Debbie Weil, moderator of the discussion asked if we really need a separate list of Women in Technology and the panelists all agreed that a separate list is essential to identifying where women in technology work and what they do.

The panelists also discussed how to advance in this field, the importance of mentorship and a brief mention of other countries that strongly push for women to have a presence in technology. I left the discussion feeling like I wanted more, which is why I’m anxious to have one of the panelists, Katie Stanton, Special Advisor on Innovation at the U.S. State Department and former Google Product Manager, join us in our Hill & Knowlton studios for a video segment on government and technology. Stay tuned!

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Follow Friday-Peter Corbett Fri, 04 Jun 2010 21:41:06 +0000 Lauren Wilson @corbett3000

Happy Friday!

Welcome to June! Are you planning to attend Digital Capital Week? Digital Capital Week is a ten day festival in Washington, DC that focuses on technology, innovation, and digital activities. To get all the latest news out of Digital Capital Week, follow Peter Corbett, co-producer of the week. Events will take place June 11-20 primarily on George Washington’s campus and at a series of venues in the Washington, DC area.

Peter tweets about Digital Capital Week events, technology news, music and art, and all types of entertaining topics.

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On the Agenda Mon, 08 Jun 2009 14:18:11 +0000 Sharla Lane

Away with the rain already. You know what is more of a traffic nuisance than a large group of sight-seeing tourists? A large group of sight-seeing tourists armed with umbrellas! Despite the dark clouds, June is full events that are sure to turn on the light bulb in your head. Along with digital tips and government IT, the H&K tech team is throwing a summer rooftop party of its own, with Spanish cuisine, drinks and lots of fascinating people. Hope to see you there!

·         June 9, 2009- Commercial Cloud Computing June Meetup

·         June 10, 2009- Annual Technology for Government Reception by TechAmerica

·         June 12, 2009- Broadband Competition: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

·         June 16, 2009- DC Area Online News Association Meetup Group

·         June 17, 2009- Hill & Knowlton’s Tech Team rooftop party- please email  to request an invitation

·         June 28 – July 1, 2009- Gartner IT Security Summit

·         June 29, 2009- PR News Webinar: Mastering Employee Communications During an Economic Downturn or Crisis


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Tech in 5: BusinessWeek’s Steve Wildstrom Tue, 05 May 2009 20:36:55 +0000 Sharla Lane While known to some, Washington is home to not only the first digital president but also some fairly passionate Web and technology enthusiasts and writers. Staying true to our mission to help bring the local DC tech scene to life, Tech & The District has launched a new video series to showcase some of our best-known talent. For our premier episode, we thought we’d lead off with one of our favorites: BusinessWeek columnist Steve Wildstrom dishes his perspective on tech trends for ‘09, the role of government in technology, DC tourism and more in this first installment of Tech in 5.

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On the Agenda Wed, 15 Apr 2009 20:27:17 +0000 Sharla Lane

Earth Day is April 22!

Earth Day is April 22!

The cherry blossoms came out, as did the tourists, and the…pillows? Somehow I missed International Pillow Fight Day, but have no fear, you can watch a brief recap here. With all the havoc and traffic downtown, Congress coincidentally took their spring break, leaving the upcoming events a little light on policy until their return on Monday. For now, enjoy a free concert on the Mall for Earth Day, some discussions on innovation in tech and of course, the next Twin Tech meet and greet, which makes for a great happy hour.


·         Ongoing- Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Technology exhibit

·         April 19, 2009- Green apple music festival on the Mall with moe., Los Lobos, DJ Spooky, and more

·         April 21, 2009- Connecting the Clouds Tour 2009- Gain an inside track to the latest Cloud Computing/SaaS solutions

·         April 22, 2009- BIO IT Coalition 8th annual Conference- Will Biotechnology/IT Save the World? The Revolutionary P4 Medicine Approach

·         April 23, 2009- PRSA Maryland Chapter Social Media Series Part I: Twitter and PR

·         April 28, 2009- MIT Enterprise Forum: Identity Management

·         May17-19, 2009- 2009 Government Leadership Summit

·         May 28, 2009- Twin Tech IV- Social meet and greet for the DC tech community

·         May 28-30, 2009- AMA’s Marketing & Public Policy Conference

·         June 3, 2009- Navigating the New Economics of IT hosted by InfoWorld

·         June 17-20, 2009- The 2nd annual .TV Expo- A four day celebration that will educate, entertain, and immerse you in the .TV community

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OMG… Social Tech Comes to State Department with New Innovation Adviser Mon, 06 Apr 2009 22:00:54 +0000 Sharla Lane Although we may not be expecting IRS letters to be sent via text message any time soon, the State Department acknowledged the importance of social networking with a new hire today.


Alec Ross, co-founder of One Economy, a nonprofit bringing technology to underprivileged communities, today assumes his role as senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Formerly serving under top technology adviser Julius Genachowski on the Obama Campaign, Ross is hopeful that tools such as Facebook, text messaging and YouTube can serve a critical role in promoting human rights and vibrant democracies, fostering development and enhancing the impact of smart power.


Currently residing in Baltimore, Md., and with a resume arguably unique to Washington, Ross is expected to bring an innovative approach to the use of technology in advancing the White House agenda.


Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang has more of the story here.

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Week in Events: January 5-11, 2009 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 15:34:00 +0000 Sharla Lane

Welcome to 2009!  We hope everyone enjoyed a great holiday season.


For those of you looking to bring new life to your career in these slow economic conditions, a few organizations around DC are prepping workers for job hunting by hosting a few different networking happy hours. After you’ve expanded your circle of contacts, why not go sing the blues away and cheer on your favorite reporters as they battle it out to be named the Best DC Media Band? Happy New Year from H&K.


·         January 6- Women in Technology “Ready to Work and Wondering Where To Go.” Networking hour

·         January 7- The Digital Road to Recovery: A Stimulus Plan to Create Jobs, Boost Productivity and Revitalize America

·         January 7- American Marketing Association Networking Happy Hour

·         January 8- IABC’s Overcoming the 7 Barriers to Social Media and Word-of-Mouth Marketing Success 

·         January 8- The Advertising Association of Baltimore and The American Marketing Association’s - After Holiday Party

·         January 9- Journopalooza – First Annual Charity Battle of DC Media Bands




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Week in Events: December 15-21, 2008 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 19:24:00 +0000 Sharla Lane No Rudolph, no holiday party and no caroling. This week’s list will give you a break in the holiday routine and make for a more well rounded December. From learning how to use new iPhone applications to being rewarded for knowing outlandish science trivia, there is plenty to keep you busy without having to make several cheese and cracker platters.


o   December 16- Rock Band at Whitlow’s on Wilson

o   Dec ember 17- BIO IT Coalition Holiday Luncheon & Science Quiz

o   December 17- MobileMe Workshop at the Bethesda Apple Store

o   December 17- Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq

o   December 17- First Fridays DC – Professional Networking Series

o   Dec ember18- The Coming Age of the Über-Athlete: What’s So Bad about Gene Enhancement and Doping?

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Week in Events: December 8-14, 2008 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 20:51:00 +0000 duncanburns As H&K DC collects gifts for its Toys for Tots drive, we want to encourage everyone to give this season.  So check out one of this week’s events, which feature opportunities to donate to a number of charities, including Operation Sugarplum, the Tigerlily Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.

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Week in Events: December 1-7, 2008 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 20:18:00 +0000 duncanburns December not only brings plenty of excuses to indulge over holiday treats, but ample opportunity to schmooze with the industry’s biggest names at some of the District’s most popular hot spots.  This week, check out Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli of The Washinton Post, top management from CapitalSource, Chevy Chase Trust and Silicon Valley Bank and Managing Director Emily Callahan of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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