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By Nick Wakeman

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Are you part of the commercial tech revolution?

Our Washington Technology Power Breakfast in February was a packed house and I expect the same for the one we are planning for March 20.

The focus is on how commercial technologies are being used in the government in ways we’ve never really seen before.

The event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with networking and breakfast, then the program starts at 8 a.m. Everything wraps up by 11 a.m.

We’ll have executives from some of the leading companies such as Deloitte, Leidos and Lockheed Martin describing how they are tracking the latest and greatest commercial technologies and how they are using them to gain an edge in this very competitive market.

Kicking the morning off is Dan Helfrich, the government and public services leader for Deloitte. I’ll be interviewing him in a fireside chat format.

For a preview of our discussion listen to my Project 38 podcast with Helfrich. We discussed how the new technologies such as the cloud, blockchain, and artificial intelligence are upending traditional IT models.

This will be a great opportunity to listen to his viewpoint and ask him some questions. Don’t be afraid to challenge him.

Senior Staff Writer Ross Wilkers will also conduct a one-on-one interview with Chris Moran, vice president and executive director of Lockheed Martin Ventures. His organization inside Lockheed Martin is responsible for finding companies with promising technologies that can solve some of the most vexing problems in the government market.

We’ll also have two other panels. One will focus on how traditional government contractors are embracing commercial technology. Tony Gentry, chief technology officer for Leidos’ civil group, is on board. We should have two more panelists confirmed shortly.

The other panel will explore the question from the technology company's perspective. We’ll have Matt Rattigan from Carahsoft, who bridges the divide between commercial vendors and the federal market. Joining him is Frank Dimina, vice president of Splunk public sector. A third panelist should be confirmed this week.

With this line up we are building I think we’ll foster a great discussion on how commercial technologies are re-shaping the market and bringing new capabilities and solutions to contractors and government customers.

Click here for more information on the event.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on Mar 04, 2019 at 12:12 PM


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