The Challenge Festival Startup Government Day

April 30, 2014

4:47 pm

Since last fall we’ve been covering the international Challenge Cup competition as they toured the globe in search of startups focused on health, education, energy, and smart cities. Today 1776 released their latest announcement – details around the Challenge Festival’s Startup Government Day presented by CEA on Friday, May 16.

According to 1776, the Startup Government Conference will feature speakers from all levels of government—city to federal—and the startup leaders who work with them. We’ve seen firsthand how new technologies and startups are challenging policymakers across the country as communities fight for Uber and other innovative companies to compete in their local marketplace. We’re in an era where startups, technologists and governments must have open lines of communication and work together to advance and improve society.

Here are some details about the Startup Government Day:

Where & When: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St NW, 10:00am EST

Chris Dorobek of GovLoop will serve as the event’s emcee, exploring what the public-private process looks like. How can government officials celebrate and foster startups to help our economy? What issues worry startups?

10:30 a.m. Effective Innovation Policies to Bolster Entrepreneurs & Enable New Markets

Speakers will look at the current legislative landscape and discuss what policies can be implemented at the federal level. Moderated by Washington Post’s Brian Fung, panelists include policy experts who will kick off and set the tone for the day.


Moderator: Brian Fung, The Washington Post
Noah Phillips, Chief Counsel, Senator John Cornyn (R – Tex.)
Doug Rand, Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Paul Nagle, Chief Counsel, Representative Lee Terry (R – Neb.)

11:30 a.m. Coming to a City Near You? How Startups Choose Where to Expand

Startups are increasingly examining the regulatory landscape when deciding where to expand next. This session will drill down to what makes one city an attractive market and what discourages entrepreneurs from another city. Panelists are a cast of experts, startups and officials who tackle these very questions daily.


Moderator: David Zipper, Managing Director, 1776 Ventures
Jennifer Bradley, Fellow and Senior Advisor, The Brookings Institution
Rachel Holt, Regional General Manager, East Coast, Uber
Mayor Vincent Gray, Washington, D.C.
Jake Schwartz, CEO, General Assembly

1:00 p.m.  How Cities Can Grow Their Startup Ecosystems

Speakers will address specific strategies for municipalities to foster and aid entrepreneurs. Topics include density of resources and attracting capital.


Scott Case, Cofounder & CEO, Main Street Genome
Donna Harris, Cofounder, 1776

Final Session:  What Government Agencies Can Learn from Startups

Various levels of government will discuss how they can partner with, as well as use methodologies, techniques and new products, from startups.

Moderator: Brandon Pollak, Director of Global Affairs, 1776
Dan Tangherlini, Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Cathy Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
Julie Disandro, ‎Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Closing Keynote: Aneesh Chopra

Chopra will discuss his past experience as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States and his new book, “Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government,” to wrap up some of the key lessons through Startup Government Day!

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Jen Consalvo is the Cofounder and COO of Tech.Co. She previously worked in product development for almost 13 years at AOL for audiences of millions. Follow her on Twitter at: @noreaster.

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