Business and Educational Events around Washington, D.C.


TEDxPennQuarter at the Newseum – July 11, 2010

TEDxPennQuarter is a local, independently organized event in downtown Washington, DC that strives to re-create the distinctive experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At its core, the fundamental goal of TED is to foster and spread great ideas. At TEDxPennQuarter, we aim to provide a platform where the smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries, and most fascinating innovators will have the opportunity to inspire others, as well as be inspired. The conference will be held at the Newseum on Sunday, July 11, 2010 and will be centered around the theme: REINVENTION. Speakers will tackle REINVENTION around a myriad of topics including business, technology, social media, entertainment, design, sports and even cocktails. We will also host an Innovation Lounge where you can interact with music producers, artists, software designers, poets and videographers while they are producing work for the show. More information, visit here.

Cybersecurity Symposium, 2nd Annual – July 8

2nd Annual Conference will focus on the new U.S. Cyber Command – its partners, its relationships, its dependencies, its policies, & its reach. USCYBERCOM will need to interface with the 5 Uniformed Military Services, the UCCs/COCOMs, DHS, other Civilian Agencies, Industry, etc. Conference attendees will be present as discussions of these interrelationships unfold & the framework for collaboration begins to emerge. Don’t miss keynotes & briefs from the White House, CYBERCOM J5, Asst SecDef for Cyber, DHS CS&C, DHS NPPD, NORTHCOM, NATO, Energy, NSA, MARFORCYBER, ARFORCYBER, 24th AF, 10th Fleet, USCG Cyber, & EUCOM. Panels on Cyber Attack Scenarios, Public Private Partnerships, & the Stand-up of CYBERCOM. Send inquiries to events@afceadc.org

Ninth Annual Hot Topics in Patent Law Symposium

George Mason University School of Law presents the Ninth Annual Symposium on Hot Topics in Patent Law, co-sponsored by Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. The symposium will take place on July 20, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA. This annual symposium covers a wide range of contemporary topics surrounding patent law in the U.S. This year’s confirmed speakers include: Hon. Sharon Prost, Judge Michael R. Fleming, Chief Administrative Patent Judge at the USPTO, John J. Doll, former Director of the USPTO, and more. Registration is $350 per person (if registered before June 28) made payable to Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. U.S. Government employees, law students, and George Mason University School of Law alumni receive a discounted rate. For more information or to register, click here. Send inquiries to event@bannerwitcoff.com

2010 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security

With technical assistance from the US DHS S&T Directorate, the tenth annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (IEEE HST ’10) will focus on innovative technologies for deterring and preventing attacks, protecting critical infrastructure and individuals, and mitigating damage and expediting recovery. Submissions are desired in the broad areas of critical infrastructure and key resources protection (CIKR), border protection and monitoring, and disaster recovery and response, with application within about five years. The paper abstract submission deadline is May 15, 2010. This conference brings together innovators from leading universities, research laboratories, Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, small businesses, system integrators, and the end user community and provides a forum to discuss ideas, concepts, and experimental results. Stakeholders continue to include federal, state, local, tribal, and private sector organizations. Finally, several key government speakers have accepted our offer to present, including the Honorable Howard A. Schmidt, Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator and Dr. Starnes E. Walker, Director of Research S&T Directorate, US DHS. November 8 -10, 2010. For more details, visit the conference web site

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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