STEM Festival & Soiree in Celebration of the
Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Week 

When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20068


Theme: Innovation for All: Boosting American Prosperity by Creating a Vibrant Ecosystem of Women, African American, and Hispanic Innovators

Concept: Inspired by the annual South by Southwest Technology Conference and Festival (SXSW), the STEM4US! Tech Festival & Soiree brings together technology executives, government officials, venture capital firms, and other professionals.  Enjoy food, beverages, networking, and some of the hottest technology and innovators in the nation during the 44th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.  The conference brings more 10,000+ African-American political leaders nationwide.

Forum onTechnology + Media + Race/Gender = Challenge or Opportunity, How Do We Innovate an End to All Fergusons?: During this event, we will host a panel discussion to highlight the tragic events in Ferguson, MO. We plan to explore how tech, media, and even health science companies can help our nation utilize its racial and gender diversity as a strategic opportunity, versus a latent source of division.  We have invited leaders from the Information Technology Industry Council, Motion Pictures Association of America, and award-winning actress Jada Pinkett-Smith to join in this timely discussion.  Hopefully, this conversation will serve as a spark for a $3 trillion private-industry sponsored fund to remedy the impact of past biases and prevent future Ferguson tragedies.

Honorary Event Host Committee (to date)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) (Co-chair, Ranking Member of House Science & Technology Committee)
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) (Co-chair)
‎Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray‎ (D)
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)

Sponsors, Exhibitors (to date): Pepco; Edison Electric Institute; George Mason University Gaming & Technology Academy; Prince Georges County Human Rights Commission; SCI Ventures; STEM4US!; TEC Relations; TEC Law Group; 1776; BRIC, Inc.; and EB Media Group

Speakers (to date): Thomas A. Reed, Director, FCC,‎ Office of Communications‎ Business Opportunities‎; Honorable LaDoris “Dot” Harris, Director, Department of Energy, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity; D. Michael Lyles, Executive Director, The Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission; and Tony Thomas, Venture Capitalist, SCI Ventures.

Preliminary Event Overview  

6:00pm-9pm: STEM Exhibitors Showcase
6:00pm-7:30pm: Registration & Networking
7:30pm-7:40pm: Welcoming Remarks from STEM4US!, Pepco & Members of Congress
7:40pm-7:45pm: Remarks by Department of Energy Representative
7:45pm-7:50pm: Recognition of Exhibitors & Presentation of Awards to Sponsors
7:50pm-8:30pm: Forum: “Technology + Media + Race/Gender = Challenge or Opportunity”
8:30pm-9pm: Networking
9:00pm: Event End

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