Summit Agenda

Thursday, July 26, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.


Fairfax Ballroom Foyer

Breakfast sponsored by CACI 

8:00 a.m. – 8:45  a.m.


Fairfax Ballroom

Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, USN, Director, Navy Cybersecurity Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


Fairfax Ballroom

Other Transaction Authority is a hot topic in procurement circles. Find out who, what, where, when and how it is being used to obligate FY18 funds by September 30 and how to position yourself for FY19 opportunities.

  • Meagan Metzger, Founder and CEO, Dcode (Moderator)
  • John Nunziato, SOSSEC Consortium
  • Erik Olbeter, Advisory Board Member, National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL)
  • Charlie McBride, President, C5 Consortium
  • Chris Gorman, Co-Founder and COO, Monkton, Inc.


9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Fairfax Ballroom Foyer

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Fairfax Ballroom  

Gain valuable insight and tips for crafting a persuasive elevator pitch to help you win more business. Venture capitalists and government decision-makers explain what sells them on a small businesses solution.

  • Sarah Djamshidi, President and Managing Partner, SpeedShift Ventures (moderator)
  • Mark Amtower, Managing Partner, Amtower & Company and LinkedIn Black Belt
  • Jennifer Hoover, Deputy Director, Office of Venture and Innovation, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Scott Suhy, Managing Partner, Proof Ventures
  • Jim Hunt, Managing Partner, Lavrock Ventures


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Fairfax Ballroom

James F. Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Fairfax Ballroom Foyer

12:30 p.m..  1:45 p.m.


Winner, Shark Tank #1:
LtAid -- 
Our unique "Point of Light" ground support system has been proven in community organizing and service accountability around the world.  We'll be there with you on the ground to ensure the people in need are getting the services they need.

Winner, Shark Tank #2:
ClearForce -- 
Stress comes to the workplace in the form of a distracted worker making inadvertent mistakes that create risk for the organization, or an employee vulnerable to exploitation from outsiders aware of their issues, or susceptible to commit crimes inside the workplace. ClearForce delivers leading indicators of stress through event-based alerts of employee misconduct and high-risk behavior occurring outside the workplace. It operates with 100% employee consent.

Winner, Shark Tank #3:

Avocado Systems -- Public, private and hybrid cloud application security, compliance company, delivers a distributed & deterministic layer-7 application security platform with integrated security. Compliance services including continuous application discovery, pico-segmentation, threat detection at the lowest possible attack surface, SIEM & ITSM integrations. 


Bill James, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Information & Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs

Lunch Sponsored by Highlight Technologies


1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Fairfax Ballroom Foyer

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Blockchain--How can organizations create closed, more security information networks? Blockchain security and privacy protocols are based on using a cryptographic hash function; its own hash key identifies each block of transactions in the chain. The complexity of the crypto hash function reduces the blockchain’s susceptibility to fraud. Because activities and adversaries in cyberspace grow more numerous and dangerous every day, how can the blockchain approach keep the bad actors out while facilitating a free flow of information?

  • Dan Woolley, Managing Director and Founder, Ponderosa Management Group (moderator)
  • Dr. Shue-Jane Thompson, Vice President and Partner, Cyber Security & Biometrics Global Business Services, IBM Corporation
  • Mussie Haile, Founder and CEO, Revolt Cypher
  • Jeremy Waldstreicher, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young

Fairfax Ballroom 

The New Space Revolution--How is the government leveraging the commercial space market? Small business is helping fuel explosive growth in the dynamic commercial space marketplace. Can the trend toward small satellites operating in low Earth orbit present the next frontier for small business and government engagement?

  • Karen L. Jones, Senior Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation, Center for Space Policy & Strategy (moderator)
  • Chris DeMay, CTO and Founder, HawkEye 360
  • Brian Delamater, Executive Director, Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC)
  • Gregory Black, Senior GEOINT Authority, Commercial Imagery & Services, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • Melanie Corcoran, Chief Technology Officer, Ursa Space Systems

Ash Grove Ballroom A

5G-- 5G technology companies are promising to change the way networks will be used with super-fast wireless wire-speed mobile networks. By traveling in the super high frequency range, 5G promises to deliver data 100 times faster with latency rates in the 1 millisecond range, but walls and windows could be barriers. How will the government take advantage of what 5G has to offer and address the issues it could bring with it?

  • Randy Siegel, Founder & Principal at Center Circle Consultants
  • Mark DeVol, Federal Account Director, DoD/Civilian Agencies, Nokia
  • Leonard Chin, Global Technology Office, AT&T Global Business--Public Sector Solutions
  • Randy Clark, Verizon
  • John (Rick) Walsh, Program Manager for Mobile, Chief Technology Innovations, Network Enterprise Services Directorate, Office of the CIO, Army

Ash Grove Ballroom C

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


Fairfax Ballroom Foyer

3:15 p.m.  4:15  p.m.


Artificial Intelligence-- AI is the ability for the machine to recognize patterns that the human cannot. Its development was guided by the observation that people are able to come to conclusions without having hard and fast rules and can, instead, build up collections of evidence. Human intelligence can be described as the ability to connect dots of information; AI simply adds more dots.

  • Emily K. Fontaine, IBM Global Business Services, Cognitive and Advanced Analytics Practice
  • Lauren Knausenberger, Director, Cyberspace Innovation (SAF/CIO A6), United States Air Force
  • Kevin Kalmbach, Data Center Architect, Hitachi 
  • Capt. Michael J Kanaan, USAF AF-A2

Fairfax Ballroom 

Zero Trust Networks--How will the government respond to this latest threat vector?  Zero Trust Networks or Software-Defined Perimeter is a security concept centered on the belief that organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside their perimeters and instead must verify anything and everything trying to connect to their systems before granting access. It calls for enterprises to leverage micro-segmentation and granular perimeter enforcement based on users, their locations and other data to determine whether to trust a user, machine or application seeking access to a particular part of the enterprise.

  • Gary C. Wang, former DCIO/G-6 at HQ Dept of Army (moderator)
  • Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill, USAF (Ret.), President, Cyxtera 
  • David M. Mihelcic, Head of Federal Strategy and Technology, Juniper Networks
  • David Leitzel, Director Consulting Engineer--Americas, Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
  • Peter Romness, Cybersecurity Programs Lead, US Public Sector CTO Office, Cisco
  • Randy Clark, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Ash Grove Ballroom A

Agile Dev/Ops--How are federal agencies using DevOps to redefine software innovation?  How can agencies employ agile processes to improve acquisition and deliver cutting-edge technologies to their workforces faster? Rapid delivery through continuous delivery is one-way government organizations are addressing the current problem of equipping their workforces with too-little, too-late technology advances. Small businesses are agile by nature, and new processes could facilitate their innovations into this tech-hungry marketplace faster. What roadblocks stand in the way of agility in the government's acquisition processes and practices?

  • Tom Love, CEO, ShouldersCorp (moderator)
  • Rusty Pickens, Principal, 580 Strategies
  • Marc Jones, VP, CAST Software and Director (vol) of the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ)
  • Dr. Kenneth Nidiffer, Director, Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Carnegie Mellon University

Ash Grove Ballroom C

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Fairfax Ballroom 

Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), President and CEO, AFCEA International


Fairfax Ballroom Foyer

Networking PLUS!

Apply lessons learned during the Skills Workshop and present your elevator pitch to the speakers and other select guests. This is not your typical speed-dating, these are real decisions-makers providing honest, constructive feedback, suggestions, or next steps. Companies with a table reserved in the Fairfax Ballroom for business-to-business conversations: Amtower & Company, CACI, DHS Innovation, Veterans Affairs, SpeedShift Ventures, ASSYST, Petascale Computing, Agilious.

Bring your sales/marketing team or fly solo. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now!































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