Making plans for Digital Capital Week

By Steven Overly
Monday, June 14, 2010

The Washington tech convention that began Friday night isn't exactly conventional.

Digital Capital Week offers a dynamic and often overlapping mix of information sessions, informal gatherings known as "unconferences" and socials, a schedule that event co-producer and iStrategyLabs founder Peter Corbett said is more conducive to creativity than a traditional workweek.

Scores of events were created to appeal to technologists, communicators, government workers, artists and entrepreneurs -- key members of what Corbett calls the area's "innovation community."

Capital Business spoke with one attendee from each constituency to see how they plan to tackle the week. A full list of sessions and socials can be found at

Technologists {vbar} Zvi Band

A freelance web developer and founder of Web design firm skeevisArts, Band aims to unveil his second start-up, a service called Structo that allows clients to build Web applications faster, during DCWeek. He chose events that help garner attention for his business and connect him with other area technologists.

-- H Street Pop-up Lab, a place for attendees to collaborate on projects and ideas; all week; 13th and H streets NE

-- Ignite DC, a rapid-fire forum for five-minute idea or project pitches; Wednesday, June 16; Town Danceboutique

-- Tech cocktail, a showcase of tech start-ups and achievements in a social setting; Thursday June 17; Lux Lounge

-- Digital Garage, a conference within the week focused on technology, design and business; Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19; United Methodist Church Conference Facility

Communicators {vbar} Mark Drapeau

Among Drapeau's many roles within Washington's technology community, he serves as director of innovative social engagement for Microsoft's U.S. public sector division. He also has "one of the largest Twitter followings in town," Corbett said. You'll find him at events that bring national technology conversations to the local level.

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