Wednesday, Oct. 26, The New CIOs: Their Evolving Role and Effect on the Purchase of IT Products and Services. If you develop, manage, or sell information technology products or service, the chief information officer of your target customer may be influential in the decision to buy your product. Three successful chief information officers will address their role.

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Rainfield Group, Conference Center Lower Level, 2070 Chain Bridge Rd., Vienna. Sponsor: Northern Virginia Technology Council and Rainfield Group. Cost: member, $35; non-member, $70; walk-in member, $45; walk-in non-member, $80. Contact: 703-904-7878 Ext. 250. Event Web site:

Thursday, Oct. 27, Tech Council of Maryland's Fall Networking Gala. Networking event for technology professionals in and around Prince Georges County.

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Inn and Conference Center at UMUC, 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi. Sponsor: Tech Council of Maryland Cost: member, $60; member plus, $40; non-member, $95. Contact: Jim Lawson, Event Web site:

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