Key events this week

Government information technology reform plans are the hot topic in the District, with two conferences this week set to focus on issues such as cloud computing, social media and cybersecurity.

From Tuesday to Thursday, the FOSE Conference & Exposition — produced by the Falls Church-based 1105 Government Information Group, which publishes federal IT magazines — will bring together 10,000 local, state and federal IT officials and business innovators seeking to sell their ideas, services and products to the government.

At about two dozen sessions, government officials from agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the General Services Administration and the FBI will outline their needs and challenges. Meanwhile, participants are expected to hear from some high-profile speakers from the business world, including entrepreneur Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple; and David McQueeney, vice president of software at IBM Research.

The conference is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW in the District.

Demonstrating the intense interest in this topic, an unrelated session on federal IT reform scheduled on one of the same days — Thursday — sold out. Media company WashingtonExec and IT consulting firm DMI stopped accepting registrations for their Flash Summit Event a few weeks ago. The participants will see demonstrations of the latest technology being developed for the government and hear from a GSA official on federal agencies’ IT reform plans.

Other events of note:


Do you lament forgetting people’s names as soon as you meet them at networking events? The Greater Washington Board of Trade will enlist Joshua Foer, author of “Moonwalking With Einstein,” to offer tips on how to strengthen your memory, at a session starting at 8 a.m. at the Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. NW in the District.

The Rockville Women’s Business Center will offer a Human Resources 101 session outlining numerous aspects of hiring — bringing on contracts, full- and part-time workers, managing payroll, benefits and interviewing candidates. The session is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the center, 95 Monroe St., Rockville.


Arlington Economic Development , as part of its Summer Black Belt Series, will sponsor a training session to help develop the leadership skills of executive directors and board members of nonprofits, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the group’s office at 1100 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 1500 in Arlington.


The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp. will discuss federal procurement opportunities at a session slated to begin at 9 a.m. at the group’s office, 1100 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115A in Largo.


The National Council of La Raza , as part of its annual conference, will hold an Economy Town Hall with U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW in the District.

— V. Dion Haynes