The Northern Virginia Technology Council is to hold a panel discussion Tuesday on “BYOD: Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Disaster?”

Allowing employees to use their own tablets, smartphones, laptops and other devices provides a productivity opportunity for businesses, but it also creates challenges for IT departments when it comes to data and access security.

Discussing those challenges and opportunities will be Neil Anderson, director of systems architecture at Cisco, and Aaron Mathes, deputy secretary of technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Paul Sweeting, principal at GigaOM, will be the moderator.

The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. $45 for members, $75 for everyone else.

Other events of note
Tuesday, Jan. 29

The Greater Washington Board of Trade plays host to Dan Pink, author of “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others,” who is to speak about the art and science of selling. The event begins at 8 a.m. in the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $75 for members, $100 for everyone else.

The Center for Innovative Technology is holding a workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant programs. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Arlington County Economic Development offices at 1100 N. Glebe Rd., 15th floor, Arlington. $50 to $200.

The Rockville Women’s Business Center is hosting a workshop on “YouTube Marketing and Your Business.” The event begins at 10 a.m. at the RWBC’s offices at 95 Monroe St., Rockville. $25.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is holding an “Insights Into Contracting Luncheon,” with Rudy Burwell of Burwell Group and Ken Brody of David, Brody & Dondershine presenting a seminar on teaming up with others and subcontracting in the federal contracting market. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 1763 Fountain Dr., Reston. $15 for members, $30 for everyone else.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Accountant Charles Coker is to give a presentation on “Aware and Beware: Understand the New Tax Codes” at a West End Business Association event. It begins at 8 a.m. at the Washington Suites Alexandria, 100 S. Reynolds St., Alexandria. $10 for members, $20 for everyone else.

Mohammad Akhter, chairman of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, is to speak about the health benefit exchange during the D.C. Chamber of Commerce’s “Morning Fix” event. It begins at 8:30 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 506 9th St. NW. $30.

Dick Davies, president of Sales Lab, is to speak about “How to Make More and Better Sales Right Away” during the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Roundtable. The events begins at 11:45 a.m. at the chamber’s offices at 4600 Fairfax Dr., Suite 804. Free.

— Shawn Selby