Preparing for the Internet of Things: What Does it Mean?

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But up front: Preparing for the Internet of Things: what does it mean?… what what does it mean for government?

On Wednesday, GovLoop and ConnellyWorks will host a half-day session on the Internet of Things.

First off, if you have only heard about the Internet of Things — and, in fact, you aren’t really sure what it is… join us. But even more importantly, if you have been following it but you’re not sure what it will mean for government and how you should be preparing for the hyper-connected world, join us.

The details:

When: Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 7:30-11:30a

Where: The Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036

More information and registration here.

We have a pretty awesome line-up of speakers from both the public and private sectors:

  • Randy Garrett, the Program Manager of the Information Innovation Office at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

  • Dr. Michael Chui a Partner and Senior Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

We will also have a ‘town hall’ with a host of experts:

  • Steve Fritzinger, Virtualization Alliance Manager, U.S. Public Sector, NetApp

  • Rodney Hite, Product Manager, Big Data Solutions, ViON

  • Dan Kent, Director, US Public Sector Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Systems

  • Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer, Department of Transportation

  • Dr. Joseph Ronzio, Special Advisor to Secretary of Health Information Technology, Veterans Health Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Tiffany Sargent, IoT Senior Solutions Architect, Intel Federal

Some background on the Internet of Things:

And many are thinking about this topic. From today’s Wall Street Journal:

Stanley Black & Decker retools for Internet of Things [The Wall Street Journal] Stanley Black & Decker has outfitted its manufacturing center in Reynosa, Mexico with sensors that spot problems and delays in the production line. While it has encountered a few challenges — more a matter of culture than technology — the company says the effort has led to a significant improvement in production.

I am fascinated by the opportunities — and challenges — that lie ahead. I hope you can join us for the discussion.

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  2. USA Today: Africa summit: Economic hopes high; Ebola casts shadow- “President Obama this week convenes the largest gathering ever of African government officials in Washington in an effort to bolster the U.S. relationship with one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But preparations for the historic summit have been overshadowed by the march of the Ebola virus through West Africa, a health crisis that has claimed more than 700 lives and has international health officials scrambling for solutions.”

  3. Government Executive: Divided House Approves $694M Border Bill, Deportation Measure- “House GOP leaders Friday night finally pushed through passage of border funding legislation and a bill changing deportation policies, a one-chamber messaging approach that in the end may speak louder about lawmakers’ inability to ever write a workable bill that Congress as a whole can pass. The 223-189 adoption of a $694 million supplemental spending measure came mostly along party lines, and only after both it and the second measure demanded by some harder-line members took significant rewriting. Planned votes on earlier versions Thursday had been abruptly scrapped because neither had enough support.”

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  5. Washington Post: Embattled National Archives IG to retire after probe finds misconduct- “The top watchdog for the National Archives is retiring after a costly two-year investigation of allegations of misconduct found that he made insensitive comments about women and racial minorities.Paul Brachfeld said he will retire Aug. 9 after a 35-year federal career. Until recently, he had fought a series of allegations made by an agent on his staff while several inquiries into his conduct were underway. But in June, a report by an independent panel that investigates complaints against inspectors general found that Brachfeld had created a locker-room environment in his office, with sexually suggestive and racially offensive comments.”

  6. Federal News Radio: Agencies end 9-year small business contracting drought- “Small business contractors had a banner year in 2013. For the first time in almost a decade, agencies awarded 23 percent of all available contracts to small firms. The Small Business Administration reported Friday that agencies spent more than $83 billion with small firms out of a possible $355 billion last year. That equaled 23.4 percent of all prime contracts went to small firms. The government hasn’t met its 23 percent goal since 2005, which is why officials from SBA and NASA, and members of Congress celebrated this achievement at the NASA Goddard visitors center in Greenbelt. Maryland.”

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