DC Startup Week and Booz Allen Hamilton are celebrating local innovation with this daylong event - Technical.ly DC


Sep. 5, 2019 3:05 pm

DC Startup Week and Booz Allen Hamilton are celebrating local innovation with this daylong event

The event on Monday, Sept. 9, will highlight DMV-area entrepreneurs and feature a startup pitch competition.
Talking innovation at DC Startup Week.

Talking innovation at DC Startup Week.

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Full disclosure: Technical.ly is serving as a media partner for DC Startup Week, which provided input on this article.

DC Startup Week, the annual gathering of the startup community in the D.C. area, will see a daylong celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton on Monday, Sept. 9.

The day will be packed full of sessions celebrating innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, and is taking place at Booz Allen’s D.C. Innovation Center.

“DC Startup Week is thrilled to have Booz Allen Hamilton on board as a major supporter this year and hosting a full day of programming at their Innovation Center will give Startup Week attendees a one-stop conference experience that showcases the very best of what the D.C. innovation community has to offer,” said Rachel Koretsky, lead organizer of DC Startup Week.

Designed to ignite solutions through collaboration and interdisciplinary engagement, the management and IT consulting firm’s Innovation Centers are designed to combine the best thinking from startups, commercial industry, academia and government to build original solutions and add new value.

“Through the Innovation Center, Booz Allen is already a keystone of the D.C. startup community, offering a fantastic venue for growing companies and entrepreneurs to meet, work and learn from each other as they grow the next generation of big ideas,” Koretsky said.

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See the full schedule here. Here are some of the highlights (with descriptions provided by DC Startup Week):


CL(AI)m You Future: AI’s Inevitable Impact 

Technology is constantly changing the way in which we interact, see and evolve as a society. Hear from leading technologists and founders on how the emergence of AI could create and solve problems for us in the future.

  • Moderator: Ayana Christie, lead incubation strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 8:30 a.m.

Founder’s Pitch & Lunch

D.C. was recently ranked as the world’s top market for entrepreneurial talent. During the lunch hour, select founders will be able to give a brief pitch about their company and products.

  • Speaker: Amelia Friedman, serial entrepreneur
  • 11:20 a.m.

Accelerating Innovation to Market Through the VC Lens

The panel will describe how the VCs and serial entrepreneurs are helping to bring innovation to market. The audience will hear from local investors and entrepreneurs on what they are seeing as investable businesses, gaps in the market, and opportunities the startup world and government should pay attention to.

  • Moderator: Brian McCarthy, managing director at the Innovation Center at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 1:30 p.m.

Tech For Good, Connecting Corporate Values to Community Causes

Changing the world is no easy lift, but every day more and more businesses are embracing opportunities to connect more deeply and more authentically to the communities they serve through volunteer-based initiatives and public policy alignment. Join us for an intimate opportunity to hear from corporate, philanthropic and government disrupters, on how leveraging technology, heightened social awareness and pure human capital, is driving greater impact locally.

  • Moderator: Ayris T. Scales, chief service officer of Serve DC
  • 4:30 p.m.

How to change the world through innovation, diversity, and venture capital

This session will cap the day with a fireside chat featuring Susan Penfield, chief innovation officer at Booz Allen; Marlene Aquino, VP and chief diversity officer at Booz Allen; and Duane McKnight of the DC Inclusive Innovation FundTechnology has the ability to make changes in local and global communities. Join for a conversation on the importance of using technology for a public purpose and the ways that it can make positively have a social impact.

  • Moderator: Marlene Aquino, VP and chief diversity officer at Booz Allen
  • 6:30 p.m.

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