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DC daily roundup: $14.5M for Treasury services; physical space facilitates invention; Big Tech’s new lobbying tool

Plus, see who from DC is speaking at our May 9 Builders Conference.

Jessie’s Seafood is the last of the fresh seafood sellers at The Wharf in Washington D.C., January 29, 2024. (Technical.ly/Robb Hill)

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NoVa firms win $14.5M US Treasury contract

In a joint venture, DMI and Dynamic Solutions Technology will provide mobility management services to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which is an independent bureau of the Department of the Treasury.

DMI has been managing a contract with the OCC since 2019. DJ Oreb, the company’s president of managed services, told Technical.ly that the joint venture will allow for DMI to build on its existing work while bringing new ideas.

➡️ Get the details on the contract here.

Physical space still matters for invention

Why incentivize tech hubs? Research shows real, physical space still matters for collaboration and invention. The way we work is changing, especially in comparison to before the pandemic.

“Nobody lingers on Zoom,” Tiffany Wilson, the CEO of Philly’s University City Science Center, told Technical.ly. But employers and leaders need to focus on making in-person work environments dynamic, efficient and enjoyable.

➡️ Learn more about how the way we collaborate is changing here.

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Here’s how to avoid getting tricked online any April Fools’ Day. [NPR]

• Speakers for Technical.ly’s 2024 Builders Conference and Signature Event have been announced. [Technical.ly]

• Today’s most effective lobbying is not only wooing members of Congress: Ordinary Americans are now a part of the playbook. Big Tech is at the center of the strategy. [Wall Street Journal]

• Efforts are underway to clear the collapsed Key Bridge. Officials also announced that they are preparing to open an alternate channel. [Washington Post]

• Nominations for Technical.ly’s RealLIST Connectors are now open. This is our yearly series where we track local tech community members who inform others and link people together. Let us know who should be on the DC list. [Technical.ly]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• George Washington University is hosting a forum about the future of technology and AI on April 2. [Details here]

• Baltimore-based, former DC-resident founder Dawn Myers will be appearing on “Shark Tank” on April 5. Celebrate the feature and the relaunch of her company The Mint with a special event in DC that night. [Details here]

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