Emerging Tech for Social Change


U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Room North
Washington DC, 20515

25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900
Washington DC, 20001

Join us on Thursday, May 2 for Emerging Tech for Social Change, our 8th annual conference on emerging technologies and policy, building on the success of Emerging Tech DC and 3D/DC.

Panel Discussions

Emerging Tech for Social Change will continue to address four topic areas including 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the internet of things. This year we will center voices at the margins so we can better understand what policies need to be in place so we can ensure technology is used for social good. We hope this will serve as an opportunity for members of Congress and their staffs, public interest organizations, and industry leaders to learn from each other and collaborate on finding policy solutions that will positively impact marginalized communities.

Showcase and Reception

Following our day-long panel discussions, we invite participants to our reception at Google where various creators will display their applications of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and the internet of the things. This will serve as an opportunity to engage with technologists about the ways in which their creations can be used for social good.



9:30 am: Doors open for coffee and tea at Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Room North

10:00 am: Opening remarks by Alisa Valentin (Communications Justice Fellow, Public Knowledge and Director of Emerging Tech for Social Change) (@AlisaValentin)

10:15 am: Remarks by Congressman Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano)

10:30 am: Emerging Privacy and Security Threats In Consumer IoT: Protecting Consumers To Drive Social Change


Megan Stifel, Global Cyber Alliance (Moderator) (@MeganStifel)

Adam Sedgewich, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Amelia Estwick, National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (@DrCyberACE)

Harley Geiger, Rapid 7 (@HarleyGeiger)

11:30 am: Remarks by Virginia Lam Abrams of Starry (@virginialamNYC) (@StarryInternet)

11:40 am: 3D Printing for Social Good


Chris Lewis, Public Knowledge (Moderator) (@ChrisJ_Lewis)

Richard Brown, 3D Connected Printing

Davide Prete, University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Sergio Picozzi, The Catholic University of America

Maria Esquela, e-NABLE

12:40 pm: Break for Lunch in Capitol Visitor Center

1:40 pm: Sponsorship Highlights

1:45 pm: Remarks by Dr. Morgan Kirby, Norfolk State University (@MorganDK09)

1:55 pm: Award Presentation - Jaylin Paschal, Howard University (@creativelbrtn)

2:00 p.m.: Remarks by Lindsey Parker, Chief Technology Officer of Washington, DC 

2:10 pm: Ensuring Equity: Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Data Privacy, and Communities of Color


Yosef Getachew, Common Cause (Moderator) (@ygetachew2)

Sean Perryman, Internet Association (@SeanPerryman3)

Mutale Nkonde, Data & Society (@Mutalenkonde)

Francella Ochillo, National Hispanic Media Coalition (@FranOchillo)

Leonard Bruce, Gila River Indian Community

Gabrielle Rejouis, Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law(@gabriellexgem)

3:10 pm: Remarks by Charmion Kinder, Discovery Education (@CharmionKinder)

3:20 pm: Building Community through Virtual Reality


Lindsay Stern, Public Knowledge (Moderator) (@Lstern_PK)

Russell Ladson, Drop (@RussellLadson)

Kathy Bisbee, Brookline Interactive Group and Public VR Lab

Hall Davidson, Discovery Education (@HallDavidson)

4:20 pm: Closing Remarks: Alisa Valentin, Public Knowledge (@AlisaValentin)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Showcase and Reception at Google DC, located at 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900

Watch the conference live at publicknowledge.org/livestream. Share and follow this event on social media using #TechForChange. Contact alisa@publicknowledge.org with inquiries. 

Logo by Jaylin Paschal

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