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POLITICO Editor-in-Chief John Harris Shares Insights About Election’s Impact on Technology Community at TechCelebration

Last night, NVTC's TechCelebration lived up to its reputation as the networking event of the year as members of the Northern Virginia technology community joined Virginia state officials and federal and state legislators for an extraordinary evening. The event featured a keynote speech by POLITICO Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder John Harris, introduced by Elaine Marion, CFO of ePlus, and included check presentations to the Equal Footing Foundation (EFF), NVTC’s charitable arm.

During his remarks, Harris provided an analysis of last week’s elections and discussed the implications of the new power landscape for President Obama and Congress. He also shared his thoughts on the impending “fiscal cliff” and provided insights on how the election outcome and leadership changes will affect technology businesses in our region, including impending policy debates on immigration, cybersecurity, telecommunications and online privacy.

POLITICO Editor-in-Chief John Harris addressing the technology community at TechCelebration.
POLITICO Editor-in-Chief John Harris addressing the technology community at TechCelebration.

Also during the program, EFF Chair Ellen Harrison highlighted some of EFF’s programs and NVTC presented two donations to the Foundation. NVTC Golf Committee Chair Brent D’Agostino of AH&T Insurance presented a $40,000 donation raised at this year’s tournament in October. NVTC Board Member Evan Weisel and Christy Pittman of Welz & Weisel Communications, organizers of the Run! Geek! Run! 8k, presented a $21,000 donation raised from this year’s race in September. During the event, attendees participated in a raffle to win either four tickets to the 2013 AT&T National Golf Tournament or a one-night stay (up to four rooms) at The Club at Creighton Farms with unlimited golf for four people! The raffle raised an additional $4,800 for the EFF.

Donation presentation to the Equal Footing Foundation. Featured (L-R): D’Agostino, Weisel, Pittman, Harrison, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions.
Donation presentation to the Equal Footing Foundation. Featured (L-R): D’Agostino, Weisel, Pittman, Harrison, NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, and NVTC Chair Brad Antle of Salient Federal Solutions.

In addition, Sherry Covell, vice president of intel programs at Harris IT Services, honored the finalists and announced the winners of the 2012 NVTC/Washington Technology Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards. These awards recognize chief technology officers within the region's government contracting community for their critical contributions to achieving results for their customers and their leadership within their own companies.

This year's small company winner is Brian Stygar, CTO of Kore Federal, and large company winner is Yogesh Khanna, vice president and CTO for CSC’s North American Public Sector.

(L-R) 2012 Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards winners: Brian Stygar of Kore Federal and Yogesh Khanna of CSC.
(L-R) 2012 Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards winners: Brian Stygar of Kore Federal and Yogesh Khanna of CSC.

Congratulations to all Government Contractor CTO Innovator Awards finalists:

Small Company Finalists:
Michael King
, Halfaker and Associates
William Maguire, IntelliDyne
Branko Primetica, eGlobalTech
Brian Stygar, Kore Federal (winner)

Large Company Finalists:
Michael Brown
, comScore
Yogesh Khanna, CSC (winner)
Jason O’Connor, Lockheed Martin IS&GS
Vishal Sikka, SAP



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