Imagine Nation - ELC 2018

Philadelphia, PA | October 14-17 2018

Join us to collaborate and bring forward new innovations that will drive further advances in IT modernization, design the blueprint for tomorrow’s workforce, create new business models that take advantage of emerging technologies and fortify our nation’s data networks to achieve enterprise resilience.

Three days in Philadelphia will change how government and industry work together.  For the people.  By the people.  IMAGINE NATION - ELC 2018.

Hosted by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC)

Industry Member Registration Fee:  $1,895.00
(no caps on attendees from the same company)

Government Standard Fee:  $695.00 per attendee
Government Group Discount (4 or more):  $495.00 per attendee

(Hotel rooms are available in the room block; details provided after registration.)

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Innovating foR mission delivery

Imagine one place and time where government and industry come together on neutral ground and stand united in the collaborative pursuit of the greater good.

This year, ELC has been truly reimagined featuring a larger and open conference space, with a Partner Pavilion, TechKnow Showcase, and a Center Stage - in addition to traditional Tracks and Sessions.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception for Early Arrivals (Maggiano's, 1201 Filbert St.)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Immersive Training on Technical and Professional Development Topics

Unique courses led by experts in their field.  Receive up to eight (8) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).  Training courses can be added as part of conference registration or separately.

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9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Golf Outing at River Winds Golf & Tennis Club

Registration and Light Continental Breakfast at 7:30 am; Shotgun start at 9 am.  View more details

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Excursions (Food Tour, Historical Tour, and Scavenger Hunt)
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Located in the Showcase area.

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Welcome Dinner/Keynote

Monday, October 15, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 10:00 am
Welcome Keynote
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
TechKnow Showcase and Partner Pavilion
10:15 am to 5:15 pm
Center Stage Talks
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch/ Awards/Partner Graduation
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Networking TechCrawl Event

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
7:30 am to 8:30 am
Government to Government Breakfast

Government employees are invited to a dialogue about important management issues, challenges, and opportunities facing government today. Join this discussion, moderated by NASA CIO Renee Wynn and SBA CIO Maria Roat, to hear what your peers have to say, offer your perspective, and gain valuable insights you can take back and use in your agency.

Attendance is open to any government employee.

8:30 am to 10:00 am
Welcome Keynote/OFPP Awards
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
TechKnow Showcase and Partner Pavilion
10:15 am to 5:15 pm
Center Stage Talks
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Networking Lunch - TechKnow Showcase and Partner Pavilion
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
6:00 pm to 8:15 pm
8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Networking Celebration Event

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:30 am to 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 9:30 am
CXO Roundtable
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Plenary Session
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Government to Government Session



Center Stage

Compelling presentations throughout the day on forward-leaning topics of wide interest, including:

Cybersecurity - 

  • TIC-TOC: A New Approach to Trusted Internet Connections in the Cloud
  • Moving From the Hunted to the Hunters in Cybersecurity
  • Face-Off: Should IT Contractors Doing Business with the Government Carry Cyber Insurance:  Whose Liability is It?
  • Automated Security Authorizations Can Unclog ATO Backlogs
  • Quantum Computing Will Break Cryptology – and We Won’t Care

Emerging Technology - 

  • Avoiding Bias in AI and Machine Learning: Possibilities/ Bad Actors?
  • Face-Off: Blockchain – Ready for Prime Time in Government?
  • VR and Augmented Reality: Training for USDA Food Safety Inspection Service
  • IOT in Action: DOI Drone Program for Emergency Response

Healthcare - 

  • Using Emerging Technologies to Battle the Opioid Epidemic
  • 100 Years after the 1918 Flu Pandemic: How Technologies Are helping Prevent the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Fusing Technology & Business Leadership - 

  • Culture Can Eat Innovation for Lunch:  Creating a Recipe for Success

Digital Government/Modernization - 

  • Intelligent Personal Assistants for Government; Alex, Hal, Emma, Siri: Ready for Voice User Interface in the WorkPlace?

Training Day


Introducing a day of training to kick off Imagine Nation - ELC 2018!  Receive up to eight (8) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).

Sunday morning and afternoon will offer options for immersive training, led by experts in their field.

Separate training fee applies and registration is required.  Space is limited so select your training course early.


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Training courses offered:

Strategic Thinking and Management

  • Next-Generation Customer Experience
  • Managing Up, Down, and Across:  Working Successfully with Managers and Peers
  • Leveraging 'Strategic4Sight' to Assess the Technology Landscape of the Future
  • Design Thinking for Agile Problem-solving: A Hands-on Workshop
  • Change Management - A Rational Approach to Managing the Irrational


Hot Technology Topics

  • Auditable Agility:  How to be Responsive and Regulated
  • Blockchain Training for Government & Business Professionals:  An Overview and Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity Essentials for Government and Industry Leaders
  • Introduction to Cyber Warfare: The application of DOD Cyber Warfare Strategies to the Civilian Marketspace
  • DevOps Simulation – Breaking Down Silos and Getting Work Done


Emerging Trends & Innovative Practices

  • Strengths-Based Winning in Federal Contracting
  • A Deep Dive into NASA SEWP's Acquisition Tips, Tools, and Innovation

Partner Pavilion

Travel, Hotel, Networking & Excursions

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