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White House Officials, Cabinet Secretary, Federal Chairmen and Congressional Leaders Join CES 2018 Innovation Policy Track
[December 19, 2017]

White House Officials, Cabinet Secretary, Federal Chairmen and Congressional Leaders Join CES 2018 Innovation Policy Track

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced that more than a dozen of federal government officials - including a cabinet secretary, White House officials, and every member of two federal commissions - will speak at CES® 2018. Among the policymakers delivering remarks or speaking on panels: Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, Federal Trade Commission (FTC (News - Alert)) Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, and many other officials from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

"CES isn't just a can't-miss event for industry leaders, but also for government officials at the intersection of technology and public policy. It is truly a cross-sector phenomenon from which we all benefit," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "The best tech policy discussions and solutions come when the government and the industry are working together. As technology becomes more intuitive, impactful and connected, it is critical to show policymakers how emerging and disruptive technologies make our world and our lives better."

Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2018 will run January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev. More than 4,000 companies exhibited and over 180,000 industry professionals attended CES 2017, including more than 60,000 attendees from outside the United States.

A full listing of all government officials and industry leaders speaking at CES 2018 conference sessions follows:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SuperSession: Insights from the FCC and FTC
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen

Administration's Approach to Innovation and Tech Policy
Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer-White House

The Future of Work for Both Human and Machines
Ned Finkle, Vice President, External Affairs - NVIDIA (News - Alert)
Bridget Karlin, Chief Technology Officer and VP - IBM
Evelyn Ramaley, Deputy Associate Administrator - NTIA

2018 Preview: FCC and FTC Commissioner Roundtable
Opening Remarks: David Redl, Administrator - NTIA
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr
FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Incorporating Drones and Self Driving Vehicles into Communities

Opening Remarks: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Marjorie Dikeman, Global Director and Associate General Counsel, Automated Driving and Internet of Things Policy - Intel (News - Alert)
Ethan Klein, Policy Advisor, Emerging Technologies - Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House
Cory Hunt, Deputy Director - Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
Lorenzo Murzilli, Manager, Innovation and Advanced Technologies - Switzerland's Federal Office of Civil Aviation

Protecting the Internet Economy
Steve Marks, Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel - Recording Industry Association of America
Sasha Moss, Tech Policy Manager - R Street Institute

How Immigrants are Driving Success in Tech
Jon Baselice, Director Immigration Policy - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ximena Hartsock, Co-Founder - Phone2Action
Portia Wu, Director, Workforce Policy - Microsoft (News - Alert)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Taking Stock: A New Year for Drone Innovation
Trevor Bergmann, Chief Executive Officer - AeroVision Canada Inc.
Earl Lawrence, Executive Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office - FAA
Adrienne Lindgren, Manager Economic Policy - Office of Economic Development at Office of Los Angeles Mayer Eric Garcetti
Taylor Mitcham, Chief Drone Ninja - SkyNinja

How States can be Innovation Leaders
Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan

Sustainability Policies in the Tech Industry
Dr. Pekka Hakkarainen, Vice President, Government and Industry Relations - Lutron Electronics
Barnes Johnson, Director of Resource Conservation and Recovery - EPA

Preparing America for Jobs of the Future
Hilary Cain, Director Technology and Innovation Policy - Toyota
Sara Decker, Director, Federal Government Affairs - Walmart
Wynn Coggins, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer - USPTO
Stephen Hartell, Director, US Public Policy - Amazon
David Lewis, President and CEO - Operations Inc.

Sharing Economy: Tech to the Rescue
Casey Aden-Wansbury, Director of Federal Affairs & Engagement - Airbnb
Vikrum Aiyer, Vice President of Global Policy and Strategic Communications - Postmates
Katie Kincaid, Director of Political Partnerships and Engagement - Lyft
Philip Minardi, Director, Policy Communications - Expedia (News - Alert)

Legislative Outlook for Tech in 2018
Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

Take a look at three new areas at CES 2018. High-definition video b-roll from CES is available for easy download on See exclusive photos from the CES show floor, keynotes, conference sessions, events and award ceremonies in the CES photo gallery.

Produced by the Consumer Technology Association, Inside CES 2018 - Trends and Takeaways provides a complete overview of the entirety of CES, including exclusive CTA research and trend analysis not available anywhere else. Ensure you understand the most important trends impacting the tech industry in the year ahead. Learn more and order your copy today.

About CES:

CES® is the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at and on social.

About Consumer Technology Association:

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $321 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.


  • CES Media Days
    January 7-8, 2018, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES Unveiled Las Vegas
    January 7, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES 2018 - Register
    January 9-12, Las Vegas, NV
  • CES Asia 2018
    June 13-15, Shanghai, China

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