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PacTech hosts U.S. Rep. Suzan Del Bene for Internet of Things roundtable discussion

PacTech recently hosted U.S. Representative Suzan Del Bene for a roundtable discussion with local tech, civic and business community leaders at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Our discussion centered on the emergence of the “Internet of Things,” (sometimes called IoT) and featured three local companies that are becoming leaders in the space: IoT Technology Systems, Buddy and Kymeta.

As often happens during these discussions, the topic of conversation quickly turned to public policy. Rep. Del Bene is a co-chair of the Congressional IoT Caucus and emphasized that “policy must encourage innovation.” Rep. Del Bene is uniquely equipped to develop that policy, as her career before Congress was as an executive at Microsoft, where she worked on an early iteration of IoT technology.

Rep. Del Bene was correct in saying that, “Technology is moving quickly. Policy is not moving nearly as quickly.” At PacTech, we work hard to educate policymakers about the needs of the tech community, and educate technology leaders about the impact that policy can have on their businesses. Those that live and work in Washington State are lucky to have the advocacy of a seasoned and experienced technology professional like Rep. Del Bene in Washington, D.C.

For a more detailed recap of the event, see this additional coverage:


Puget Sound Business Journal

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Categories Blog | Tags: | Posted on August 11, 2016

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