2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Presented by: Dell

The New Battleground: States and Tech Policy

Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Omni Downtown
Capital Ballroom
700 San Jacinto Blvd

With a stalled federal tech agenda, states are becoming incubators for policies that foster tech, startups, and the New Economy. How does that reconcile with activity at the federal and local levels? This panel of state experts explore how innovative approaches are handled by state governments and provide insight on what innovators and entrepreneurs can and should do to educate and influence the process.

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Caroline Joiner

Exec Dir


Caroline Joiner serves as Executive Director for TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives. Joiner has more than a decade of experience i...

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Cristina Garcia


California State Assembly

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia was elected to the state Assembly in November 2012 and re-elected in 2014, representing California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bel...

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James Grant


State of Florida

John A. Grant, Jr., father, Florida House of Representatives, 1980-1986, Florida Senate, 1986-2000, Executive Director's Office of The Statewide Public Guardianship, U.S. Department of Education Gr...

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Jay Obernolte

Asst Republican Leader of Innovation & the New Economy

California State Assembly

Jay Obernolte has over 25 years of private sector experience as one of the nation’s leading high-tech innovators and has served as a public servant for nearly a decade. His unique background led t...

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