Interactive Opportunities Abound at ASAE’s technology exploration conference

At the upcoming Technology Exploration Conference (TEC) Powered by ASAE, attendees will experience interactive opportunities designed to help move their organizations forward.

New hands-on tech-training seminars, industry demos, partner breakfasts and learning sessions from industry professionals will be central to the sessions being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Dec. 3-4, 2019.

Wired magazine editor Nicholas Thompson.

To kick-off the event, attendees will learn how the evolving technology landscape can impact the future of the association industry. Opening keynote, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and Sherrell Dorsey, founder and CEO of ThePLUG, will delve into how self-driving cars, blockchain, the Internet of Things and other variables will change the economy as we know it.

Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and former editor of, will present the second day’s keynote. Thompson will share his experiences from Wired, as well as ethical developments as they unfold in Silicon Valley. He will also address how the world’s dominant tech corporations interact with citizens, help write policy and exert power over government and citizens.

Now in its fourth year, Fail Fest will once again close out the event on Wednesday afternoon. Fail Fest is a fast-paced interactive session that celebrates mistakes and mishaps, but most importantly provides a chance to recognize failure as a key component to innovation, growth, and improvement. The audience will be asked to vote for the most epic fail and the winner will be named Fail Fest Champion 2019.

In addition to the keynotes, attendees can choose from over 30 sessions, as they network and interact with more than 125 companies in the exhibit hall.

TEC attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in four additional educational programs happening before and during TEC: Digital Convergence, Technical Project Management, a Women Executives Forum on retaining human dignity in a technology-driven work force, and a new addition called Next, Now!

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