Hacking the Hackers

While we did not include cybersecurity in our list of key trends for 2017, it is a topic that we know will remain front and center in the government market. 2015 was a year that brought data breaches into the mainstream and the trend continued to escalate in 2016 with Government Technology declaring 2016 the Year of the Hack.

The security issues of the past year were more than just data breaches. The attacks were motivated far beyond black market payments for personal data. They were aimed at disrupting business and government alike--some were even declared acts of terrorism. What makes this even more challenging, is anyone with a mobile device and a bit of know-how can hack just about anything.

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U.S. Mayors Gathering in D.C. Ahead of Trump Inauguration

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Before the well-wishers and protesters of President-elect Donald Trump descend on the nation's capital later this week, America's mayors will convene the 85th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Tuesday through Thursday, the organization will host over 300 mayors at the Capital Hilton, near the White House.

The full list of pre-registered mayors are available on the conference's website.

The organization announced Monday evening that Vice President-elect Mike Pence would speak at their gathering on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations – the Past and Present

Every four years Washington gets to shine as host of one of the most meaningful events for democracies world-wide - the Presidential Inauguration. The first Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC, took place in 1801 with the swearing in of Thomas Jefferson. After his second inauguration, Jefferson rode on horseback from the Capitol to the President's House "amid music and a spontaneous gathering of mechanics from the nearby Navy Yard." This spontaneous celebration was the birth of the inaugural parade.

Today's inaugurations are, of course, much less impromptu. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (made up of members of both parties from the House of Representatives and the Senate) and the Presidential Inaugural Committee have been planning the event for months. Planning for building the platform in front of the Capitol takes one year alone. In addition to logistics, these groups must raise funds to cover a portion of the estimated $175 to 200 million price tag for the events. The largest line items in the overall budget are security, transportation, and clean-up efforts.

Private companies also work to make sure logistics are seamless for this massive event. Verizon announced they will increase their" data network capacity by 500% on January 20th to accommodate the large crowd's bandwidth needs and to ensure first responders are supported. Continue reading

Intelligent Phones Will Change The Event Industry

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A phone that can think, see, feel and interact with the outside world may be closer than we think. Here we attempt to look into the mind-blowing possibilities this presents for event professionals.

A Look To The Future: At CES (Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas) this year, one of the most interesting things for us wasn't the technology being displayed in the myriad shiny stands but what is just a few years down the road. In particular, what we're talking about here is the "intelligent phone" concept described by Huawei's CEO, Richard Yu. Continue reading

A Real Look at Virtual Events

It's been a little over a year since we last looked at the state of virtual events. Since that post, streaming has become more mainstream with the launch of Facebook Live. The rise in mobile device usage and access to high bandwidth connections has fueled the viability of video in recent months. Its popularity -- and power -- is growing at an amazing rate thanks in part to Google and Facebook's efforts to promote video through prioritizing it in their algorithms.

While every virtual event does not require video (many audio and slide-driven webinars are very valuable and popular), it is a dynamic way to hold the attention of virtual attendees. It also serves to broaden the reach of live events to an online audience.

In 2016, the Super Bowl, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and the debates were live streamed creating a second venue for people to watch and interact online. While the Federal events we list on GovEvents are nowhere near the scope of those events, there is a real need and opportunity for virtual events in the federal market. Continue reading