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ANSI Members: Only Two Weeks Remain to Register for Spring Forum Meetings


Today Is the Final Day to Reserve Discounted Hotel Rooms for the Event

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) wishes to remind prospective participants that registration for its annual spring member meetings will close on Friday, March 29, 2013. The four days of meetings - which include the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC) meeting, the Company Member Forum (CMF) meeting, the Joint Member Forum (JMF) meeting, and the Organizational Member Forum (OMF) meeting - provide opportunities for ANSI members and representatives of U.S. professional societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and academia to engage with significant issues in standardization and conformance.

This year's JMF will focus on issues related to smart cities under the theme of "Making Smart Cities Smarter with Standards and Conformance." The event will include discussion of various smart cities initiatives in the U.S. and abroad, as well as on topics related to smart cities standards. Speakers will include Jacques Lair, chairman of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 268, Sustainable development in communities, and Keshav Varma, the sector director for the World Bank's urban water and disaster management sector unit, among others.

Other highly anticipated features of the spring member meetings include an update from Jack McDougle, senior vice president of the Council on Competitiveness, and discussions on emerging strategic standards issues led by CMF chair Dr. John Kulick of Siemens and CMF vice chair Dr. Richard Forselius, PE, of United Technology Corporation. During the OMF meeting, participants will be invited to take part in a discussion on long term business strategies for standard sales, and will hear a presentation on the value of systems and their importance to standards and mission activities from John A. Thomas, the CEO and president of John A. Thomas & Associates LLC, and president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), followed by a related discussion.

To register for any of the spring member meetings, click here.

All meetings will be held at the Sheraton Crystal City (1800 Jefferson Davis Highway) in Arlington, Virginia, except where otherwise noted. The full schedule of meetings is as follows:

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

  • IPRPC meeting
    Consumer Electronics Association (1919 South Eads Street, Arlington, Virginia)
    9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • CMF meeting
    9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Member Luncheon
    12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • JMF meeting
    1:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
  • Member Reception
    5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 5, 2013

In connection with the meetings, a room block has been created for Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4, allowing registered participants to reserve rooms at the rate of $199 per night, plus tax. All reservations must be made by today, Wednesday, March 13, 2013; room availability and the discounted rate cannot be guaranteed for any reservations made after this date. To make a reservation, click here or call 1-888-627-8209 and mention ANSI. For more information about the room block, please contact Stephanie Carroll, ANSI's meeting and events manager, at [email protected].

About the IPRPC
The IPRPC - an ANSI policy committee that reports to the Executive Committee of the ANSI Board of Directors - is responsible for developing Institute positions on issues relating to the incorporation of essential patents and other proprietary intellectual property in national, regional, or international standards, among other related duties.

About the CMF
The CMF serves as a venue for ANSI members representing the full spectrum of U.S. industry to examine issues related to national and global standards, as well as conformity assessment developments. The forum allows industry members an opportunity to collectively shape and influence U.S. policy in the domestic and international arena, while also bolstering cross-industry networking and alliances.

About the JMF
The JMF provides an open forum for all ANSI members to discuss and engage with important issues confronting the standardization and conformance communities.

About the OMF
The OMF serves as a venue for U.S. professional societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and representatives of academia to come together to examine issues related to national, regional, and international standards, as well as issues of interest related to conformity assessment.


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