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Just a Few Spots Left for Free ANSI Event: Open Source, Open Standards, Open Minds


Over 100 Already Registered for April 15 Event in Washington, DC

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will hold a free conference, Open Source, Open Standards, Open Minds, on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, DC.

Over 100 people have already registered to attend and hear from 15 distinguished speakers about open source and its impact on the standards community. To join them, see the agenda and registration details at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available - a valuable opportunity to get in front of an engaged and informed audience.

The event will be hosted by ANSI, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, in partnership with American University and the George Washington University Law School.

McCoy Smith, patent, intellectual property, and open source attorney at Intel, will give the keynote address. Three interactive panel sessions will follow.

During the first panel, "Industry Impact," panelists will describe how open source is already influencing the direction of their products, systems, and services.

The second panel, "The Right Tool for the Job: Traditional Standards, Open Source, and Hybridization," will feature panelists who are working effectively within both the traditional and open source environments.

The final panel, "IPR Policies and the Business of Standardization," will address how intellectual property rights policies and business models have been impacted by the open source environment.

Panelists and moderators will represent (in alphabetical order):

  • Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

  • Gesmer Updegrove LLP

  • Google

  • Intel

  • Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

  • Microsoft


  • Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF)

  • Qualcomm Incorporated

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

  • W3C

  • Zeineddin PLLC

The event is free, and all interested stakeholders including those from standards developers, consortia, government, industry, business, consumer groups, and academia are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives, insights, and expertise.

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About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).


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