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Synergies and Shared Interests in Standards: WSW Conference Brings Broader Community Together to Address Cross-Cutting Challenges


Join the Session on October 11

In today’s complex standards landscape, traditional standards developing organizations and consortia alike are facing common, cross-cutting issues—including an ever-quickening pace of change in critical and emerging technologies, an increasing level of politicization of standards and related processes, and the need to attract and upskill the future standards workforce.

On October 11, join representatives from across the standardization community – including ANSI-accredited standards developers, consortia, and other fora – to exchange best practices and identify opportunities to address common challenges and priorities. [REGISTER HERE]

With keynotes from Andy Updegrove, partner, Gesmer Updegrove LLP and Nigel Cory, associate director of trade policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Synergies and Shared Interests in Standards will feature insights from prominent voices across the standardization community. Access the agenda for the full line-up of speakers. The conference format will offer robust opportunity for audience engagement and collaboration.

Panel 1: Getting the Job Done: Standards Development in a Changing Landscape  
Standards organizations have limited resources and ­depend on member involvement. At the same time, new technologies are creating both opportunities and challenges—including calls for standards to be developed faster, while maintaining the integrity of the process. With increasing pressures on bottom lines and competition from other open collaboration activities, such as open-source projects, developing standards amid this changing landscape can be challenging. Discussion topics will include increasing the speed and agility of standards development, training standards professionals and creating a talent pipeline, and the impact of open source on standards development.

Panel 2: Politicization of Standards Development 
Recently, standards development has found itself in the center of political debate amid growing trade tensions. National standards strategies have begun to proliferate, the EU has limited participation in some development activities to EU-headquartered companies, and U.S. legislators have submitted bills calling for “democratic values in standards organizations.” All of which puts standards developers in a delicate place. Through interactive discussions, this session will explore how the standards community can navigate these complicated times, and what needs to be done to assure that the global standards infrastructure that has served so well for more than a hundred years can be protected. 

Register for the session, to be held in conjunction with the ANSI Annual Business Meeting Luncheon.

The hybrid event is open to all and free of charge, but advance registration is required. Join in person at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC, or virtually via Zoom.

More about World Standards Week 2023!

World Standards Week (WSW) 2023 will be held on October 10-12 in Washington, DC, with hybrid options available for all daytime events. A premier annual gathering, WSW brings together ANSI members and diverse private- and public-sector stakeholders from across the standardization communities for topical discussions and special events in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration.

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