CTA Digital Patriots Brooks, Jeffries Honored
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) hosted its Digital Patriots Dinner at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. April 17 - an annual recognition program and charitable event designed to celebrate legislators who champion innovation in consumer technology. This year’s honorees were Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and the charities that benefited from the gala were the CTA Foundation, started in 2012 to enable seniors and those with disabilities to connect with life-enhancing technologies, and Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and educate young women in computing skills through school programs, books and clubs.
Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO, referenced Brooks’ work as “a forceful and effective tech advocate, especially on broadband issues,” noting her work as a co-founder of the 5G caucus with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) She is also co-chair of the Women’s High Tech Coalition, which encourages the participation of young women in computer science and STEM programs.
In citing Jeffries, Shapiro noted his frontline fight for patent reform, and his bipartisan partnerships with Republican colleagues to introduce the Patent Litigation and Innovation Act, along with his role as co-chair of the bipartisan Intellectual Property Caucus. Jeffries’ Brooklyn, N.Y. district is noteworthy as the home to startups such as Kickstarter, MakerBot and Etsy.
This event followed CTA’s annual CES on the Hill meet-and-greet educational event geared at schooling legislators about the industry’s most innovative technologies and their practical applications, which occurred the evening before, and which was covered elsewhere on the dealerscope.com site.