It was a gala night for politicos as the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) hosted its 12th annual Digital Patriots Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.
After a well-dressed and influential crowd from across the consumer technology industry mingled at a cocktail party, it was on to the main event, hosted by CTA President/CEO Gary Shapiro. Former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was honored as an Innovation Policy Ninja. A pair of Congressmen were honored as Digital Patriots: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX). Two governors from business-friendly states were honored with Innovation Champion Awards: Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona.
Shapiro made several references to defeating the scourge of patent trolling, and the centerpieces at the dinner tables had flags that read "Don't Troll on Me."