Andrew Rasiej, Brad Hargreaves, Julie Samuels, Senator Chuck Schumer, Jake Schwartz, and Derek Parham at General Assembly to discuss patent reform.
Last week, we were pleased to host two events that gave members of the General Assembly community an opportunity to engage with federal policy makers who are focused on promoting entrepreneurship and helping high-tech companies continue to grow and fuel job creation in the United States.
On Friday, we joined with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Engine Advocacy, and New York Tech Meetup, to host an event on patent reform featuring special guest Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, policy wonks and other members of the tech community gathered at GA to hear Senator Schumer talk about his efforts to protect innovation in America through reforming our nation’s outdated system of patent regulation. In his opening remarks, GA Co-Founder and CEO Jake Schwartz tied the issue back to our community, a group of innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs we as a country can’t afford to stifle because outdated laws.
Patent reform event with guest Senator Chuck Schumer of NY; round table with Congressman Tom Marino of PA
Also last week, Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania stopped by GA for a roundtable discussion with a mix of GA staff, alumni, and instructors to learn more about our work. Attendees had an opportunity to raise questions on a diverse range of issues, including higher education reform, tax policy, and intellectual property. Marino, also vocal on the issue of patent reform, was eager to hear from key members of New York’s thriving tech community, and told the group his plans to share their insights with his colleagues in Washington.
One theme that emerged from both discussions is the need for government to harness new ideas and technology to create a smarter, more innovative government for the American people. Here at GA, we are excited to find new ways to bring our educational programming to governments, to help foster digital fluency and entrepreneurial thinking in the public sector. We are also looking forward to taking a more prominent role in the ongoing local and national dialogues with policy makers (check out CEO Jake Schwartz’s recent Open Letter to Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio) on key issues that impact that our community, and the growth of America’s innovation economy.
Liz Elkiss is the Director of Public Policy at General Assembly.