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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Patent Chart: Get a Patent Treasure Map and Learn About Patents

The Patent Chart: Get a Patent Treasure Map and Learn About Patents Work by Fighting an Underwater Sea Kracken

Yes, that's right, come to our interactive presentation where you can learn about patents by loading up your submarine and fighting an underwater sea kraken.

As you figure out your go-to market strategy, protecting your idea is important. We’ve developed a simple flowchart to help entrepreneurs examine whether or not they should file for a patent. Join Dr. Eric Leininger, registered patent agent and CEO of PatentDive, for a fun and fast info session on patents and startups. At the end of the session you can take the Patent Chart Treasure Map home with you.

In this session, entrepreneurs will learn:

Why patents are important for their businesses

The types of US patents and what they protect

What is a patent claim and how do patent work

Common pitfalls when getting a patent and how to navigate around them

BizDevOps: A Business-First Approach to DevOps

DevOps is a cultural shift aimed to streamline inter-group communication and improve operational efficiency for development and operations groups. Over time, inclusion of other IT groups under the DevOps umbrella became the norm for a lot of organizations. But even with broadening the boundaries of the definition, the DevOps conversations has been largely devoid of talk about business units’ place at the table.

One of the more common mistakes companies can make while going through the DevOps transformation is to draw a line for cross department inclusion at IT. If that occurs - a bigger, more inclusive, silo within the company is created, operating in an informational vacuum, often causing operational efficiencies and goal misalignment.

The goal for any tech-centric group is not to build and/or architect the best technology, but rather to effectively support business. Yet, many technical groups are either not privy, or don't bother to understanding the business goals and overarching effects of the technical decisions made.

This talk draws from decades of my own experience working on both sides of the fence, and covers key areas and feedback points in every DevOps process fit for inclusion of business units in order to align technology decision and business goals. Some of the topics covered will include:
- inclusion business units in existing agile processes
- benefits of cross-departmental monitoring
- business-first approach to technology decisions

Friday, September 15, 2017

Youth Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion and Networking Event

For the last day of DC Startup week, we’re hosting an event for the young and aspiring entrepreneurs of DC. Come learn the mindsets of entrepreneurs and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. We will be featuring established entrepreneurs from DC to share their story and what it took to get them where they are in life in a panel discussion and networking session. Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to the panel live. Join us for the end of DC Startup Week with light food, inspiring entrepreneurs, and big ideas.