Future of Wine & Technology Virtual Event

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June 4, 2020 FREE Online

Just how much has the pandemic changed the way we, um drink…. wink? Here’s an opportunity to up your wine education while dipping in to the tech-side of the wine business. All while enjoying a glass, or two.

June 4th’s panel on Back 2 Biz will focus on wine & technology — examining how the wine industry is “ripe” with technical disruption. We’ll explore issues affecting the customer-facing / demand-side of the wine business — including how technology is moving the sales, distribution, accounting, and education of the grape online and into the cloud. We’ll discuss how technology and analytic tools transform massive volumes of environmental sensor data into crop management decisions. And we’ll look at our changing climatic conditions and how wine entrepreneurs combat known weather conditions and the more recent extreme conditions.

Join us Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT for those West) for a live conversation moderated by Chris Parker with

  • David Ebert | Co-Founder, VinSense
  • Chris Parker | Co-Founder, Virginia Wine & Spirits Academy, the premier Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
  • Geni Whitehouse | CPA / CITP / CSPM Napa Valley; Instructor, WISE Academy (Wine Industry Sales Education)

Bring your favorite glass of wine or beverage and enjoy the conversation!

Back 2 Biz is a series of engaging and interactive conversations examining how tech, entrepreneurship and innovation can improve our lives during — and will bring businesses back (safely) — after the pandemic. Sessions are live and free to register. On-demand access will be available to all registrants.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
6:00 pm  |  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)  |  1 hr

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Quantum Computing in DC: Event Summary

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We thank our knowledgeable speakers, our generous event host Foley & Lardner, our gracious volunteers, and most of all our fabulous attendees for making this a successful event.

Our speakers have shared their slide decks. They may be downloaded from the links below.


Michael Brett
SVP of Applications at Rigetti Computing
PowerPoint Slides
(.pptx 14MB)
Joseph Broz, Ph.D.
Vice President SRI International and Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium
(.pdf 0.6MB)
Bo Ewald
President & CEO at ColdQuanta, Inc.
PowerPoint Slides
(.pptx, 76MB)

Quantum Computing in DC

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MITEF DC is hosting *the* Quantum Computing discussion event that impacts our Next Gen workforce. We have a stellar round table of CEO and founder speakers from Rigetti Computing, IonQ, ColdQuanta and the Quantum Economic Development Consortium. We’ll discuss founder success stories, the real opportunity for entrepreneurs in quantum and focus on how we ready the next generation of programmers, business leaders and emerging growth companies for commercial quantum.


Michael Brett | SVP of Applications at Rigetti Computing

Joseph Broz, Ph.D. | Vice President SRI International -and- Executive Director and Governing Board Chairman, The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C)

Bo Ewald | President & CEO at ColdQuanta, Inc.

Chris Monroe, Ph.D | Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at IonQ

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6-9:30pm

Where: Foley & Lardner, Washington Harbor, 3000 K Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC. 20007-5109

Cost: $45 for general public admission. Discounted tickets for MITEF DC members.

Tickets Now on Sale! Seating is limited so buy your ticket now.

A special thanks to our event sponsor.

Foley & Lardner LLP

Talk To Me Conversational Voice AI: Redefining the Customer Experience

A new channel has emerged: Conversational Voice AI, which some say will become as integral to our lives as the wheel and electricity. Voice AIs like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant converse with us daily and can even detect our emotions and health conditions from the sound of our voice. Conversational Voice AI creates a powerful Customer Experience (CX), new business opportunities, and public policy challenges.

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MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore invites you to meet with successful local investors and entrepreneurs that are creating conversational voice AI solutions in the private and public sector.

When: Tuesday, October 22nd from 6:30-9:30pm

Where: Crystal City VA Accelspace (2611 Richmond Hwy, 3rd Floor)

What:  Come meet DC’s own investors and entrepreneurs that are creating and monetizing conversational voice AI solutions now.

Cost: $30 (Includes food & beverages)

RSVP Here: https:/ /www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-to-me-conversational-voice-ai-in-business-public-sector-tickets-73207649049

Investing Locally

XAPPmedia enables brands and media to connect with consumers through interactive voice technologies. Bespoken is a leader in automated testing & monitoring that makes testing voice apps 10X faster and deeper. A local investor and founder of both startups will share his perspective on conversational AI and the challenges that his two local start-ups have faced.

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Government Opportunities

International Business Panel

MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore is supporting DC Startup week.

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Members are invited to attend a free happy hour featuring networking and panel discussion on international business.

When: September 12, 2019 from 5:30pm until 8:00pm
Where: Le DeSales 1725 Desales St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Event Link: https://accelspace.com/doing-business-internationally-panel-happy-hour/

An experienced panel of international business experts will discuss opportunities and challenges of conducting international business, especially in France and Europe. This broad ranging discussion will also cover governmental and cultural implications. Please bring your questions for the panel.

Hospitality and refreshments are provided by Le DeSales restaurant.

International Networking Locally!

MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore is working with the French American Chamber of Commerce to create a fun, networking event. Come network with fellow Francophiles, French VIPs, diplomats, and business professionals in the wonderful Maison Française at the French Embassy.

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Are you a Francophile? Or a business-minded person? Or simply a professional who enjoys a nice Happy Hour in one of the most beautiful Embassies in Washington? Then this event is for you! And of course, no need to speak French. Unless you want to!

  • French Dessert Buffet
  • Open Bar featuring French wines and beers
  • Dress Code: Business, Business Casual or Cocktail Attire
  • This is at the French Embassy: 100% ID check on entering

MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore members will be paying the same price as FACC members for this event. Please check your email for the member discount code. Not a member? Not too late to join.

When September 6th, 2019 7:00 PM through 10:00 PM
Location French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
United States
Contact Phone: (202) 640-1806
Email: denis.chazelle@faccwdc.org
Fees $49 non-members ; $35 – members, check your email for discount code
Event Linkhttps://www.faccwdc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=168
Register Linkhttps://www.faccwdc.org/civicrm/event/register?id=168&reset=1

DC Startup Week Sep. 9-13

MIT Enterprise Forum Washington DC & Baltimore is proud to partner with DC Startup Week.

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DC Startup Week (DCSW) is the fastest-growing startup community in the DMV region with over 6,000 entrepreneurs. Once a year, we bring together our expansive community over 5-days to connect, collaborate, share resources and celebrate our thriving ecosystem. Throughout the year, we strengthen our united community by curating inclusive, thought-provoking, and meaningful events and partnerships.

This year DC Startup Week is in Washington, D.C. from Monday, September 9, 2019, 8:00 AM to Friday, September 13, 2019, 8:00 PM.

  • This is no charge for this event.
  • Meet fellow founders, entrepreneurs, developers and investors in casual venues to talk shop, share code and make plans
  • Be part of a culture that celebrates sharing and learning from one another
  • Learn from incredibly smart entrepreneurs and experienced mentors
  • Network with the entire DC startup community and interact with startup teams and hiring managers in meaningful and impactful ways

To learn more, visit www.DCstartupweek.org

To register, use this Eventbrite link, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-startup-week-2019-tickets-60100700814.