Aspen Tech Policy Hub Demo Day to Showcase Policy Research, Feature Former US CTO Megan Smith

October 7, 2019

Aspen Institute to Host Event on October 10th at Washington, DC Headquarters

Media Contacts:
John Perrino

Jon Purves
The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, October 7, 2019 — The Aspen Tech Policy Hub, a West Coast policy incubator training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs, will showcase research by its first group of fellows along with a keynote by shift7 founder and former U.S. CTO Megan Smith on Thursday, October 10, at 4 p.m. Aspen Institute President and CEO Dan Porterfield will introduce the event.

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub D.C. Demo Day will highlight research by the Aspen Institute program’s inaugural class of fellows, a distinguished group of tech entrepreneurs, engineers, data scientists and researchers developing outside-the-box policy solutions at the intersection of technology and society.

The fellows will demonstrate new tools and technologies on the California Consumer Privacy Act, rhetoric in the technology industry, post-election audits in North Carolina, democratically editable policymaking, effects of the Florida School Safety Portal, programmatic advertising and women in technology.


  • Amina Asim, Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Sean Ahrens, Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Steven Buccini, Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Aloni Cohen, Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Betsy Cooper, Founding Director, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Erica Greene, Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
  • Elizabeth Ruiz, Fellow, Aspen Tech Policy Hub
  • Megan Smith, Founder and CEO, shift7; former U.S. CTO
  • Ora Tanner, Fellow Aspen Tech Policy Hub

WHAT: Aspen Tech Policy Hub D.C. Demo Day

WHEN: Thursday, October 10; 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

The Aspen Institute, 2300 N Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: Media who are interested in attending must contact John Perrino at

The Aspen Tech Policy Hub is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs. We take tech experts, teach them the policy process through an in-residence fellowship program in the Bay Area, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y-Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. For more information, please visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit


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