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Washington, D.C., is consistently ranked as one of America’s top tech cities and it has one of the most diverse tech workforces. Smartasset ranked the DC region #1 for women in technology. Furthermore, women in the District hold over 40% of tech jobs and earn roughly the same average income as men. 

The Washington, DC metro area is also home for the majority of US Federal Government agencies as well as technology focused defense sector companies Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman.

Some of the biggest names in technology, tech. consulting, and a growing number of SaaS startup companies in cybersecurity, cloud and data center operations, and AI/ML also call this area home. Amazon’s HQ2 is just outside the DC border in Arlington, Virginia, and AWS, Microsoft, Oracle, and Google also have a large presence in the DC area.   

The Federal Government is increasingly looking to partner with the private sector for innovative IT solutions, products, and internal services. This partnership enables government agencies to integrate innovative technology solutions needed to achieve federal agency missions. Private sector benefits financially from the high-dollar value government contracts, and in many ways, serves critical roles in supporting federal policy, national defense, cybersecurity, and intelligence missions. This public-private partnership is essential to the success of Federal missions and to private industry. 

The combination of US Government agencies, major tech companies, and a highly-educated workforce make the Washington, D.C. area an ideal location for AWIP’s next chapter and to expand its mission of advancing more women and underrepresented groups to attain leadership roles in product and technology.

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DC Chapter

Billion Dollar Industry: Building Technology for the U.S. Government


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Did you know that building tech products for the US government is now a $100 billion industry annually?


Did you know that building tech products for the US government is now a $100 billion industry annually? In this kick-off panel for the AWIP DC Chapter, executive leaders from the Intelligence Community in Washington, DC will explore public-private partnerships, successful approaches to building federal products, data management, and visions for future technologies.