Collaborate Preview Event

Open Data: The Next $3 Trillion Industry
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
October 16, 2014 
6:30pm to 9:30pm 

Join us on October 16th for a special invite-only preview event of Collaborate. Taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, innovators in both the public and private sectors will have a chance to experience our Collaborate Forum format first-hand, while meeting and connecting with entrepreneurs of all types.

Hosted by ABC/WJLA-TV Washington Business Report Lead Anchor Rebecca Cooper, the event will feature a discussion with high profile experts about how making data (particularly government data) more open and accessible to all will create entire new business segments, adding as much as three trillion dollars a year in economic value. They will explore the opportunities this new industry will create for entrepreneurs, both inside the Beltway and beyond.

Following the forum will be a startup showcase of the area's most innovative young companies using open data. Drinks and small bites will be provided throughout the evening.

Please note: Tickets for the full Collaborate conference will be available starting October 17. Applying for an invite to the Preview event will guarantee you get the first opportunity to purchase tickets at the lowest possible price. 


6:30pm to 7:30pm - Canapés & Cocktails
7:30pm to 7:45pm - Opening Remarks
7:45pm to 8:30pm - Collaborate Forum
8:30pm to 9:30pm - Startup Showcase

This event is free to attend, but space is very limited. If you would like to join us, please request an invitation.

Preview Event Speakers

Event Host - Rebecca Cooper

Lead Anchor, Washington Business Report, ABC7 / WJLA-TV

ABC7/WJLA-TV News reporter and WASHINGTON BUSINESS REPORT anchor Rebecca Cooper has been based in Washington for the last three decades, covering the world of politics, national security and finance from the White House, Capitol Hill and the major federal agencies. 

She is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Peabody, DuPont, Murrow, Cable Ace and Emmy awards. Rebecca returned to public service, during her tenure as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson


Forum Speaker - Ben Balter

Government Evangelist, Github

Ben Balter is a Government Evangelist at GitHub — the world’s largest software development network — where he leads the efforts to encourage adoption of open source philosophies, making all levels of government better, one repository at a time.

Named one of the top 25 most influential people in government and technology and described by the US Chief Technology Officer as one of “the baddest of the badass innovators,” and by the White House Director of Digital Strategy as “lightning in a bottle.”


Forum Speaker - Jeanne Holm Evangelist, GSA and Chief Knowledge Architect, NASA JPL

As the Evangelist for Data.Gov, Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. ( is a flagship open government initiative for the Obama Administration, managed by GSA.)

Jeanne is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, ontologies, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal ( She is also a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics.

Forum Speaker - Shawn DuBravac

Chief Economist and Sr. Director of Research, CEA

Dr. Shawn DuBravac is the chief economist and senior director of research for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®). DuBravac provides crucial economic analysis to association and industry leaders regarding future economic activity and the relative health of the technology industry.

He also contributes research into technology trends that underpin the industry and was the primary driver of the industry’s new smartphone index, developed in partnership with NASDAQ, and the CE consumer confidence index, in partnership with CNET.  His analysis has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, Barron’s, USA Today, CNN, CNBC and other media outlets.

Special Guest Speaker - Renata Maziarz

Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service.

As a member of the newly established Data Transparency Office at Fiscal Service, Renata’s portfolio includes improving, the Federal Government’s primary spending transparency website, as well as developing the long-term strategy for improving government-wide financial management data transparency.  Renata is passionate about building a more open, accountable, and participatory government by implementing innovative solutions that enable data-driven decision making.

Prior to joining the Treasury, Renata worked at Brown Brothers Harriman in the international corporate actions operations area. Renata holds a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


Startup Showcase Companies




Located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center is in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington, DC’s finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.

1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004



The Federal Triangle Station (Silver, Orange & Blue Lines) is located on-site, and is connected to the building by covered passageway.


The Metro Center Station (Red Line) is located just two blocks away.

Navy Memorial/Archives Station (Green & Yellow Lines) is 2.5 blocks away on Pennsylvania Ave.



Public parking is available in the Trade Center’s 2,000 space underground garage, open 24 hours a day.

Evenings weekday rate is $13
(enter after 5:00 p.m., exit by 3:00 a.m.)

Access is available via 14th Street (north and south) and 13½ Street (off Pennsylvania Ave.) Please note that upon entry to the garage your vehicle will be screened - plan accordingly.


This event is free to attend but space is very limited. If you would like to join us, please request an invitation.