TechCongress, a startup nonprofit that provides technology policy advisors to Members of Congress, is holding a virtual event for tech experts interested in joining its 2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program.
The free Office Hours takes place on Zoom from 5 pm – 6 pm EST on Wednesday, January 6.
Participants will get to meet the TechCongress team, alumni, and current fellows, as well as ask them questions about the startup’s 2021 Congressional Innovation Scholars Program.
Speakers at the event are: Maurice Turner, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Majority Staff; Anna Lenhart, House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee; Sohum Pawar, Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI); Katherine Pratt, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA).
Located at DC’s Open Technology Institute at New America, TechCongress works to build connections between the government and the technology community through its Congressional Innovation Fellowship, the Congressional Innovation Scholars program, and the Congressional Digital Service Fellowship.
Computer scientists, engineers, and other technologists may qualify for TechCongress’ programs.
“We bridge the divide of knowledge and experience between DC and Silicon Valley for better outcomes for both,” the nonprofit says on its website, describing itself as “nonpartisan” and adding that it works “with a diverse set of political voices.”
The group states that it has sent over 45 fellows and scholars to Congress since 2016. They took part in the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee report on Big Tech, passing the OPEN Government Data Act into law, leading the investigation into Cambridge Analytica’s data sharing practices, revealing Russia’s targeting Members of Congress on their personal emails and devices, and more.
Their fellows and scholars have served in many offices in Congress, including those of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Oversight Committee.