Fairfax Cohosts Innovation Discourse on Autonomous Systems, AI and Self Driving Cars


Nov. 29, 2016

News Highlights

  • First Innovation Dialogue is on Dec. 7, 2016, at 5 p.m. at the George Mason University Arts and Design Building, 1042 York River Road, Fairfax, Fairfax.
  • The free event is open to everyone.

Self-driving cars, synthetic biology, 3D printing, and AI. How will the technology of tomorrow affect our economy, our communities and our families?

These topics are the focus for discussion at the first Innovation Dialogue on Dec. 7, 2016. As a member of the Innovation Coalition, Fairfax County is cohosting this ongoing discussion series that centers on innovative new ideas that will change how we live, work and play.

The free event is open to everyone, and it will be held at from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the George Mason Arts and Design Building, 1042 York River Road, Fairfax, Fairfax.

It will feature a discussion with entrepreneurs, experts, technologists, futurists, legislators, philanthropists and scholars, including:

  • Kevin Heaslip, a Virginia Tech professor who’s a national expert on self-driving cars
  • Jonathan Aberman, managing director Amplifier Ventures
  • John Estrada, CEO of ETrans Systems
  • Peter Johnson, executive vice president, Boston Properties
  • Marc Scribner, research fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Frank Shafroth, director of the Center for State & Local Leadership at George Mason University

Fairfax County joined the Innovation Coalition as part of its efforts to grow and diversify its economy. The county’s strategic Economic Success Plan calls for creating innovation hubs, attracting more startups and expanding R&D activity in the county.

Innovation Discourse on Self Driving Cars on Dec. 7, 2016

The coalition is a group of thought leaders who work collaboratively to support innovation in the region and its positive, long-term impact on our economy and communities. It includes:

  • Fairfax County Government
  • Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
  • Community Foundation
  • Fosterly
  • George Mason University
  • Nova Labs
  • Refraction Reston
  • Reston Chamber
  • Virginia Tech University

The coalition believes that the D.C. region is poised to flourish as megatrends converge to change the way we live and work.

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