September 26 - 28
Capital of Inclusive Innovation

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Where Technology + Innovation, Makers + Creatives, & Social Impact Converge

WeDC Fest is a three-day conference for the innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and government leaders who make Washington, DC the nation's Capital of Inclusive Innovation. The event will feature unique programming and networking opportunities to showcase collaboration and innovation in the world’s most powerful global city.



From panels to workshops to fireside chats, learn from industry leaders and influencers who are leading change in their industries.Schedule


  The WeDC Innovation Marketplace will celebrate and showcase the region's most innovative companies and their products. Join us for interactive demonstrations, while learning about the latest innovations in the tech, creative and social enterprise communities.Wednesday, September 26, 10am - 3pmNational Building MuseumDiscover


Hear from leaders in the technology + innovation, makers + creatives and social impact communities to gain key insights through a variety of unique programming including panel discussions, interviews, podcasts and more.View Speakers

Featured Speakers

Over 100 speakers and more than 50 sessions covering three tracks

WeDC Fest features a dynamic line up of local leaders that have made Washington, DC the Capital of Inclusive Innovation. Hear their stories and gain insights over three days of unique programming that showcases collaboration and innovation.

Neil Albert President + CEO
DowntownDC Business Improvement District
Harry Alford Co-Founder
humble ventures
Phyllis Arthur Vice President, Infectious Diseases + Diagnostics Policy
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Alex Atkinson Senior Manager of Corporate Relations
Shelly Bell Founder
Black Girl Ventures
Lauren Biel Executive Director and Co-Founder
D.C. Greens
Melissa Bradley Managing Director
Project 500
Christopher Bradshaw Executive Director
Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.
David Brandt Space Experience Center Manager
Lockheed Martin
Ayannah Buford CEO + Creative Director
Ayana Christie Manager of Incubation
Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center
Jake Colvin Executive Director
Global Innovation Forum
Dr. Marla Dean Executive Director/CEO
Bright Beginnings, Inc.
Gadi Dechter Senior Director + DC Public Affairs Head
APCO Worldwide
Laura Delgado Lopez Environmental Solutions Strategic Account Manager
Harris Corporation
Dionna Dorsey Designer
District of Clothing
Morgan Fykes Creator + Storyteller
Dr. James B Garvin Chief Scientist, Sciences and Exploration Directorate
NASA Goddard
Sonya Gavankar Director of Public Relations
Kate Glantz Marketing Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Rick Gordon Director
Inova Strategic Investment Fund
C'pher Greshman Vice President of Communities
Amy Gyau-Moyer Program Manager
Community Health and Benefit | D.C. and Suburban Maryland, Kaiser Permanente
Jon Harsch Co-Founder + CEO
Deidre Jeffries Commissioner
DC Commission on Fashion, Arts + Events
Jacqueline Klimas Defense Reporter
Bhavya Lal Research Staff Member
IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
Philippe Lanier Principal
Eastbanc Inc + Eastbanc Technologies
Earl Lawrence Director of the UAS Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration
Penny Lee Chief Strategy Officer
Jack McDougle President & CEO
Greater Washington Board of Trade
Kenyan McDuffie Coucilmember
Council of the District of Columbia
Jason Miller Chief Executive Officer
Greater Washington Partnership
Michelle Moore Groundswell
Jeanette Pablo General Counsel & Senior Associate
Energy Futures Initiative
Daryl Perkins Co-Founder + Social Enterprise Developer
Broccoli City Festival
Emily Rasowsky Founder
Women in Tech Campaign
Jeffrey Richardson Managing Director
Unlocking Potential Foundation
Leslie Riegle AVP of Civil Aviation
Aerospace Industries Association
Ann Shikany State & Federal Policy Advocate, Resilient Communities
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
David Silver VP of Civil Aviation
Aerospace Industries Association
Frank Slazer VP of Space Systems
Aerospace Industries Association
Eshauna Smith CEO
Urban Alliance
Sunny Sumter Executive Director
DC Jazz Festival
Marisa Uchin VP Policy and Regulatory
Kevin Welsh Executive Director, Office of Environment & Energy
Federal Aviation Administration
Deloris Wilson Head of Strategy + Operations
Beacon DC
Best tech city in the u.s.
(Cushman & Wakefield, 2017)
Top 10
Global City for Female Entrepreneurs
(The Dell We Cities Index, 2016)
22 Million People
Visited D.C. in 2016


  • National Union Building
    918 F St NW,
    Washington, DC 20004
  • National Building Museum
    401 F St NW,
    Washington, DC 20001
  • Pepco Edison Gallery
    702 8th St NW,
    Washington, DC 20068
 National Union Building 
918 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
 National Building Museum 
401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
 Pepco Edison Gallery 
702 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20068


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