Tech Expo visitors meet with vendors from the private sector to collaborate on mission requirements and technology solutions Feb. 21 at the Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Weston Woodward)

Wright-Patterson AFB hosts 2018 Tech Expo

The 2018 Tech Expo was held at the Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Feb. 28, providing a gateway for partnership between on-base government agencies and technology vendors from the private sector.

The Tech Expo connects government and industry to collaborate on mission requirements and technology solutions and is sponsored by the 88th Communications Group. The free event, open to all base personnel, provides an opportunity to see the latest in emerging technologies and network with industry experts.

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“The goal is to bring industry and government together to start having these conversations of new technologies on site in a convenient location for the vendors and the customers,” said Danielle Sanders, system director of events at National Conference Services. “This is really convenient because it doesn’t require our agencies to incur travel costs since it’s held on base.”

This year’s expo hosted 45 vendors, and overall attendance was expected to be more than 200 guests from the base.

Technology on display included systems integration, online applications, data transfer systems, IT solutions, alert notification systems and more.

Vince Pinon, an account manager at World Wide Technology, noted that the tech expos have been successful for his company.

“I’ve been coming to this tech expo for 13 years now so I see a lot of the same customers that we have existing relationships with and they update us on current problems they’re facing so we can evolve our product to fit their needs and address their requirements with innovative solutions,” said Pinon.

“Our industry has evolved because our customer’s needs have evolved. Everything is evolving rapidly, and we need to stay ahead of the curve,” he added.

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