Government Technology’s Global Stage: Celebrating two decades as the premier government technology conference partner to the world’s most prestigious technology showcase: CES. Exclusive, prestigious, highly interactive.

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Seven 90-minute EDGESeries programs scheduled throughout the year on subjects vital to the economic and national security interests of the United States. EDGESeries programs are expanded and featured at one of the two GBEF flagship annual conferences, EDGE@ces and the EDGE Security Summit.

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Each July in San Diego, 400 mission-diverse senior security professionals from energy, finance, transportation, health care and government. Current global threat matrix, emerging threats, business strategies and the latest security technologies. Agenda is modeled after EDGE@ces

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More than 30 years of senior executive experience including first Secretary of Technology (Virginia); Staff Director, House Oversight Committee; Chief Operating Officer, major global technology corporation.


Donald W. Upson

Chairman and Founder, GBEF

U.S. Air Force veteran, one of America’s most accomplished Chief Technology Officers with experience to include government agencies, Cabinet Departments, financial organizations, and senior executive corporate experience.


Dr. Barry C. West

Program Chair, GBEF EDGE President, West Wing Advisory Services

Former Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation, Laura Hudson also brings to her position 18 years of diverse experience at the Consumer Technology Association, producers of CES.


Laura Hudson

President, GBEF

Three decades of experience of successful management, meeting and event planning for major government and business programs including the White House, National Conventions, major movie premiers, and Chief Staff to the first lady of Virginia.


Mary Shea Sutherland

Director, Events, GBEF

Michael Dent is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia. A veteran public servant, Michael joined the county in 2002 after managing the security program for information technology at the Virginia Department of Corrections.


Michael T. Dent

State and Local Chair, GBEF Add Chief Information Security Officer, Fairfax County Government

Rob is a veteran, Pulitzer-nominated multimedia editor with more than 25 years of industry experience in print, digital, video, podcasting and social media.


Rob Landers

Brand Strategist for Digital and Social Media