April 01, 2018

You've got a tech meeting coming up and you're looking for a destination. Where do you start? These points are considerations when you're narrowing down your choices.

1. Knowledge. Hold your event in a destination that offers a value-added approach for organizations within the technology space and other key industries for an innovative and enhanced experience. "DC offers unique access to various industries, including social enterprises, green tech, hospitality, cybersecurity and data," says Melissa Riley, vice president of convention sales & services at Destination DC.

2. A tech community. An attractive destination is a tech hub with unmatched access to expert speakers and industry sponsors for any event. Partnerships with local providers and businesses specializing in tech are also critical. One destination that's focused on this is our nation's capital. "Meeting in Washington, DC will enhance your program with the resources that exist for tech meetings, including access to experts, exhibitors and potential attendees," says Riley.

3. Entrepreneurial energy. A city with a strong tech scene engenders a strong entrepreneurial spirit. That energy permeates a city and can positively affect an event. DC is home to a thriving scene of more than 1,000 tech startups (Business Insider) and was ranked first in the nation for growth entrepreneurship by the Kauffman Foundation.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is a 2.3-million-square-foot space that boasts 703,000 square feet of exhibition space and an unparalleled digital signage system.
4. Support. The DMO serves as the liaison to its members and the local knowledge economy, making for a productive and efficient meetings experience. Whether offering venue guidance or connecting with experts, Riley's team has a wealth of experience providing services for meetings and special events of all sizes.

5. Cybersecurity tech startups. As data protection has become a hot-button issue, choose a destination that cultivates young entrepreneurs for jobs in cybersecurity. The DC area is a top city for cybersecurity tech startups, and included over 27,000 cybersecurity job postings in 2015, far more than other tech cities (Burning Glass Technologies).
6. Digital signage. Find a venue or convention center that has some form of digital signage throughout its facilities. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC continues to grow its digital signage system with 140 HDTVS and a new virtual reality feature, which uses 360-degree and 3D imagery, allowing you to preview your experience inside the venue before booking. 
When it's time for event attendees to unplug, they enjoy embarking on hip and historic adventures, from the neighborhoods to the National Mall.
For more information on holding your event in the nation's capital, visit washington.org/meetings