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The APAICS Tech Summit brings together community and corporate leaders, subject matter experts, as well as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) elected officials for bipartisan policy discussions that affect the AANHPI community and the nation at-large.


Panel topics can range from AANHPI representation in the upper echelons of the tech industry, the magnified effects of the digital divide, impacts of misinformation and disinformation campaigns, digital skilling initiatives to increase technical literacy in the community, the importance of cybersecurity in a growing digital world, and the effects of COVID-19 in the tech industry and what our partners are doing to adapt to these changing conditions. 


Schedule October 13, 2021 (Day 1)


October 13, 2021 (Day 1)

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET | Opening Remarks

Welcome statements by: Madalene Mielke, APAICS, President and CEO Fred Humphries, Microsoft, Corporate Vice President, US Government Affairs

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM ET | Broadband & 5G: Access for All to High-Speed Internet

Special Remarks: Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) Moderator: John Nakahata, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, Chair of the Firm Speakers: Sanjay Udani, Verizon, Vice President Technology Policy Virginia Zigras, Charter, Vice President Legislative Affairs Coralette Hanon, AARP, Senior Legislative Representative Clint Odom, T-Mobile, Vice President, Str ategic Alliances & External Affairs Beth Fujimoto, AT&T, Assistant Vice Preident, Public Policy Panel Description : Advancements in technology have given people access to the fastest internet speeds we’ve seen in history, supporting everything from streaming movies to telemedicine to self-driving vehicles. Both broadband and the 5G network offer the promise of increased connectivity and accelerating innovation in nearly every aspect of the tech industry. Access to these networks, however, are not universal; often rural areas and underserved communities are left behind. With high-speed internet access essential in our daily lives, how can we ensure all Americans can connect to these advanced networks? How are companies in this industry addressing these problems? What can the government do to support the quick expansion of high-speed internet access across the country? What impact with the Infrastructure Deal have on expansion of services to hard-to-reach communities?

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM ET | Break


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM ET | The Dawning of the On-Demand Economy: The Dominance of E-Commerce

Special Remarks: Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) Moderator: Camilla Cho, Vox, Senior Vice President, E-Commerce Speakers: Tom Fernandez, The Last Mile | SASE, Co-Founder, Board Director Lisa Lee, Doordash, Vice President of Global Culture and Belonging Panel Description : Advancements in technology have opened a world at our fingertips. These days, a customer doesn’t have to leave their home to gain access to almost any product thanks to the development of delivery services. The companies driving these changes saw astonishing record profits in 2020 during the pandemic. As the pandemic recedes, e-commerce continues to dominate the buying of goods across the country. It is clear now more than ever our one-click consumer economy is an integral to our daily lives. What is the impact of this integrated service economy? What does this mean for small businesses? What’s the impact on the job market?

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM ET | Women in Tech: Growing the Ranks

Moderator: Kimmy Yam, NBC News Asian America, Reporter Speakers:

Sara Abiusi, Accenture, Managing Director, Accenture Federal Services Quality & Risk Lead

Linda Akutagawa, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), President & CEO Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code, Founder Portia Wu, Microsoft, Managing Director, U.S. Public Policy Susan Go, Salesforce Director, Solutions Engineering Panel Description : A broad range of initiatives across the tech industry have been implemented to promote gender equity in tech, with decidedly mixed results. Some recent studies claim the gender gap in tech is widening, especially for women of color. Women make up roughly one third of the workforce at some tech firms, yet they have a smaller share of leadership and managerial positions. What are new and innovative ways tech companies are utilizing to recruit women to their workforce? How are companies diversifying their leadership ranks, both on the board level and in the c-suite? What are best practices for recruiting women to the workforce?

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET | Break


3:30 PM - 3:45 PM ET | Break


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM ET | Tech Democratizing the World

Special Remarks: Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07) Moderator: Shomik Dutta, Higher Ground Labs, Co-Founder & General Partner Speakers: Bryan Jung, Robinhood, Head of Product Marketing Clara Liang, AirBnB, VP and General Manager, International and Commercial Operations Traci Lee, Lyft, Director of Public Policy (West) Panel Description : Over the last two decades, we have seen the tech sector democratize and decentralize a wide range of industries and institutions. From banking to home buying, information to exercising, technology continues to break down traditional barriers and provide more access and options to the general public. How are these trends reshaping our daily lives? What are both benefits and drawbacks to this democratization? What are the public policy implications to this democratization? What regulations are necessary to take advantage of these mold-breaking technologies?

Schedule October 14, 2021 (Day 2) 

October 14, 2021 (Day 2)

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM ET | Privacy in Our Technology Driven World

Special Remarks: Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) Speakers: Neha Joshi, Accenture Security, Managing Director John Yang, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, President & Executive Director Laura Moy, Georgetown Law, Associate Professor of Law; Director, Communications & Technology Law Clinic Panel Description : The conversation around tech privacy has largely focused on the responsibility of the big tech companies in safeguarding customer personal data: the ability of third parties to access where we go, what we do and how we spend our money. Largely, the focus has been on how these companies use our data and who they can provide access to. The emergence of two recent trends, however, have reshaped the tech privacy conversation: ransomware attacks and NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Personal data is more vulnerable than ever to outside actors accessing our data without our knowledge for nefarious purposes. What can tech companies do to protect the personal data of their consumers against increasingly sophisticated spyware software and ransomware attacks? How can Americans best safeguard themselves and their businesses from these vulnerabilities? What is the best approach to combating these trends?

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM ET | Break


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM ET | Tech Leading in the World of Content

Special Remarks: Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) Moderator: Edmund Lee, The New York Times Speakers: Albert Cheng, Amazon Studios Jay Trinidad, Disney Panel Description : The entertainment industry is quickly becoming synonymous with the tech industry. This panel will discuss the dramatic shift in how Americans view and consume entertainment on many tech platforms, as well as how content producers have increasingly turned to tech in distributing their content. How has this impacted the way studios think about content production and distribution? What are the implications of tech and entertainment companies becoming increasingly synonymous? What does this mean for AANHPI-led content? How do tech platforms empower individual creators to develop and build their own audience?

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM ET | Silicon Valley’s Bamboo Ceiling

Special Remarks: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) Moderator: Priya Anand, Bloomberg Technology, Reporter Speakers: Emily Chi, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Assistant Director of Telecommunications Buck Gee, Ascend Leadership, Executive Advisor Jason Chan, AT&T, Director of Strategic Alliances Panel Description : The belief in the model minority is prevalent throughout the tech industry with AANHPIs comprising nearly a quarter of the workforce in many tech companies. Therefore, AANHPIs are often left out of the diversity and inclusion conversations. Yet, according to a 2017 Ascend study, AAPIs face a variety of the same roadblocks as other minorities in tech, particularly in regard to leadership positions. How are tech companies working to address the issues of pay gaps and cultivation of AANHPI leaders? What role does diversity play in developing inclusive and accessible products for the entire marketplace?

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM ET | Break


3:30 PM - 3:45 PM ET | Break


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM ET | Manufacturing the Future Tech

Special Remarks: Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07) Moderator: Khánh Vu, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), CEO & Executive Director Speakers: Gene Irisari, Samsung, Vice President for Public Affairs, Head of Semiconductor Policy Lihua Zhao, HP Global, Head of 3D Lab Erin Ennis, Dell, Senior Director of Global Public Policy Panel Description : With the dawn of 5G and an exponential increase in demand for semiconductors, there has been an increased need for investment in advanced manufacturing. The infrastructure bill represents an opportunity to expand American technological and manufacturing capabilities. What impact will onshoring efforts have on the manufacturing capabilities in the US? How do companies plan to address the need for increased components in the expansion of the 5G network? What other industries are impacted by the slowdown in the global supply chain? What role will the infrastructure play in addressing these issues?


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