D.C. Tech Council to Host Internet Trade Mission

By dc.internet.com Staff
May 31, 2002

The Washington D.C. Technology Council plans to host an Internet-based trade mission for Washington-area new media companies and their counterparts in Germany on June 11-28. The "Virtual Trade Mission" will be organized by the D.C. Tech Council, TradeBuilders, the Greater Washington Board of Trade's International Gateway, EndeavorConnect, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and Sonic Telecom.

Sponsoring organizations in Germany include gotoBavaria; BAO BERLIN International GmbH; the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce; media.net Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.; Hamburg newmedia; NRW Medien GmbH, and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation.

"This will be the region's first Internet-based trade mission with Germany, and will provide companies, governments, and organizations an efficient and cost-effective opportunity to network and collaborate on securing new media and digital content solutions," said Charlotte A. Hayes, president of the D.C. Tech Council.

Firms from Germany and the Washington region are invited to apply to participate in the virtual trade mission if they offer or are seeking select new media solutions and/or partners. The new media industry includes the technologies used to present, broadcast, transmit, store, and/or digitally process forms of media such as text, graphics, still and moving images, animation and sound.

Participants will include potential partners, integrators, buyers, suppliers, and investors in new media solutions such as software development and digital content, business and government solutions, digital rights management, digital media content, IT security, and IT forensics.

Participating companies will be given access codes to engage in business discussions over the Internet. They can post information and questions for other participants as frequently as desired during the mission. Business facilitators will assist participants with building business relationships online based on complementary interests.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a June 28 videoconference between Washington, D.C., and select cities in Germany.

"The online environment will provide all participants with access to discussion areas for business networking, a member directory complete with website links, a library of valuable resources, and access to guest experts who can address relevant issues. Guest experts from both countries will include industry specialists, as well as trade, finance, law, and other relevant professionals," said Virginia Littlejohn, chairman of TradeBuilders.

The cost to participate in the virtual trade mission is $250. Firms wishing to register should visit http://www.tradebuilders.com/germany-us.html.

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