We spend most of our time developing custom software solutions for companies.

As Washington policymakers consider action around critical issues including data security and encryption, government access to digital information, and the expansion of computer science education, they must understand the perspective of small software companies. In all of these cases, federal laws could change how we approach software projects.

For the past 6 years I’ve been privileged to travel to Washington, D.C. and participate first hand. This year I will be attending ACT | The App Association’s App Economy Conference from April 17-19 2016. There, I’ll join tech executives from across the country to network, learn, and engage elected officials on the most pressing issues facing the internet economy today.

This is a unique opportunity to learn how our government works (better than you might think!) and help educate our government officials and staff about the complex and ever changing technical world we live in.

I know from past experience that people in the house, senate and various government agencies appreciate a ground level view of these issues from small businesses.

You can stay up-to-date with the group’s activities in D.C. on Twitter by following #AppCon16.