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October 3rd Newsletter


Welcome to the SIMCAC Weekly Newsletter....
....Where each week, we'll share SIMCAC announcements, member spotlights, local/national industry news, upcoming events, and recaps of past ones! 

Event Recap - The Inaugural SIMCAC Charity Golf Outing

On Friday, September 27th, SIMCAC partnered with Premier Connects to throw our Inaugural SIMCAC Charity Golf Outing, held at Westfields Golf Club in Clinton, VA.
Those in attendance were greeted by blue skies and temperatures well into the high 70’s, making for a perfect day of golf and networking.  The day began with a buffet lunch and time to hit the driving range for a few practice swings.  Welcome remarks were presented by our Chair, Michael Huthwaite, and a shotgun start immediately followed.  Two “skill” challenges were placed along the course including a Longest Drive challenge using a hockey stick (a children’s hockey stick…) as well as a Closest to the Pin challenge wearing alligator themed oven mitts!  Don’t worry, plenty of photos and videos were captured!  Following the round of golf, attendees gathered in the club house for cocktails and dinner.  An awards presentation was given by Joe Malfesi, Vice President of Operations at Transaction Network Services, our Awards Reception sponsor.  The winning team, with a score of 56 (-15 under), was comprised of Mike Abreu, CACI, Willie Gaddis, Veterans Affairs and Tom Utley, Arctic Wolf.   Trophies and Gift Certificates to the Pro Shop were awarded.  In addition, Derek Hutchinson, KForce was the proud winner of the Closest to The Pin Challenge with his 33ft drive wearing an oven mitt.  Tom Utley took home a win for his Longest Drive using a hockey stick.
In addition to the IT Leaders who were in attendance, seven companies lined up to sponsor this outing, not only contributing financially but additionally providing giveaways, skill challenges as well as specialty beverages and laughs at several locations along the course.   We would like to extend a special Thank You to Kronos (Driving Range Sponsor) | Arctic Wolf (Beverage and Eagle Sponsor) | Transaction Network Services (Awards Reception Sponsor) | KForce (Eagle Sponsor) | Open Systems Technologies (Eagle Sponsor) | SIRIUS & Pure Storage (Eagle Sponsor) | Check Point Software Technologies (Eagle Sponsor).
The day’s success was confirmation that the SIMCAC Charity Outing should be an annual event and planning for the 2020 outing has already begun.  Stay tuned for a Save The Date.  We will be adding many more fun elements as well as additional ways to give back to the community.  We would like to thank all in attendance as well as the sponsors who made this day possible.  We look forward to 2020!
One of our core principles in SIMCAC is to give back to our community. As part of that commitment, a portion of the proceeds from this golf outing will fund our various Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) partners. Our donations fund programs for young students, high school graduates, and programs to train teachers on educating students in the STEM areas.

October Chapter Event
SIMCAC at 40: Looking Towards the Future of AI, the Internet, and Data in Open Societies

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About the event

By several estimates, the next 20 years will see more technological change than the last 40 years combined which will have ripple-effects on organizations, societies, and nations. Some experts are concerned about what they call “surveillance capitalism” and others are concerned that open societies cannot survive waves of misinformation and disinformation. This talk will consider “quo vadis?” — specifically, we’ll explore where open pluralistic societies might want to go in this new digital era ahead, and what each of us, as positive #ChangeAgents, might want to do to help ensure a future were IT advances are employed to uplift communities and societies around the world. We’re also planning some surprises and reminiscing about the past 40 years in the SIM Capital Area Chapter – the first chapter in SIM. Join us for an evening you won’t soon forget.

Guest Speaker:

David Bray


Dr. David Bray

Executive Director, People-Centered Internet coalition

Senior Fellow, Institute for Human-Machine Cognition

Chief Strategy Officer, MapLarge

Faculty focused on Impact & Disruption, Singularity University

More on Dr. Bray, the event, and registration here

Saeed Elnaj (CIO at National Council on Aging and SIMCAC member) recently had the following article published on it out! 

Will Facebook's Libra Overtake Bitcoin Cryptocurrency And The Ethereum Blockchain? How Will It Work?

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