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Policy
CES on the Hill
At CES on the Hill, policymakers learn how technology and pro-innovation policies
benefit the U.S. economy. Held on April 5, this annual event was a snapshot of the
innovation that happens at CES. Entrepreneurs from the sharing economy, digital
advocacy and accessibility sectors were on hand to show their innovative products and
services and share their unique startup stories to government officials.
More than 500 attendees, including 26 members of Congress saw tech advances
from 24 companies. Held in the Rayburn Office Building, federal regulators, members of Congress and their staff, and the media had the opportunity to interact with
tech businesses and experience the products that are fueling job creation, driving the
U.S. economy and improving our world. CES on the Hill featured the people, companies and technologies at the heart of current policy discussions on drones, immigration, patent reform, spectrum and the Internet of Things. Following is a snapshot
of some of the innovative companies that attendees saw at CES on the Hill.

CTA'S
CONGRESSIONAL
LOBBY DAY
The week's activities also included
Lobby Day where industry executives met with their congressional
representatives.
CTA's Board of
Industry Leaders (BIL)
and Small Business
Council (SBC) members met with elected
officials in 45 offices
in the U.S. House of
Representatives to
talk about patent litigation reform, strategic immigration and trade.
Altogether there were 40 lobby
day participants from the BIL
and SBC representing 36 different companies. They participated
in 45 meetings with members of
Congress and their top aides.
The discussions centered on
encryption, strategic immigration
reform, trade, patent reform and
corporate tax reform.
GO ONLINE: See what's
trending by following
#CTATechWeek.

A Snapshot of a Few of
the Innovative Companies
at CES on the Hill

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Rep. Save Loebsack (D-IA) at the Fitbit booth; Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) at the Amazonbooth;
Rep. G.K. Butterfield at the Bosch booth; Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) at the NVIDIA booth; Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) withCTA's
Tiffany Moore and Gary Shapiro; Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) at the Sony booth; Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) with
CTAChairman David Hagan; Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) at the Philips booth.
C TA . t e c h / i 3

Bansen Labs
Pittsburgh-based startup Bansen Labs
showed their Xogo device that allows people
with disabilities to connect to consumer
technology. "Our device takes any input
device - whether it's accessible or a standard consumer device - and translates it into
things that cable boxes, video game consoles
and smart home devices can understand,"
said Bansen Labs CEO Ray Abel. The device
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