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FROM OUR LONDON OFFICE

 
FCEDA HOSTS TRANSATLANTIC BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE DINNER
 
Sir Gerald Howarth MP, former UK minister for international security strategy, was the guest speaker at a 14 October transatlantic business roundtable dinner organised by the FCEDA.
 
The affair attracted 30 UK business executives to hear Sir Gerald, who entertained questions after his remarks.
 
The Squire Patton Boggs law firm (www.squirepattonboggs.com), which has offices in Fairfax County and London, co-hosted the event. The dinner was held at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace. It was the second year that the dinner has been held at the historic location.
 
Attending from FCEDA headquarters in Virginia were Vice President for Marketing Catherine Riley and International Marketing Director Jan Mul. Other attendees represented individual companies, techUK (www.techuk.org), UK Trade and Investment (need Web site), and BritishAmerican Business (www.babinc.org).
 
TECHUK AND DHS SIGN MOU
 
FCEDA London Director Ross Clarke office attended a techUK (http://www.techuk.org/) event headlined by Robert Griffin, acting deputy undersecretary for the science and technology directorate of the US Department of Homeland Security.
 
The event was held on the eve of the SINET Global Cyber Security Innovation Summit to mark the MOU that the UK ICT association has signed with the DHS to communicate details of opportunities to the cyber security business and research communities.
 
Dr Griffin and colleagues spoke about the vision of the DHS, the priorities of its new leadership and how these will translate into research and capability interests. A networking reception followed for around 100 invited guests representing SMEs and large corporations around the UK.
 
BAE COMPLETES SIG-NIFICANT ACQUISITION
 
British defence giant BAE Systems, which is one of Fairfax County's major employers, has acquired North Carolina-based Signal Innovations Group (SIG). BAE said SIG's imaging technology will help provide customers with tactical and strategic intelligence.
 
The acquired business has been a top supplier for BAE Systems on a number of intelligence and security programmes as a provider of full-motion video, persistent wide area motion imagery, and analytics software, hardware and services. The business employs about 35 people.
 
 
FROM OUR MUNICH OFFICE
 
SYSTRA USA OPENS DOORS IN VIENNA
 
The FCEDA welcomes SYSTRA USA, a subsidiary of France-based SYSTRA, to the Fairfax County business community. SYSTRA USA opened an office in the Tysons Corner area of the county to support higher demand for the company’s rail planning, infrastructure protection, and engineering services given ongoing rail and transit development throughout the Washington area.
 
This new office is part of the company’s continued growth throughout the North American transit market. A global leader in public transportation engineering infrastructures, SYSTRA has developed a reputation as an established partner in public transport systems over 50 years.
 
US AIR FORCE SIGNS TRAILBLAZING LEASE FOR SES SATELLITE CAPACITY
 
The US military recently took an important step toward changing how it buys commercial satellite bandwidth by awarding SES Government Solutions an $8.2 million contract for capacity aboard an aging satellite covering western Africa. SES Government Solutions has a Fairfax County office.
 
The contract is the first in a series of so-called pathfinders developed by the Defense Department to test out new ways of doing business with commercial satellite operators, who have long criticized the Pentagon’s buying habits as outdated and inefficient.
 
The contract is the second experimental demonstration-type contract in recent years for SES Government Solutions. The company previously hosted an experimental missile warning sensor for the Air Force aboard one of its telecommunications satellites.
 
INTELSAT MOVES INTO NEW TYSONS OFFICE
 
Intelsat completed the relocation of its US headquarters from Washington, DC, to the new Tysons Tower building in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County.
 
Tysons Tower, adjacent to the Tysons Corner Station on the new Silver Line of the Washington Metro system, is amongst the tallest buildings in the area. Intelsat occupies several floors from which employees and guests enjoy panoramic views of the national capital region.
 
Featuring an open floor plan and the latest office technology, the building highlights Intelsat’s innovation and encourages collaboration amongst team members. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.
 
 
FROM OUR BANGALORE OFFICE
 
FCEDA ATTENDS SELECT USA EVENT IN BANGALORE
 
Representatives of Brickwork India, the FCEDA representative in India, attended a 24 September SelectUSA event at the Taj West End hotel in Bangalore. It was part of a multi-city roadshow in which SelectUSA collaborated with the Bangalore Chambers of Industry and Commerce and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.
 
The event presented an opportunity for US economic development authorities to promote their states or counties to Indian companies considering US expansion opportunities. Brickwork India CEO Sangeeta Kulkarni gave a presentation on why Fairfax County is a preferred location for Indian firms entering and expanding into the US market. 
 
The first Indian-American ambassador in US history, Vinai K Thummalapally, now the executive director of SelectUSA, said: "Ten years ago, among countries investing in the US, India's investments were the 11th fastest growing. Now they are the fourth fastest growing…"
 
NASSCOM EVENT IN PUNE DRAWS INTEREST IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
 
On 8-9 October the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) organized its annual NASSCOM Engineering Summit 2014 at the Hotel Westin in Pune. FCEDA representatives from Brickwork India met with 25 prospects to discuss expansion opportunities in Fairfax County.  
 
Focused on the theme of “Engineered from India,” the two-day summit was designed to enable the engineering community to network, discuss issues of common interest and meet with customers and partners.  The forum attracted more than 450 attendees from large and SME companies, mostly engineering firms.
                                         
HCL TECHNOLOGIES EARNS LIFE SCIENCES COMPETENCY
 
HCL Technologies, a leading global IT services company with a local office in Fairfax County, announced that it earned the status of Life Sciences Competency by Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS also has a major presence in Fairfax County.
 
Achieving an AWS Partner Network Competency allows partners to differentiate themselves by showcasing expertise in a specific solution and/or industry sector. HCL Technologies is providing complete cloud services and a cloud management portfolio that will give enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud.
 
ADAEQUARE BAGS ANOTHER MAJOR CONTRACT
 
Adaequare, a leading provider of business mobility and mobile development services with its US headquarters in Fairfax County, won a major contract from a California-based retail store.
 
Adaequare will be developing a mobile point-of-sale application to be used by the company’s floor sales team in their retail outlets to provide quick checkout options to their customers. This is part of the company’s three-year strategic roadmap for e-commerce initiatives. 
 
NEWGEN SOFTWARE EARNS “VISIONARY” STATUS
 
The Gartner research organization named Newgen Software, which bases its US operations in Fairfax County, as a ‘visionary’ in the “magic quadrant” for enterprise content management (ECM).
This recognition highlighted Newgen’s content management capabilities and its competence in leveraging new age technologies – social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) – to transform the way modern global enterprises operate.
 
Gartner subjected 22 vendors to a rigorous evaluation of their revenues, geographic presence, and expansion, the functional capabilities of their products, and got extensive customer feedback. The evaluation also considered each enterprise’s completeness of vision and ability to execute.
 
 
FROM OUR TEL AVIV OFFICE
 
A NICE PARTNERSHIP WITH AMAG
 
Two companies with a Fairfax County office, NICE Systems (NICE) and AMAG Technology, a G4S subsidiary, announced a partnership for the integration of the NICE Situator physical security information management system with AMAG Technology's Symmetry Access Control system.
 
The joint solution can be used by command and control centers worldwide to improve situational awareness and streamline incident management. The NICE technology has been used by the Virginia Port Authority at the port of Hampton Roads since 2007.
 
CYBER IMPACT AND THREATS UNVEILED
 
The FCEDA is presenting its Procurement Academy workshop series near the headquarters office to help businesses interested in developing government contracting opportunities. On 19 October the topic was “Cybersecurity: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities.” The forum highlighted the growing impact of threats and vulnerabilities that can result in critical business losses, and among the six speakers were representatives of two Israeli-founded companies: Elbit Systems of America and CYREN.
 
The event attracted more than 90 Fairfax County executives, and focused on the latest cyber policies, strategies, best practices and emerging technologies that present opportunities in the federal and commercial markets.
 
LOCKHEED AND YISSUM SIGN RESEARCH PACT
 
Lockheed Martin Israel Ltd, a subsidiary of defence giant Lockheed Martin, and Yissum Research Development Company Ltd., the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have signed an agreement to conduct joint research. The collaboration will focus on basic and applicable scientific research in areas such as quantum information sciences and material sciences, and other areas.  
 
Lockheed Martin’s international business group is based in the Reston area of Fairfax County.
 
DHS SIGNS ELBIT SYSTEMS TO TEST FIRST-RESPONDER TECHNOLOGY
 
The Science & Technology Directorate of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded a contract to Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., to test broadband services for first responders and public-safety users. Elbit Systems of America has an office in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County.
 
Among the systems to be tested will be WideBridge, which Elbit Systems’ Land and C4I division developed to take advantage of FirstNet and commercial networks suitable for federal, state and local public safety agencies nationwide.
 
 
FROM OUR SEOUL OFFICE
 
CHUNGDAHM LEARNING OPENS IN FAIRFAX COUNTY
 
More than 50 Korean companies have a presence in Fairfax County, and more technology companies are expanding in the county to pursue the US federal procurement market and US commercial market. Recently, Chungdahm Learning, an educational institute in Korea, set up an office in Fairfax County.
 
The company is looking for opportunities to provide its Smart Learning Solution (tablet-based education technology platform) to private and public schools in the US. Chungdahm plans to secure a partnership with a school in the Fairfax region using the smart classroom solution and then expand into other areas.
 
Chungdahm offers programs in more than 300 learning centers throughout Korea, making it one of the largest language institutes in the country. Because Fairfax County is a robust technology center and offers high-quality educational opportunities, Chungdahm Learning considered it the best location to build its Smart Learning Solution business in the US.
 
BUSAN EVENTS OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FCEDA
 
FCEDA Korea Office Director Charles Kim participated 20-23 October in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference and two big IT-related exhibitions, the World IT Show and IT Expo Busan.
 
Mr. Kim had one-to-one meetings with Korean ICT companies that are expanding their business to the US market. He introduced Fairfax County as a good location for Korean ICT companies that want to start, relocate or expand their business in the US and highlighted FCEDA services and resources available for Korean companies.
 
WiTA HOSTS MORE BUSINESS NETWORKING
 
Andrew Yu, the FCEDA’s business development manager for Asia, attended a Wellness IT Association (WiTA) US business event held in Seoul.
 
The event primarily was a networking opportunity for those who attended a May 2014 event at the home of the US ambassador to Korea to continue discussions about expanding into the US market.
 
WiTA, with help from the FCEDA, is committed to supporting these companies to look for opportunities in the US and especially in Fairfax County.
 
NIPA’S US GOVERNMENT MARKET ENTRY PROGRAM
 
The Korean National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) launched the US Government Market Entry Program for Korean IT companies, a three-week program that started 6 October in Seoul.
 
The program was designed for Korean IT companies to learn various aspects of doing business in the US market, especially in the US government procurement market. It was led by mentors and experts in the area of government contracting.
 
Korean participants networked with potential buyers and partners during the event, which offered a good way for Korean ICT companies to understand the business environment and US government procurement opportunities. NIPA plans to hold the program in the US every year.
 
 
FROM OUR BOSTON OFFICE
 
MITRE HOSTS CYBER EVENT
 
FCEDA Boston Office Director Ted Carr attended a special event at The MITRE Corporation, in Bedford, Mass., on 16 September. The event brought together cyber-technology providers, entrepreneurs, investment companies and catalyst groups engaged in promoting technology-based businesses.
 
At the meeting we learned about emerging technologies. We heard how companies are leveraging U.S. government investments in research and development and why the government encourages this approach. We saw MITRE prototype technologies that address cyber threats, analyse data, identify mission-critical assets and employ voice biometrics. Most important, it was a great opportunity to expand the FCEDA network and connect with the Boston region's cyber community.
 
XCONOMY MARKS THE SPOT WITH FCEDA PARTNERSHIP
 
In 2014 the FCEDA inked a partnership with Xconomy, which provides business and technology leaders with timely and insightful information about the local tech personalities, companies, and economic trends. The FCEDA sponsored and attended “Boston’s Life Science Disruptors” that Xconomy presented in the spring and drew a high-level crowd of technology entrepreneurs, executives and investors.
 
FCEDA leadership also attended the Xconomist reception in Cambridge, Mass., n 2014. At this reception, pioneers of innovation academia and the founding members of companies such as Boston Scientific came together to discuss trends in the global innovation ecosystem. Three winners of the Nobel Prize attended as well. At this event Bob Budarri, CEO and editor of Xconomy, and FCEDA National Marketing Director Rodney Lusk announced the FCEDA/Xconomy partnership.
 
 
FROM OUR LOS ANGELES OFFICE
 
FCEDA SPONSORS SILICON VALLEY TECHBREAKFAST
 
TechBreakfast is a monthly event started in the Washington/Baltimore region, but has since spread throughout the US where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business executives, and interested people showcase new technology in a demo format and interact with one other. The FCEDA signed on as a sponsor of the 2 October TechBreakfast at the Wilson Sonsini law office in San Francisco.
 
FCEDA National Marketing Director Rodney Lusk and FCEDA Los Angeles Office Director Mark White participated in a panel during the event and emphasized the importance of east coast markets to Silicon Valley and California companies. Numerous Bay Area companies have a regional office in Fairfax County.
 
The FCEDA’s first US office outside of its headquarters was in California. The FCEDA will sponsor TechBreakfast in San Francisco on 4 December as well.
 
FCEDA INVITED TO PARTICIPATE AT THE ANNUAL NAPA SUMMIT
 
FCEDA National Marketing Director Rodney Lusk and FCEDA Los Angeles Office Director Mark White attended the invitation-only Napa Summit 2014, where technology and life science entrepreneurs, executives, and investors joined 2-3 June to discuss a range of issues including the global economic recovery, education, energy, aging, healthcare, genomics, food, cybersecurity, R&D and investment strategies.
 
Attendance to the event presented by Xconomy was limited to fewer than 100 guests. There was an extraordinary group of entrepreneurs, CEOs, angel and venture investors, technologists, and other innovators at this unique event in the Napa Valley region of California.
 
FCEDA ATTENDS THE 2014 BIO SHOW
 
FCEDA Los Angeles Office Director Mark White attended the 2014 BIO International Convention, hosted 23-26 June by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). It drew almost 16,000 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEO’s, from 50 states and 70 countries.
 
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and internationally. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.
 
The event was a great opportunity to meet with dozens of biotech companies and network at various functions.