Join us on October 9, 2018 in the heart of Silicon Slopes for our Tech_States:2018 Conference. This event will bring together experts, industry leaders, and policymakers to discuss emerging issues in technology policy. This interactive seminar will provide opportunities throughout the day to work together, meet new friends, and build a network of professionals engaged in tech policy.

This year, we hope to build a foundation to explore state-level policy issues, including autonomous vehicles, drones, the future of work, broadband deployment, our 5G future, privacy regulation, and many others.

We will begin with breakfast and registration at 8:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. 

Lunch will be provided.

For questions and inquiries, please email


Wells Fargo CEnter

299 Main St, 19th Floor
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


Lunch Keynote: Utah AG Sean Reyes

In 2013, at the age of 42, the Honorable Sean Reyes was appointed by Governor Gary Herbert as Utah’s 21st Attorney General. Reyes took over an office racked with scandal and inefficiency in the midst of some of the most significant constitutional issues in state history. Within a year, he reorganized and re-energized the office internally and recaptured the trust of the State with striking leadership, innovative programs and historic wins against drug dealers, human traffickers, child predators, and white-collar criminals. After winning the election in 2014 by one of the largest margins nationwide, Reyes was selected in 2015 by the Republican National Committee as one of its four national rising stars.

After graduating summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1994, Reyes earned his law degree with honors from U.C. Berkeley in 1997. He practiced for nearly fourteen years at Parsons Behle & Latimer, the largest law firm in the State, where he became one of the first minority lawyers to make partner at a major Utah firm. While there, Reyes represented clients on some of the largest and most high profile litigation cases in the history of the State. He argued or briefed cases before state and federal courts throughout the country, including the Utah Supreme Court and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been honored nationally and locally with a long list of awards for his legal skills, leadership and unparalleled commitment to public service and has founded and served multiple non-profit organizations.

The son of a Spanish-Filipino immigrant father, who fled the Marcos regime and a Japanese-Hawaiian mother, AG Reyes is Utah’s first minority elected statewide. AG Reyes and his wife, Saysha, are the proud parents of 6 children. He is a former collegiate volleyball player and mixed martial arts fighter who enjoys speaking at Comic Cons, playing basketball, coaching his kids, dancing with Saysha, watching Sports Center, cooking, shooting guns and rapping on Bloomberg News.


Are we ready for the future of work?

While the sharing economy and the robot revolution continue to grab headlines, policymakers across the country are beginning to unravel the implications for technology's affect on the future of work and local labor markets. We will explore what we know (and don't know) about tech's disruption and outline the current proposals surrounding universal basic income, job retraining, and the current regulatory landscape.

Speakers: Greg Ferenstein, Writer and Educator // Samuel Hammond, Director of Poverty and Welfare Studies at the Niskanen Center // Aaron Hedlund, Assistant Professor of Economics at The University of Missouri // Timothy Blute, Director of NGA Future at National Governors Association.

Moderator: Annette Meeks, Founder and CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

What's next for transportation innovation?

Autonomous vehicles have certainly stolen the show when it comes to discussion of transportation innovation, but driverless cars are just a piece of the puzzle. From dockless scooters to bike shares to drones to Hyperloop, state policymakers across the country are grappling with questions of how to balance innovation with considerations of safety, privacy, congestion, and funding. This panel will outline what steps have been taken, where public policies can improve, and what's in store for the future of transportation.

Speakers: Ian Adams, Associate Vice President of State Affairs at R Street Institute // Jennifer Huddleston Skees, Legal Research Associate, Mercatus Center at George Mason University // Ashkhen Kazaryan, Legal and Research Fellow at TechFreedom

Moderator: Sal Nuzzo, Vice President of Policy and Director of the Center for Economic Prosperity at the James Madison Institute.

The next frontier for infrastructure?

While many debates surrounding telecommunications policy seem exclusively focused on the federal government's role, state and local governments are an increasingly important player in how companies lay the groundwork for 5G (fifth generation) technology as well as high-speed fiber optic line. This panel will discuss what is going well (and not) at a state level and ways in which we can continue to make strides toward the future.

Speakers: Brent Skorup, Senior Research Fellow at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University // Graham Owens, Legal Fellow at TechFreedom // Tom Struble, Technology Policy Manager and Counsel at R Street Institute // David Don, Vice President for Regulatory Policy at Comcast Corporation

Moderator: Daniel Mead Smith, President of Washington Policy Center

Should states regulate data privacy?

California's recently passed data privacy law--the strictest in the country--may become a model other states looking to take action. Illinois and Texas have passed biometric privacy laws that may have sweeping effects on how we use platforms like Facebook and Google. But what role should states play in regulating online privacy? As more states contemplate their own regulations, is it time for Congress to act? As debates continue over privacy regulation, our panel will discuss the implications of increased state-level regulation on consumers, tech companies, and the future of online privacy.

Speakers: Berin Szoka, President and Founder of TechFreedom // Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow for Technology and Innovation at The Charles Koch Institute

Moderator: Jared Meyer, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability