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Each year ACT-IAC plans and offers a wide range of events ranging from two hour presentations to multi-day conferences.  Regardless of the format and length of any event, they all share certain common characteristics.

  • Every event is jointly planned by a team of government and industry executives.
  • The agenda of every event addresses issues relevant to government.
  • The information presented will be current and relevant.
  • There will be an emphasis on collaboration.
  • Business development and promotion are prohibited.
  • The event will be outcome oriented.

ACT-IAC events are great opportunities to stay up-to-date on the latest policies, trends and technologies.  They also provide information and education to enhance your skills and career opportunities.  Most importantly, however, ACT-IAC events are outcome focused.  Whether the issue is acquisition, mobility, or shared services, the goal of each ACT-IAC event is to advance the issue by developing recommended strategies, policies and initiatives that will contribute to better government.

Most ACT-IAC events accept sponsors.  This an excellent way to gain visibility for your company and have a direct impact on improving government. For information on sponsorship offerings contact Carol Miller at

Each year ACT-IAC hosts three major conferences and training events for the government IT community.  These are described below.


Beginning in 2012 ACT-IAC and the General Services Administration (GSA) partnered together to create a one-day event that would provide training for the government acquisition community.  The result was the Acquisition Excellence (AE) training conference.   AE is a one-day event held in Washington, DC in the spring.  The agenda includes updates on current acquisition priorities and changes and also provides interactive sessions where government and industry executives can collaborate on current acquisition challenges and opportunities.  Over 400 executives from both government and industry attend this event which is open to both ACT-IAC members and non-members.

igniting innovation conference and awards

Igniting Innovation is ACT-IAC’s annual conference and awards event to identify, recognize, promote and connect the best innovations and innovators to improve services to citizens and government operations. Igniting Innovation is your best chance to see the newest innovations in the public sector and the only innovation event that includes:

  • Exhibits of competitively selection, cutting-edge innovations from across the country
  • Attendance by innovation leaders from government, industry and academia
  • Keynotes, panels, and talks by senior thought leaders and experienced innovators
  • Top finalists and overall award winner selected by attendees

imagine nation Elc

The ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) is considered the premier collaborative and learning event in the government IT community.  First held in 1991, ELC provides a forum where senior executives from government and industry can learn from one another and collaborate on strategic and high priority issues.  To ensure an effective collaborative environment, ELC attendance is capped at 850 executives with a 1:3 (government to industry) ratio.  Held each October in Pennsylvania Convention Center begins on Sunday evening and concludes at noon on Wednesday.  ELC is a members-only event.




Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 3:30pm to 7:00pm

Events and Forums

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm