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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.

Each year ACT-IAC hosts three major conferences and training events for the government IT community.  These are described below.   Most ACT-IAC events accept sponsors.  This an excellent way to gain visibility for your company and have a direct impact on improving government.

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ACQUISITION EXCELLENCE - July 21, 2020, Marriott Marquis

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.


health innovation day

An event centered around Health Innovation within the federal space where industry, private sector, academia and others can discuss, share, and provide innovative updates and changes on innovative technology, tools, products and services in the health field.  Health Innovation Day is a one-day event held in early to late spring.  Attendance is approximately 400.

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 - October 25-28, 2020 - Pennsylvania Convention Center

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 the Pennsylvania Convention Center begins on Sunday evening and concludes at noon on Wednesday.




Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 4:00am to Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 4:00am

Events and Forums

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

COI Meetings

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm