April 14, 2014 — The Hume Center for National Security and Technology will host Jim Simon, founding director of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, as a keynote speaker at the April 2014 Virginia Tech Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) National Security Symposium. The symposium runs from 6:30 p.m. April 23 through April 24 at the Inn at Virginia Tech Skelton Conference Center.
A career CIA officer, Simon was appointed by former president Bill Clinton as the first assistant director of central intelligence for administration. His responsibilities included managing policy and budgets for the 14 intelligence community agencies, and chairing the Homeland Security Intelligence Council.
After retiring from government service, Simon joined Microsoft to lead its development of strategy and technology for solving public-sector challenges at the national, state, and local levels of government.
During the symposium, students and visitors from across the region will have the opportunity to interact with leaders from the intelligence community. Attendance is free and most conference sessions are open to the public.
The conference will open April 23 with poster presentations from students within the Intelligence Community Scholars Program at Virginia Tech. Simon's address will follow at 7:30 p.m.
The second day of the conference will begin at 8:00 a.m., and will include talks and student networking sessions with representatives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, CIA Crimes and Narcotics Center, and Marine Corps Intelligence Activity. ICCAE students will also engage in a panel on careers in the intelligence community.