FOSE opens up at new digs

The new Washington Convention Center, covering six square blocks over 17 acres, is D.C.'s biggest building; FOSE is its coming-out party.

Henrik G. DeGyor

Workers put the finishing touches last week on the new Washington Convention Center, which opens this week with FOSE 2003.

The 27th edition of FOSE, presented by Post Newsweek Tech Media of Washington'parent company of GCN and Washington Technology'runs Tuesday through Thursday. It includes more than 400 IT exhibitors on a show floor of more than 100,000 square feet, plus a full schedule of keynote speeches, conferences, panel discussions, theater sessions and other informational gatherings.

Among the standing features on the show floor are the Homeland Security Center, demonstrating domestic defense systems in use around the country, the Small Business Pavilion and E-Town, an expanded version of last year's display of state and local e-government initiatives.

Tuesday's events also include the presentation of the GCN Best New Technology Awards at FOSE in 14 product categories, plus a Best in Show award and a special Judge's Award.

For more information on FOSE, go to www.fose.com. For coverage during the week, check out www.gcn.com.

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