Gamechangers: CRISPR, Energy Breakthroughs, A/R

Sep 14th - Sep 16th 2020
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
McLean, VA

A handful of technologies have the potential to change not just an industry, but our entire way of life. We’ll take an in-depth look at some the most dramatic impending disruptions—and make no mistake, though the timing is uncertain, they are all coming.

  • CRISPR and the $1 Genome
  • Nearly Free Energy (e.g., cold fusion, advanced solar, battery breakthroughs)
  • A Google Glass That Works (augmented reality)

We’ll also consider some other inevitable trends, such as global warming; the end of privacy; fully autonomous cars, drones, and airplanes; precise and accurate weather forecasting; quantum computing; and seeding the planet with a quadrillion sensors

  • Monday September 14
  • Tuesday September 15
  • Wednesday September 16
  • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    First-Timers Reception

  • 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM


  • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Dinner (Buffet)

  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

    Conference Welcome

  • 8:50 AM - 9:00 AM

    TTI/Vanguard Announcements

  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  • 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    End of First Conference Day

  • 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM


  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM


  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


  • 5:50 PM - 6:00 PM

    TTI/Vanguard Announcements

  • 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Meeting Closes


The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

United States

1700 Tysons Boulevard
McLean, VA 22102


Reservations and Travel

Hotel Reservation Deadline
Monday, August 24


TTI/Vanguard Group Hotel Rate
TTI/Vanguard has arranged a discounted block of rooms at the The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for USD $279 per night ++.


Online Reservations 
CLICK HERE  for online reservations at the The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.  No Code Required.   

Telephone Reservations
Please call the hotel directly at +1 703-506-4300. Please identify yourself as part of the TTI/Vanguard Group to receive our group rate. 

U.S. Government Attendees 
To receive the government rate and to guarantee your reservation, please contact Robin Lockett with your check-in and check-out dates. Robin can be reached at +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245 or

Due to the limited amount of per diem rooms available to our group, only U.S. Government agencies will be able to receive the per diem rate.  Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the government rate to FFRDC’s. This rate is valid through August 24 or until the government room block fills, whichever comes first. Reservations made after that date are on a space available basis. We recommend booking your room early! 

Important Hotel Reservation Notes:

  1. The group rate is available through August 24.
  2.  Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  3.  Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  4.  Changes and cancellations to hotel reservations are responsibility of the attendee. TTI/Vanguard is unable to make these changes on your behalf. 
  5.  Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations/Modifications must be made 72 hours prior to the day of arrival or you will be charged a full room night with tax.


If you have any questions, please contact our meeting planner, Robin Lockett at +1 310.394.8305, ext. 245 or

Ronald Regan International Airport (DCA)
12 Miles from the hotel
Estimated taxi fare: $60 USD (one way)

Dulles International Airport (IAD)
14 Miles from the hotel
Estimated taxi fare: $50 USD (one way)

Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI)
46 Miles from the hotel
Estimated taxi fare: $140 USD (one way)

From the Metro
Take the Silver Line and exit off at the Tysons Corner Station, which is located 1.5 blocks from hotel.


Hotel Parking
• Self-parking in two adjacent garages, $12 per exit
• Overnight valet parking is $45 per day
• Day Valet parking is $25 per day

TTI/Vanguard gladly welcomes your guest/spouse to any of our reception/dinner functions. Guests/spouses may attend breakfasts but only after the conference has begun (8:30 am–9:30 am). Please note: Guests/spouses cannot be accommodated inside our conferences, workshops, on field trips, or at our working breakfasts and lunches.

Dress for TTI/Vanguard conferences is business casual.

Wireless Internet connectivity will be provided during the meeting.


For questions, you can call + 1310.394.8305 or email:

Event Logistics including Hotel: Robin Lockett at  or ext. 245. 
Membership/Attendance Questons: Claudia Miklas at at  or ext. 231.