At last night’s launch of The Internet Association, the turnout was cooler than one might think for such a geeky subject matter.
Hot spots at the party included the sushi table and the video graffiti wall, where you could insert yourself via green screen into the White House and the Capitol and then spray paint it with cans of virtual video spray paint. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) was seen getting her virtual spray paint on.
Michael Beckerman, the Association’s alluring founder, opened his remarks by frightening guests, saying that the next portion of the evening was going to be an hour-long powerpoint presentation detailing the history of the Internet since the 1800s. He was thankfully kidding. Speeches were kept to a bare minimum. Drinks included the Dial-Up, a twist on an Old Fashioned and the Uploaded, a fruity pomegranate martini.
See who attended the party publicized by BrandLinkDC.
Photo credits: Daniel Swartz.Noteables: Reps. Fred Upton, Judy Chu, Leonard Lance, Derek Kilmer, John Barrow, GK Butterfield, George Holding, Eric Paulson and Greg Walden. Of course, Michael Beckerman, President and CEO, The Internet Association, as in attendance as was NMPA Prez David Israelite. A swarm of journalists included: Bloomberg TV’s Megan Hughes, Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Erin McPike, NJ‘s Chris Frates and Brian Fung, BuzzFeed‘s Benny Johnson, Karin Tanabe, author of The List, Fox News Producer Lexie Stemple and, of course, Politico‘s Mike Allen. Hill dweller Yebbie Watkins, Chief of Staff to Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) was there along with Speaker Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel, Energy & Commerce staff director Gary Andres, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s policy advisor Kenneth DeGraff. Also spotted: Facebook’s Joel Kaplan, Monster.com‘s Scott Logan, Google’s Pablo Chavez, Yahoo!’s Margaret Nagle, and Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo. Others: Ken Duberstein, Heather Podesta, Trent Duffy, and lobbyist Juleanna Glover.