Foundry Internet Law Pub Trivia Night 2016 – Successful Nerd Bonding

Over 110 tech policy and law geeks gathered at DC’s second annual Internet Law and Policy Trivia night, hosted by the Foundry in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and sponsored by tech law shop ZwillGen and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Many of the district’s most prominent tech policy groups competed for bragging rights, including the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, New America’s Open Technology Institute, Public Knowledge, Upturn, Federal Trade Commission, Georgetown Law School, and Covington & Burling. In addition many combatants represented organizations such as Google, FCC, Capitol Hill, and TechFreedom.

Heavyweight contestants included OSTP’s Deputy CTO Alexander Macgillivray, NTIA OPAD chief John Morris, Covington’s Kurt Wimmer, CCIA’s Ali Sternburg, and OTI’s Kevin Bankston.


Foundry Fellow Veronica Torres from Booz Allen Hamilton kicked off the night by introducing renowned cyberlaw quiz master Kurt Opsahl (Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) who traditionally hosts EFF’s famed Cyberlaw Pub Trivia.

With 7 rounds of questions, competition was fierce throughout the night as teams tackled topics from legal pop-culture references to net neutrality, privacy, free speech, and IP–and an epic audio SCOTUS round.

CCIA’s team (You Wouldn’t Reimplement An API…) claimed the championship cup again, represented by four current Foundry Fellows Ali Sternburg, Deborah Goldman, Bijan Madhani, and Chelsea Reckell, joined by Matt Schruers, Dan O’Connor, John Howes, and Kacee Taylor.

The Public Knowledge team (“Malicious Interference”) took home second place, and “Game of Drones” came in third. In a very close fourth place, down by one point was “Hi, who just joined”, the team that also scored the biggest laughs when names were announced.

The Foundry would like to thank Kurt Opsahl, ZwillGen and Booz Allen Hamilton for helping to make the evening possible.

Photos from the event can be seen on Flickr.

The Foundry is supported by the Internet Education Foundation, and is one of the Foundation’s four main projects.