Connectivity is the Revolution! 2016

"Connectivity is the Revolution!" is a one day Thought Leadership Forum examining how to accelerate village connectivity with the possibility of positively impacting a billion people over the next decade.


Our Thought Leader Panelists Include:

  • World Bank
  • State Department
  • International Finance Corporation
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • SES
  • O3B Satellite Network
  • ManSat
  • Bluetown
  • Dentons
  • Global Connect


Friday, October 21
9:30am – Cofffee
9:30am – Welcome & Introduction – Scott PaceDirector of the Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
9:40am – “The Connectivity Challenge” – Michael Potter, Geeks Without
9:45am – Col. B. Alvin Drew, NASA Astronaut, former White House Office of
Science and Technology Policy
10:00-11:30am – Village Connectivity – Sustainable Internet to Villages

Moderator : Chris Stott, Founder ManSat

  • Mogens Birk, VP, Partnerships & Alliances at Bluetown, Denmark
  • Suzanne Ma lloy, VP, Regulatory Affairs, O3B
  • John Garrity, Senior Connectivity Advisor, USAID
  • Robert Pepper, Global Connectivity and Technology Policy, Facebook

11:30-11:45am – Coffee Break
11:45-1:00pm – Satellite “Open Skies” – Accelerating Village Connectivity

Moderator : Del Smith, Senior Space Business Counsel at Dentons

  • Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EchoStar
  • Petra Vorwig, Senior Legal & Regulatory Counsel , SES
  • Gonzalo de Dios, Associate General Counsel, Intelsat
  • Laureen R. Cook, Principal TMT Advisor IFC, World Bank

1:00-2pm – Lunch
2:00-3:30pm – VillageConnect – “Dig Once!” & Fiber to the Village

Moderator : M. Aya Kiy, Geeks Without Frontiers
Keynote: “Dig Once – International Model Law” John Morris, Geeks Without
Frontiers & Author of Model Dig Once Legislation

  • Manu Bhardwaj, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for
    Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment
  • Samia Melhem, Lead ICT policy officer, World Bank
  • Hibah Kamal-Grayson, Senior Analyst, International Public Policy, Google
  • Niels Zibrandtsen, Founder of Global Connect, Internet Infrastructure
    company – Denmark

3:30-4:00pm – Concluding Remarks and Call to Action

Download Agenda (Adobe PDF)

Organized in Conjunction with the George Washington University
Space Policy Institute

Geeks Without Frontiers - Connectivity is the Revolution

Event Date & Time

October 21, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm

Event Location

George Washington University (City View & State conference rooms)
1957 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
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