Connectivity is the Revolution! Thought Leadership Forum (Fall 2019)

(Dates and Venue to be confirmed) The 4th Connectivity is the Revolution! Thought Leadership Forum will take place in Fall 2019 Geeks Without Frontiers’ Thought Leadership Forum will focus on technological innovations, delivering digital access to underserved communities, emerging global challenges, and financially sustainable broadband business plans. To attend and learn more about the event contact info@geekswf.org or visit www.connectivityforum.org.

The 4th Connectivity is the Revolution! Thought Leadership Forum will take place in Fall 2019 (Dates and Venue to be confirmed).

Geeks Without Frontiers’ Thought Leadership Forum will focus on technological innovations, delivering digital access to underserved communities, emerging global challenges, and financially sustainable broadband business plans.

The 2018 Connectivity is the Revolution! Thought Leadership Forum program sessions included:

8:00 am – Breakfast Briefing with NSR

8:50 am – Welcome, David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers

9:00- 9:30 am – Fireside Chat“Bridging the Digital Divide”  with Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman

Moderator: David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers

9:30-10:30 am – C-Level Roundtable: “Profitability at the Bleeding Edge: Fact or Fiction?”  Delivering digital access into unserved communities is nothing new; doing it profitably is the trick. This session will draw upon a panel of seasoned executives who have survived to share the latest lessons learned from the “School of Hard Knocks”… and implications for the future of financially sustainable broadband.

Moderators: John Morris, Co-Founder, Geeks Without Frontiers &Michael Potter, Co-Founder, Geeks Without Frontiers

?Speakers: Andrew Beard,  CEO & Co-Founder, Vanu Inc; Troy Etulain, Project Director, Digital Solutions, FHI360; Jean-Philippe Gillet, Vice President and General Manager, Broadband, Intelsat; Darrell Owen, President, Owen & Owen; Lene Sjorslev Schulze, Head of Business Development, Bluetown

10:45-11.45 am Shark Tank: “Show Me Your Business Case (and I’ll Show You Mine)” Connectivity business cases that will stand up in a low-ARPU environment — and that will remain standing — have traditionally been the exception, not the rule. As industry and government intensify efforts to bridge the Digital Divide, innovative approaches increasingly are being pitched to potential investors. Here’s two.

Speakers: Evan Buck, Strategic Business Development, Community WiFi, Viasat & Sergio Murillo, Co-Founder & CEO, Red52

?11:45-12:45 pm – Roundtable: “No Bucks, No Buck Rogers… Bottoming Out the Bottom Line From the Bottom Up” Zillions of dollars worth of investment are being poured into the development of exotic connectivity solutions that promise to bring billions of would-be customers within reach. But… do the numbers really add up when the spreadsheet is based on, say, crowdsourcing? Crypto and blockchain? Digital marketplaces? This session’s experts have sharpened their pencils.

Moderators: Gary Fowlie, Ex Officio, ITU & John Morris, Co-Founder, Geeks Without Frontiers

Speakers: Ferdinand van Ingen, Senior Industry Specialist TMT, International Finance Corp.;  Niall Murphy, Co-Founder & CEO, EVRYTHNG; Jehan Tremback,  Co-Founder, Althea Mesh;  Niels Zibrandsten, Founder, Zibra

1:00 – 1:45 pm Presentation – ” Secure Digital Wallet for a Billion People” Speaker: Steven Sprague, CEO, Rivetz

1:45 – 2:00 pm – Keynote – “Off Grid, Open Source, Low Earth Orbit, Quantum Key Connectivity… With Attitude” From Cloud-based solutions to crypto, and from blockchain to low Earth orbit mega-constellations, today’s technology advances are converging to drive connectivity at a rate that is without historical precedent. Or are they? The keynote speaker will cut through the hype to provide answers.

Keynote Speaker: Mike Cook, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America, Hughes

2:00- 3:15 pm – “Doing Well by Doing Good: Are Forcibly Displaced Communities a ‘Market’”? Or a charity? Having recently launched the HumanityConnect! Initiative — a collaboration of stakeholders with an interest in reconnecting refugees and disaster-affected communities — Geeks Without Frontiers is inviting a “Coalition of the Willing” to provide answers. Seventy-five minutes of no-holds-barred brainstorming will draw upon insights from session and audience thought leaders alike.

Moderators: Robert Bell, President, SSPI &David Hartshorn, CEO, Geeks Without Frontiers                      

Speakers: Jose-Luis Rodriguez, President, Campo Rico Group; Richard Thanki, Co-Founder, Jangala; Forrest Wilhoit,  Senior Program Manager, NetHope/USAID Alliance GBI; John Morris, Co-Founder, Geeks Without Frontiers

3:45-5.00 – The Game Plan – Rewriting the Rules Geeks’ Thought Leadership Forum will conclude with a roundup of key conclusions drawn from the day’s proceedings and will go several steps further: Objectives will be defined. Actions will be identified. And timelines will be set. Attend the final session to explore your role as a provider of revolutionary connectivity solutions.

To attend and learn more about the event contact info@geekswf.org or visit www.connectivityforum.org.

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October 01, 2019

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