2022 Summit Program

The 2022 Connecting the Unconnected Summit will be held as a 3-day virtual event, from 1-3 November and lasting about 3 hours each day. Registration is complimentary – you can register here or join if you’ve already registered.

Day 1 – all times Eastern US
10:00 AM – 10:15 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
10:15 AM – 10:35 AMKeynote: Benoit Pelletier, VMware
“Creating Meaningful Innovations Together by Keeping the Human in the Center of Technologies”
10:35 AM – 10:50 AMInvited Talk: Rami Amin, World Bank –
“Digital Connectivity Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Countries”
10:50 AM to 11:35 AMParallel Tracks:
Panel 1: Infrastructure for CTU
Edward J. Oughton, George Mason University
• Marja Matinmikko-Blue, University of Oulu
• Pranav Jha, IIT Bombay
• Lee Davenport, US Ignite
• Bilel Jamoussi, ITU
Panel 2: Connectivity & Global Challenges
• Chris Ng, Blue Danube Systems
• Radha Ganti, IIT Madras
• Catherine Rosenberg, University of Waterloo
Charles Lewis, ICASA
Luciano Mendes, National Institute of Telecommunications
11:35 AM to 11:45 AMbreak
11:45 AM to 12:05 PMInvited Talk: Vint Cerf, Google –
“How will we know if we have succeeded in CTU??”
12:05 AM to 12:25 PMCTU Challenge Winners:
• Best Proof of Concept, sponsored by VMware
• 1st Place, Technical Applications
12:25 PM to 12:30PMClosing Remarks
12:30 PM to 13:00 PM• Open Discussion with Awardees (Individual Breakout Rooms)
• Exhibit Booth Visits
Day 2 – all times Eastern US
9:00 AM – 9:05 AMOpening Remarks
9:05 AM – 9:25 AMKeynote: Dr. Mohammed Alotaibi, Saudi Arabia Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
“Releasing the potential of the Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) to Connect the Unconnected”
9:25 AM – 9:40 AMInvited Talk: Mahesh Krishnaswamy, Project Taara
“Wireless Optical Communication: Connecting people using beams of light”
9:40 AM – 10:25 AMParallel Tracks:
Panel 3: Business Models for CTU
Salvatore D’Itri, Grace Innovations
• Fisseha Mekuria, Malmö University / CSIR
• Satyam Darmora, WIOM/I2E1
• Rajeev Gopal, Hughes
Panel 4: Community Enablement for CTU
• Mei Lin Fung, People-Centered Internet
• Mohammed Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University
• Bharat Bhatia, ITU-APT and WWRF
• Thomas Koutsky, USAID
10:25 AM – 10:35 AMBreak
10:35 AM – 10:55 AMLightning Talks:
• Micheal Brough, M2Catalyst
• Eric Nitschke, Wakoma
• Abdullateef Aliyu, IEEE Smart Village
• Joaquin Aviles, i4SD
10:55 AM – 11:25 AMCTU Challenge Winners:
• Best Overall, Concept Only, sponsored by Connecting the World from the Skies
• 1st Place, Business Model Proof of Concept
• 1st Place, Community Enablement Proof of Concept
11:25 AM – 11:30 AMClosing Remarks
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM• Open Discussion with Awardees (Individual Breakout Rooms)
• Exhibit Booth Visits
Day 3 – all times Eastern US
9:00 AM – 9:05 AMOpening Remarks
9:05 AM – 9:20 AMKeynote: J Nicholas Laneman, Spectrum X
9:20 AM – 9:30 AMInvited Talk: Jason Winborn, AT&T
9:30 AM – 9:40 AMInvited Talk: Josef Noll, University of Oslo
9:40 AM – 10:25 AMParallel Tracks:
Panel 5: Policy & Regulatory Issues
• William Lehr, MIT
• Dennis Roberson, Roberson and Associates
• Monisha Ghosh, Notre Dame
• Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, One Web
• V Sridhar, IIIT Bangalore
Panel 6: Standards: Opportunities & Challenges
• Jorge Pereira, European Commission
  • Munir Mohammed. IEEE Standards Association
  • Kentaro Ishizu, NICT
Subhas Mondal, HFCL
Sandeep Agarwal, Chair, IEEE SA P2872
10:25 AM – 10:35 AMBreak
10:35 AM – 10:55 AMLightning Talks:
• Rob Schneider, The Lemelson Foundation
• Filippo Malandra, SUNY Buffalo
Rahma Utami, Suarise
10:55 AM – 11:25 AMCTU Challenge Winners x3
11:25 AM – 11:30 AMClosing Remarks
11.30 AM – 11.50 AM• Open Discussion with Awardees (Individual Breakout Rooms)
• Exhibit Booth Visits

Theme

Innovation for sustainable and inclusive connectivity

The IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Summit

The IEEE CTU Summit is an annual multi-day event where experts and thought leaders convene to discuss the issue of internet connectivity. Regulators, standards setting bodies, non-profits, international companies, and other experts will meet to share current thinking on critical topics of innovation and connectivity.

The Summit also serves as an Awards Ceremony for the IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge. Winners of the Challenge will have an opportunity to present their solutions in front of this global audience and receive public recognition for their IEEE awards.