On 13 April, the IEEE Internet Initiative, in conjunction with the World Bank, held the Global Connect Stakeholders: Advancing Solutions event in Washington, DC. As a pre-event to the April 14th Global Connect Initiative High-Level meeting, it was a multi-stakeholder workshop on network technical, regulation and build-out acceleration options for connecting the next billion, with a focus on exploration of associated challenges and real-world solutions.
The event program was a blend of interactive and dynamic working sessions, lightning talks from various global players, including IEEE members, and a World Café. IEEE Technical Activities Vice President Elect Marina Ruggieri led the day's events alongside United States CTO Megan Smith, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Cathy Novelli and ITU General Secretary Houlin Zhao.
In an entrepreneurial spirit, Global Connect Stakeholders: Advancing Solutions focused on innovative technical options and solutions for addressing the infrastructure challenges of providing Internet access to under-developed and under-served communities and regions, with a focus on accelerating roll-outs across the globe.
IEEE Technical Activities Vice President Elect Marina Ruggieri provides background on IEEE – linking global standards from the past, present and future – and the IEEE Internet Initiative’s role in connecting technical and policymaking communities.
Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, shares inspiration for the event to talk through solving challenges across global regions to accelerate growth with practical solutions and prioritized next steps.
Lightning Talk On Strategies For Supporting Better Connectivity - Global Connect Stakeholders: Advancing Solutions
Participants address the relationship between access to Internet and other digital technologies, digital policies and regulations, human resources, ICT services industry and strategic applications in the public and private sectors. Sources of demand are discussed as they may apply to developing country contexts.
Opening Forum Discussion With Catherine A. Novelli And Houlin Zhao - Global Connect Stakeholders: Advancing Solutions
IEEE Technical Activities Vice President Elect Marina Ruggieri discusses with Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Cathy Novelli, and Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General,how to bring together technology and policy stakeholders to find technical solutions and discover how they intersect with policy to bridge the gap and connect more than 60 percent of the world’s population to the Internet.
Lightning Talk On Regional Status, Technologies And The Unconnected - Global Connect Stakeholders: Advancing Solutions
Connecting the unconnected will require collective innovation and a range of potential solutions, but these solutions can vary among geographic regions. Panelists address the geographic and technical solutions landscape to supply affordable access and connectivity.
Event participants share insights and results from group discussions addressing the infrastructure challenges of providing Internet access to under-developed and under-served communities and regions, with a focus on accelerating roll-outs across the globe.
Event participants share insights and results from group discussions for regional recommendations to advance solutions to connect the next billion.
This working panel focuses on consolidating the prioritized outputs of the day and framing them in the context of potential programs and next steps. In short, addressing the “who, what, where, when and why/how,” including comments and questions from event participants.
Event closing remarks from Melanie Walker, Senior Advisor to the President, World Bank, on paving the road ahead and Marina Ruggieri, IEEE Technical Activities Vice President Elect.