Connecting the Unconnected at the International Microwave Symposium 2020, Los Angeles (virtual -
The major theme of IMS2020 is "Connectivity Matters." Connectivity is vital to addressing many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. In two words: CONNECTIVITY MATTERS.
This Panel brings together global experts from the technical and policy communities to address the challenge and progress for digital inclusion to the 4 billion people who are unconnected. We are now seeing the emergence of new technology like 5G or low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites. How can the changing landscape, enabled by mobile carriers, equipment makers, and individual engineers, be reached?  
Glenn McKnight, MA 
Virtual School of Internet Governance 
Chief Information Officer