March 9, 2021

June 10, 2021

September 9, 2021

December 2, 2021

Main Stage Sessions

All times EST and subject to change


Welcome Remarks

George Jackson, Director of Events, Government Executive Media Group



Fact or Fiction: 5G Will Make You Sick

Dr. Ryan Vega, Executive Director, Innovation Ecosystem, Discovery, Education & Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration

Brandi Vincent, Staff Correspondent, Nextgov


During this session, we’ll explore the health implicatinos of 5G. How seriously are we taking, and should we take, the possible health risks? What are some potential telemedicine implications of 5G?

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Lunch Break



Fact or Fiction: 5G Will Let China Spy On Us

Bob Kolasky, Assistant Director, National Risk Management Center, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Doug Brake, Director of Broadband and Spectrum Policy, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Kara Frederick, Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One


During this session, we’ll talk about the national security implications of 5G. Are trade wars looming? What’s the deal with Huawei? Join us to find out what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to global 5G.

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Interview with Verizon’s Cornelius Brown: Advancing the Mission of the DoD with 5G

Cornelius Brown, Director, Department of Defense, Verizon

Daniela Fayer, Publisher, Defense One


The future of DoD’s 5G ecosystem will be shaped by global competition. Verizon is a key player. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company invested heavily in 5G -- to accelerate deployment, improve nationwide service, launch a dynamic spectrum-sharing capability, build on a framework of Zero Trust, and more. It’s become one of the largest infrastructure projects in the United States. In this session, Verizon’s Cornelius Brown will detail those efforts and offer best practices for Department of Defense leaders who want to go from PowerPoints to use cases that tap the potential of 5G technology.

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Coffee Break



Fact or Fiction: 5G is Magic

Jeff Cichonski, Cybersecurity Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Dr. Thyaga Nandagopal , Directorate of Computer & Information Science and Engineering (CISE), National Science Foundation

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President, Public Knowledge


During this session, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of 5G technology. We’ll investigate what’s new and different from 4G, current 5G experiments, and the practical uses of 5G. How should the U.S. be thinking about 5G from a technology point of view? Join us to find out.

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Navigating New Requirements to Harness the Power of 5G

Morné Erasmus, Director, Smart Spaces, CommScope


The advent of 5G entails a variety of new requirements for wireless communication like faster connections, high user density, and resilient networks that need to be in place before now meets next. In this informative and fast-paced session, CommScope Director of Smart Spaces Morné Erasmus will further examine the “5G is Magic” perspective. He’ll offer real-world analysis of the drivers for 5G, explain how it’s best used inside buildings & bases, and demonstrate why unlicensed access is growing in importance.

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Closing Remarks

George Jackson, Director of Events, Government Executive Media Group