5G Futures


Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:55pm
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Virtual Event

12:00 Welcome Remarks

12:02pm 5G: Smart Bases and Military Operations

  • Sachin Shetty, Executive Director of the Center for Secure & Intelligent Critical Systems, Old Dominion University
  • Patrick Tucker, Technology Editor, Defense One


As threats to national security grow and evolve, so too must the tools we use to combat them. Join Defense One as we sit down with the leaders behind the growing modernization movement across the Department of Defense to learn why they see the battlefield evolving and how they’re using 5G to change their approach on everything from military bases to communication technologies to stay ahead in a competitive environment.

12:27pm Congressional Spotlight Session

  • Congressman Rick Larsen, D-WA 2nd District, United States House of Representatives
  • Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One

12:54pm Lunch Break

1:10pm 5G: Smart Cities

  • Alena Stern, Senior Data Scientist, Urban Institute
  • Jordan Sun, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Jose, California
  • Jean Dimeo, Managing Editor, Route Fifty


The cities of the future are only as effective as the technologies that build and define them. Join Route Fifty as they sit down with the leaders behind municipal modernization efforts across the country and learn about the teams behind the technology, and the steps and best practices they’re employing to better the lives of their communities through technological enhancements.

1:55pm 5G: Smart Technologies and Capabilities

  • Sal D'itri, Executive Committee, National Spectrum Consortium
  • Edward Parkinson, Chief Executive Officer, FirstNet
  • Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor for Technology and Events, Nextgov


From fiber optics to first responders, the proliferation of advanced high speed technology has facilitated the growth of nearly every community and organization across the country. In this session, Nextgov will meet with the teams behind the tech, talking with communication and standards leaders across the federal space to learn how and why the proliferation of 5G is so consequential to their work and the future at large.

2:40pm Session Presented by Verizon

  • John Harris, Federal Director of Mobility Solutions, Verizon
  • Laurie Diamond, Senior Director of Strategic Accounts, GovExec

Underwritten by Verizon

2:55pm Closing Remarks