CTIA Wireless Foundation’s HONORS 2018 brought together key industry members and policymakers on May 15 in Washington, D.C.
The annual event celebrates the ways wireless improves the lives of Americans, and this year, 5G took center stage as the Foundation recognized those who serve as champions for enabling transformative technology.
Hosted at the United States Institute of Peace and emceed by NBC4’s Jim Handly, the event celebrated the use of wireless to change lives, honored those who have been champions for improving communities through technology and provided attendees a fun night of food, drinks and music.
This year, the Foundation recognized three outstanding individuals: Representative Debbie Dingell and Representative Susan Brooks were co-recipients of the Wireless Champion Award, and FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly accepted the Mobile Life Award.
“This is always a special evening,” CTIA Wireless Foundation President Meredith Attwell Baker began. “Because HONORS is a celebration. A celebration of how wireless is a force for good, for positive change. A celebration of how people and communities use wireless to connect in new ways. To make their lives, all of our lives, better.”
Illustrating that point, Baker introduced a video which told the story of Nolan, a boy who received life-saving CPR thanks to PulsePoint. The app alerts CPR-trained citizens to cardiac arrest situations in their vicinity so they can administer aid until first responders arrive. CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud to have sponsored the deployment of the PulsePoint app in communities across the country.
“We promote and support wireless technologies that save lives,” said Baker. “Nolan is living, breathing proof of the power of wireless.”
Baker also had the honor of recognizing the evening’s award recipients, starting with FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. O’Rielly has been a champion for forward-thinking policies that promote innovation and investment, and he has worked tirelessly for transparency and accountability regarding the diversion of 9-1-1 fees.
O’Rielly, a career civil servant, also noted the importance of using technology responsibly. He told the crowd about his personal pledge to keep his eyes on the road when driving and urged those in attendance to do the same.
“For those of us in public service, the goal is to improve the lives of Americans,” said O’Rielly after accepting the 2018 Mobile Life Award.
Baker then recognized Congresswoman Susan Brooks and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell as co-recipients of the 2018 Wireless Champion Award.
In 2017, they co-founded the bipartisan Congressional 5G Caucus, and as its co-chairs, they work together to educate members about 5G technologies and the key role next-generation wireless plays in American economic growth and digital innovation.
Congresswoman Dingell accepted on their behalf and spoke to their continued dedication to supporting emerging technologies and improving local communities and American lives.
“I don’t think of us as bipartisan, I think of [Congresswoman Brooks] as a friend, and we both want to make sure that this country stays at the forefront of innovation,” said Dingell. “Thank you for this honor.”
The evening’s program also included remarks from Marcelo Claure, Executive Chairman of Sprint Corporation, and Mike Finley, President of North America and Australia for Qualcomm.
Claure expanded on the theme the transformative power of wireless and applauded this year’s award recipients.
Finley highlighted how the 5G revolution will reinvent connectivity and how we use everyday technology. To give guests tangible and visual ways to experience this, Qualcomm, the event’s Presenting Sponsor, showcased an interactive connected car and an engaging simulation of 5G download speeds.
CTIA Wireless Foundation is proud of another successful HONORS and would like to thank the more than 250 guests who came to show their support and the evening’s sponsors for making it all possible.