Special Events

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Welcome Reception & Exhibits Opening
19:00 – 21:30
Exhibition Hall/Sapphire Ballroom A-H/Level 4

Come join your colleagues for an evening of networking and fun at the IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 Opening Reception. Join us in the Sapphire Ballroom where you can enjoy the spectacular nighttime views of the San Diego Bay and skyline, tour the exhibitions, sample some of San Diego’s best micro-brews and food, and hear the music of Southern California with our Beach Boys tribute band.

All registrants and guests are welcome to attend.

Sunday, 6 December - Wednesday, 8 December 2015

Scavenger Hunt

  • Download the Scavify APP & search for IEEE GLOBECOM 2015
  • Runs Sunday, 6 December, 09:00 –Wednesday, 9 December, 09:00
  • Use the Password: San_Diego2015 to join the hunt
  • FitBits to be awarded at Wednesday morning coffee break to top 5 players

Monday, 7 December 2015

Awards Ceremony & Lunch
12:15 – 14:00
Sapphire Ballroom C-H/Level 4

The Awards Ceremony honors the achievements of IEEE and IEEE Communications Society members. The Society’s Career & Service Awards pay tribute to technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession, and humanity. Recipients of these Awards are recognized as the most influential members in their chosen field. Career award recipients are revered for their resolve to discover, extend, or complement technological advancements in education, industry, research and service. Service award recipients are recognized and honored for their distinguished and exemplary service to ComSoc over a sustained period of time. Each year, new recipients join ComSoc’s prestigious award honoree list through a selective nomination and approval process.

This event is included with the full conference registration. Banquet tickets will be collected to ensure eligibility for event attendance. Additional tickets are available at the registration desk.

IEEE Young Professionals & Dialogue with Industry Leaders
18:30 – 20:45
Sapphire Ballroom C-P/Level 4

  • Steve Hart, CTO and Co-Founder, Viasat
  • Ken Stewart, Fellow & Chief Wireless Technologist, Intel
Session #1: IEEE Young Professionals: Advance Your Career to the Next Level

Panelists will give presentations about career paths and growth driver in academia, industry and startup community. Given the diverse nature of the communications field, the panel will provide tips for building a truly global professional network while successfully navigating different cultures.

  • Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, UCSD
  • Yan Hui, CEO/Co-founder, AirHop Communications
  • Mark Pierpoint, Vice President and General Manager, Communications Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
Session #2: Dialogue with Industry Leaders on “Keys to a Successful Career in Communications”

This is an interactive dialogue featuring top-level executives in communications. It is a great opportunity to ask questions regarding career paths, technology directions and trends and importance of a global professional network. This is your chance to participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as you will hear real world solutions from various industry leaders that will help better manage career or business.

  • Peter Gammel, CTO, Skyworks
  • Chen Chang, Founder & CEO, BeeCube/NI, USA.
  • Ken Stewart, Fellow & Chief Wireless Technologist, Intel
  • Mark Pierpoint, Vice President and General Manager, Communications Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

IEEE WIE/WICE Luncheon Panel on Global Innovation Panel
12:15 – 14:00
Aqua Salon C/Level 3

Lunch Hosted by SD WIE & WICE: One-page flyer

What is the impact of globalization on innovation? In this interconnected world of global opportunities and collaboration, this panel will explore the topic of innovation – from academic research and intellectual property view to new locally and globally relevant ideas that inspire entrepreneurship in emerging economies. How is innovation nurtured across the world? Are governments, companies, schools taking advantage of access to technologies and ideas to further innovation? We will hear from a panel of industry experts on efforts at various levels in the engineering and technology communities to define, evolve and advance innovation.

San Diego WIE Chair: Kathy Herring Hayashi
WICE Chair: Octavia A. Dobre
Moderator: Poornima Lalwaney, Senior Director of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc

  • Susan Armstrong, SVP, Engineering, Qualcomm
  • Patricia Robb, Head of Strategic IP and Advanced Platforms/IOT, Intel
  • Martha Dennis, Independent Board Member & Advisor, Emerging Technology Ventures
  • Meryem Simsek, Research Group Leader, Technical University Dresden
Full program available here.

We will also be presenting the WICE award winners for 2015:
  • Outstanding Mentorship
  • Outstanding Service
  • Outstanding Achievements

Conference Banquet
19:00 – 22:00
San Diego Air and Space Museum

The IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 Organizing Committee welcomes you to an exclusive private evening tour of the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park. Come see the history of Aerospace at San Diego’s premier aviation museum, where docents will be available to explain the history surrounding each of the exhibits. Then follow us into the Rotunda for a fine dining experience with your colleagues. After dinner, resume your tour of the museum and try out the flight simulators for a little after-dinner thrill ride.

Bus transportation will begin departing from the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel at 18:30, and will return you to the hotel beginning at 21:15.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

ViaSat Fun Run
San Diego Marina

ViaSat invites you to attend our Fun Run!

Join us Wednesday, December 9 at 6:15am for a 3 mile run along the beautiful San Diego Marina.

Please register here by Tuesday December 8th by 10am.

ViaSat is a San Diego based global broadband services and technology company that is a proud patron of IEEE GLOBECOM 2015.

Don’t forget to pack your running shoes!

AI Session
13:00 – 18:00
Indigo 204A/Level 2

Imagining Futures: Technologies & Experiences of the Next Gen IEEE GLOBECOM Conference

Wrap up the afternoon in an engaging, hands-on session where you will generate insights and predictions to drive the future of convening. Explore how the IEEE GLOBECOM community and communications technology conferences should evolve. Collective feedback gained from this special session will launch us on a trajectory of the communications technology conference of the future.

Session Leaders
  • Susan Root, Julie Amodeo, Caroline Johnson, IEEE Meetings Conferences and Events
Total Participants: 80, no registration required