Marconi Society Events

The Marconi Society holds its own events and is proud to share information about events involving Marconi Society Fellows, Young Scholars and friends that create awareness about important policy issues and scientific breakthroughs in the field of telecommunications and the Internet.

Internet 50 – From FOUNDERS to FUTURISTS

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Birth of the Internet. Setting the Course for the Next 50 Years.

October 29, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Royce Hall | UCLA

On Oct. 29, join Leonard Kleinrock, distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, 50 years to the day when his team sent the first message over the Arpanet, transforming his mathematical theory of packet switching into what would become the modern internet.

Along with the trailblazing Arpanet pioneers, today’s leading technologists and visionaries will discuss the genesis, current state and future aspirations of our connected world.

Hosted by UCLA Samueli School of Engineering


Tentative Agenda

Welcome by Chancellor Block

Mayor Garcetti Remarks and Recognition

Opening Keynote
Why we’re celebrating today and the threads that came together to unleash the Internet.

Founding Fathers of the Arpanet
Listen to the engineers who launched the technology in 1969 that led to the Internet of today.

Giant Organizations of the Internet
The challenge of giant Internet businesses in a sea of disruptive bottom-up innovations.

Business Disruptors
Dealing with democracy, fake news, free speech, hate speech, diversity, responsible technology and a digital conscience.


Performance by Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky

Internet Security and Privacy
A fireside chat about the dark side of the Internet.

Business Disruptors
Meet the mavericks and the technologies that have and may disrupt the Internet as we know it today

Has True Innovation Stalled for Decades?
A powerful debate on technology stagnation and its future trajectory.

Social Disruptors
Combining the power of the crowd with the megaphone of the Internet has created instant impact of enormous scope.

Future Internet Technology
What technologies might we see over the next 50 years? Hear it from the individuals who are poised to make it happen.

Closing Keynote

2019 Marconi Society Awards Dinner and Gala

May 17, 2019, 6:00 – 9:30 pm – Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA

The 2019 Marconi Awards Dinner on May 17 honors cryptographers Taher Elgamal and Paul Kocher for their contributions to Internet communication security by developing SSL / TLS and other key contributions.  Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars also receive their awards.

2019 Marconi Society Young Scholar Symposium

May 17, 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Stanford University

Nothing But Net: How the Net and the Web Will Continue to Shape Our World 

Celebrate 30 years of the World Wide Web with panels of leading young engineers who are creating the future of communications.  We will discuss the latest developments in security, mobility and emerging technologies. 


The core and backbone of the new network:
New technologies and approaches to creating better, faster, cheaper connectivity.
Moderated by Dr. Robert Tkach,
Marconi Fellow and Marconi Society Vice Chair
Director of Advanced Photonics Research at Nokia-Bell Labs
  • Dr. Di Che (2018 Young Scholar, Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Min-Yu Huang (2019 Young Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Dr. Qurrat-Ul-Ain Nadeem (2018 Young Scholar; Researcher, University of British Columbia)
  • Dr. Negar Reiskarimian (2017 Young Scholar, Asst. Prof. MIT,
    July 2019)
  • Bichai Wang (2019 Young Scholar, Tsinghua University)
The edge of the new network:
Realizing the promise of wireless technologies and information theory for applications ranging from health care and self-driving cars to machine learning, neuroscience, and interconnected systems.
Moderated by Dr. Andrea Goldsmith,
Marconi Society Board Member
Stephen Harris Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Dr. Stefania Bartoletti, (2016 Young Scholar; Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, University of Ferrara)
  • Dr. Aakanksha Chowdhery (2012 Young Scholar; Software Engineer, Machine Learning, at Google)
  • Dr. Vasuki Narasimha Swamy (2019 Young Scholar; Research Scientist, Intel Labs)
Executing/implementing/engineering the new network:
Time-tested approaches to bringing technology and ideas to life.
Moderated by Dr. Vinton G. Cerf,
Marconi Fellow and Marconi Society Chair
Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • Dr. Joseph Kakande (2011 Young Scholar; Founder, Elgon Technologies)
  • Dr. Ken Pesyna (2016 Young Scholar; Location Software Engineer)