Special Events

Wednesday, September 27

Attendee Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall

12:15 p.m.- 1:15 p.m.
This event is included with all full conference, student exhibit only, and Wednesday single day registrations. See registration desk onsite to purchase tickets for guests.

Women in PNT: Meeting with GNSS Leaders and Legends

12:15 p.m.- 1:45 p.m. - Oregon Ballroom 201


Now in its third year, the Women in PNT event provides an outstanding opportunity for women who are in the early stages of their careers to meet positioning, navigation and timing leaders in a stimulating and supportive environment.

The program is designed to provide participants a brief, ice-breaking, face-to-face meeting with GNSS legends and leaders from industry, academia and government representing a wide variety of interests and specialties - the professionals who have literally created and shaped today’s positioning, navigation and timing platforms.

The event will be organized in a round-robin interview style, where you will have approximately two minutes to talk one-on-one with one of the invited leaders, and then will move to another leader, then another. These brief meetings will make it easier for you to engage later with these and other professionals during the remainder of the ION GNSS+ meeting and beyond.

You are encouraged to come to this event prepared with:

  1. a short statement about yourself - who you are, your goals and experiences, etc.,
  2. prepared questions, and
  3. printed contact/business cards. Additionally, think about what you want from these meetings. This Women in PNT event promises to be your most important networking opportunity of the year. All the big names, all in one place, waiting to meet and engage with you.

Following the formal exercise, an informal networking lunch will be provided to all event participants. Please arrive at the event promptly as the event’s design will make it difficult to join late.

Biographies of participating Leaders and Legends

Exhibitor Hosted Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall

Join the ION GNSS+ 2017 exhibitors as they host a social evening of information and cuisine. All exhibit booths will be open during the exhibitor-hosted reception. Take this opportunity to review developments in GNSS technology, talk shop, get the specifics directly from the vendors, and learn about what has been happening in the GNSS marketplace during the past year. This event is included with any type of registration. Spouses and traveling companions 21 years of age and older are welcome to attend.

Thursday, September 28

Attendee Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., Exhibit Hall
This event is included with all full conference, student exhibit only and Thursday single day registrations. See registration desk onsite to purchase tickets for guests.

Friday, September 29

Johannes Kepler and Bradford W. Parkinson Awards Luncheon

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Oregon Convention Center

The purpose of the Kepler Award is to honor an individual for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. All members of the ION are eligible. Please submit names for consideration with a supporting letter to the Satellite Division Awards Committee Chair via the ION website prior to June 30.

The Bradford Parkinson Award, which honors Dr. Parkinson for his leadership in establishing both the U.S. Global Positioning Systems and the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation, is given to an outstanding graduate student in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems. The award includes a personalized plaque and a $2,500 honorarium. Any graduate student who is an ION member and is completing a degree program with an emphasis on GNSS technology, applications, or policy is eligible. Applications must be received by June 30. See the Kepler Award Nomination Form for application requirements.

This event is included with a full, or Friday single day, conference registration. Tickets for exhibitors, students and/or guests may be purchased using the registration form in this program or by visiting the ION registration desk onsite.