Special Events

Wednesday, September 22

Attendee Luncheon

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.

Evening Free Time in the Exhibit Hall

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall
Visit this year’s exhibitors 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. 

Guises and Glow

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., 20th Street Patio
Join your fellow ION GNSS+ attendees and exhibitors after-hours, for a “light” hearted outdoor evening of delicious St. Louis fare, cash bar, and musical entertainment. Wear a mask depicting your favorite character - the more creative, the better - and compete for a prize! This event is included with any type of registration. Spouses and traveling companions 21 and older are welcome. Masks will be required for attendees while not eating.

Thursday, September 23

Attendee Luncheon 

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., 
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 24

Johannes Kepler and Bradford W. Parkinson Awards Luncheon

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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.

Additionally, Google will be presenting awards for Smartphone Decimeter Challenge.

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.