• J. David Grossman

A Day Without GPS: What Would You Do?

Vote to include GPSIA Panel for #SXSW2019


By: J. David Grossman, Executive Director, GPS Innovation Alliance


Can you imagine a day without GPS? You’re on your way to work and you can’t find the real-time location of the next bus or train. You’re exploring a new city and can’t see the best hotels nearby at the touch of a finger. We depend heavily on GPS on our mobile phones each and every day, from rideshare services to driving directions to geotagging our photos.


But GPS is also so much more. It is vital to homeland security, with myriad uses by federal, state and local governments, including for disaster response and public safety. It’s used in key advancements for drones, driverless vehicles and "Smart Cities," as well as playing a crucial role in supporting critical infrastructure like the electric power grid, financial sector and communications networks.


GPS has improved the efficiency and competitiveness of American businesses and ushered in a whole new generation of applications, from the personal – wearable fitness gear and easy ATM withdrawals – to the industrial – high-precision farming and construction. More than just an integral part of our everyday lives, GPS is critical to our economy and strategic security and it is vital we consider the public policy issues associated with ensuring the long-term strength of this technology.


The GPS Innovation Alliance (GPSIA) is thrilled to have submitted a panel proposal to explore these questions at the 2019 South by Southwest (SXSW). If accepted, the panel: "A Day Without GPS: What Would You Do?" will discuss the current state of GPS technology and the innumerable ways it impacts our daily lives – from what we think of instinctively to what advancements may lie ahead in the future.


The proposed panel would feature influential speakers from a range of perspectives:

GPSIA pitched the panel through the community-selection segment of the conference that enables the public to comment on and vote to include specific sessions. Community voting is open August 6 – August 30, 2018. Can you take a moment to ‘vote up’ GPSIA’s panel for the 2019 SXSW? You can vote here: https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/83015.


SXSW is an annual conference and festival series highlighting new trends in technology, culture, music, and film and featuring sessions, showcases, screenings, and exhibitions on a diverse range of industry innovations. The upcoming SXSW will take place March 8-17, 2019, in Austin, Texas.


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