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Countdown to Geography 2050: The Future of Mobility

October 12, 2017

The American Geographical Society’s fourth annual Fall Symposium is next month – the countdown is on, and the SNI team is looking forward to the event!

Academics, researchers, business leaders, policy makers, and other AGS fellows will spend two days studying, networking, and exploring “The Future of Mobility” at this year’s Geography 2050 symposium, which takes place Nov. 16-17 at Columbia University in New York, NY.

Human geography has always been shaped by our ability to move from place to place — whether by the ships that enabled trade between continents or the automobiles, railways, and airplanes that allow people explore both familiar and foreign lands.

This year, AGS Symposium attendees will consider how new and emerging innovations in mobility will affect the geography of our world.

Driverless cars, drone delivery, hyperloops, commercial space travel, and other new advancements have the potential to redefine our concept of space and time, and make things that we could have never imagined possible a reality.

The question this year’s speakers and attendees seek to answer is: How do we ensure these developments make the world a better place?


This year’s presenters include:

Dr. Parag Khanna – Leading global strategist, best-selling author, and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore

Giles Rhys Jones – Chief Marketing Office at what3words, a new global address system that identifies a 3 m x 3 m square anywhere on the planet with just three words

Linda Bailey – Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Davis Hackenbert – Deputy Project Manager for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Project at Armstrong Flight Research Center

Bruce Upbin – Vice President of Strategic Communications for Hyperloop One, an autonomous, emission-free mode of transportation that will affordably connect cities at the speed of an airplane

Sandra Philips – Founder, CEO, and Shared Mobility Architect at Movmi, a boutique agency specializing the planning, implementation, and launch of new mobility services such as carsharing and bikesharing

Established in 1851, the AGS is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States, recognized around the world as a pioneer in geographical research and education.

To read more about this year’s symposium and register, visit geography2050.org/.

A few of us from the SNI team will be in New York for the event. If you’re attending, please stop by and say “Hi!”