2017 CTIA Wireless Foundation Year-In-Review

by Anderson Sullivan | Dec 31, 2017

With multiple PulsePoint launches in marquee communities, over 500 entries for Drive Smart and a successful FCC Expo showing the power of mobile virtual reality, 2017 was a banner year for CTIA Wireless Foundation.

Here are just some of those highlights from the Foundation’s 26th year:

Celebrating Wireless at HONORS 2017
In May, industry and policymakers gathered at HONORS to celebrate the use of wireless technology as a force for good.

Congressman Greg Walden, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was recognized with the 2017 Wireless Champion Award for his work on spectrum allocation and siting reform to help bring communities the civic and economic benefits of 5G. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn received the Mobile Life Award for her dedication to mHealth initiatives and closing the digital divide.

Watch a recap of HONORS here.

$25,000 in Scholarships through Drive Smart

The 2017 Drive Smart contest brought in over 500 video entries by high school students across the United States. The fourth annual contest educated young people by asking them to create original videos about the dangers of distracted driving.

Earlier in April, Distracted Driving Awareness Month, CTIA Wireless Foundation presented scholarships to six students who won prizes for their creative submissions to the third annual contest. The grand prize entry from that year was viewed over 1 million times in the first 48 hours after its release.

Watch the top videos from the third-annual Drive Smart Contest here, and stay tuned for winners from this year, which will be announced in April 2018!

FCC Expo Showcasing Mobile VR
CTIA Wireless Foundation hosted the Mobile Virtual Reality Expo at the FCC in November, highlighting how wireless networks will unleash the power of VR.

Intel, Google and Verizon exhibited educational uses of virtual reality, while Samsung, Qualcomm, AT&T, Immerge Labs and Limbix showed ways VR is improving healthcare. Over 400 people attended the private event, including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Watch a recap of the FCC Mobile VR Expo here.

Community PulsePoint Launches
CTIA Wireless Foundation continued to sponsor the deployment of a life-saving mobile app in communities across the country.

In February, Senator Mazie Hirono joined Honolulu Emergency Medical Services Department to announce the launch of PulsePoint in Honolulu, Hawaii. In October the Foundation sponsored the apps launch in Washington, D.C., with an event that featured Mayor Muriel Bowser, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Chief Gregory Dean, Director of Unified Communications Karima Holmes, and CTIA Wireless Foundation Secretary Jamie Hastings.

Thanks to grants by CTIA Wireless Foundation, the app also launched in Coral Springs, Florida in March and the greater Kansas City region in August.

Watch the story of the live-saving power of wireless and PulsePoint here.


Drones for Public Safety
CTIA Wireless Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to begin a program that will provide grants to select first responders to deploy drones for public safety. The Foundation’s grants will include necessary equipment, flight training and required FAA authorizations.


Welcoming 2018
CTIA Wireless Foundation thanks everyone who helped make 2017 its best year yet and looks forward to building on those successes in 2018.

Happy New Year from our family to yours!