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Call for Speakers and Session Topics: Deadline, Friday August 26

Do you have an idea for an engaging 60-minute panel discussion or 30-minute power session?  Please review instructions and submit your proposal here. 

Are you interested in being considered as an “expert speaker” for an IWCE curated panel discussion? If so, please review instructions and submit your qualifications here. 

Before you submit, please review the topic areas that we will be talking about at IWCE 2023

What are we looking for?

The IWCE Advisory Board seeks submissions from critical communications leaders in public safety and enterprise, policy makers, incident commanders, hardware and software developers, cybersecurity experts and thought leaders to share what works, what should change and where the future of critical communications is headed. The audience is always eager to hear the details of a real-world case study. Or a discussion including a variety of viewpoints on a Panel Session. We focus on diversity of voice, experience and perspective. 

Please see our list of Tracks and the corresponding topics below. Your topic might fit into more than one track. You will have the opportunity to select two tracks relevant to your topic during the submission process. 

Who is our Audience?

If wireless communications are important to you, you need to attend IWCE! 

IWCE’s conference focuses on the communications challenges faced by professionals in the first-responder and critical-infrastructure sectors, such as public safety, government, utilities, transportation and healthcare. End-user attendees also are joined by decision makers, from elected officials, policy makers and administrative staff to engineers and consultants/professional services personnel.

Communications companies, hardware manufacturers and software developers are among the solution providers typically present at the event, as well as the dealer/product-distribution channel that support these vendors. 

What should my proposal look like?

The main crux of the proposal is an approximately 300-word synopsis of what the talk will be about and what IWCE attendees will take away from your presentation. Please share all relevant information and supporting materials. 

In addition, submitters will need to provide website details like: what the presentation will be called/the title, the format, what track it will cover, along with a speaker bio and other website descriptions.  

See track topics below. Use key words in your session description so that if your proposal is accepted, we will be able to tag it appropriately. 

Conference Tracks 2023

CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS

Broadband and LMR 

  • On-network solutions: LMR, LTE, 5G.  
  • Off-network solutions: direct mode, mesh networks, vehicle based 
  • Ad-hoc networking: “Bring the network with you”  
  • Disaster comms  
  • Government initiatives: FirstNet, Safe-Net, Broadway, ESN 

911   

  • Next-generation 911  
  • Cloud-based solutions  
  • Location-based solutions  
  • How tech can help address operational challenges  
  • Analytics  
  • Consolidation: Physical, virtual or not at all 

Interoperability 

  • Voice Interoperability / Interworking  
  • Data Interoperability  
  • Interoperability vs. Security - can we have both?  
  • Technical, Operational and Legal challenges and options. 

Satellite  

  • GEO, MEO, LEO  
  • PTT, Phone, Data, Video 
  • Receiver (dish) based connectivity  
  • Backhaul 
  • Direct to device 

INFRASTRUCTURE

In-building Wireless 

  • Public Safety: LMR/LTE/5G - Fixed systems like BDAs, DAS, etc
  • In-building solutions for the public to call 911 
  • Location-based solutions 
  • Sensor-based IoT/Smart Buildings 
  • Policy matters with local governments 

System Resiliency 

  • Physical hardening  
  • Power alternatives  
  • Access redundancy   
  • Redundant Backhaul 
  • Cybersecurity/software assurity 

POLICY & GOVERNANCE

Policy and Governance Issues  

  • Spectrum Coordination  
  • Sharing and Interference  
  • Funding  
  • Siting concerns  
  • Data ownership/access  
  • Establishing mutual-aid/interoperability relationships 

SECURITY 

  • Cybersecurity – includes operational security, the human element  
  • Physical Security – includes operational security, the human element   

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY 

Cloud v. On-premise   

  • On-premise pros and cons  
  • Centralized cloud options  
  • Edge-cloud / fog options  
  • Remote-work alternatives—temporary and long-term implications  
  • Redundant Centers 

Situational Awareness 

  • Video: Fixed, vehicle-mounted and body-worn cameras/platform  
  • Drones and Robotics  
  • Internet of Things/Internet of Public-Safety Things  
  • Extended Reality (XR): Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial intelligence (AI) 
  • Alerting 

Smart-X & IoT   

  • Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart Buildings 
  • Connectivity & Sensor options 
  • Challenges associated with linking IT and OT systems  
  • Processing data from myriad sensors  
  • Smart X security/cybersecurity issues 

More incredible sessions & speakers to come! Join our mailing list to receive important conference announcements and be the first to know when the full IWCE agenda is live.

Why be a speaker at IWCE 2023? Some of the many benefits include:

  • Free admission to IWCE including access to all sessions, a $2,000 value
  • Exposure for you and your company - speak before hundreds of your industry peers
  • Extensive publicity via the IWCE event management team
  • An opportunity to contribute to IWCE’s sister publication IWCE’s Urgent Communications
  • Opportunity to network with peers and to view the latest products

If you have questions about the submitting a topic or speaker, please email Erin LeMoine

ETA's Education Forum will return to IWCE 2023

Co-located with IWCE 2023, ETA Internataional will provide training classes through outside vendors in popular technology areas related to ETA certification. Check back soon for details.