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Featured Networking & Special Events at #IWCE24

Drinks, Bites & Insights

Please join us for a compelling panel discussion from 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. in Tangerine Ballroom 2 followed by a networking happy hour until 6 p.m. Open to all pass types. 

Panel topic: Satellite-direct-to-phone (Sat2Phone) technology is one of the most talk-about innovations in the communications industry, as the ability for low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite to act as a “cell towers in space” has significant implications for users and network operators. For critical-communications users, the promise that a smart device—without a special satellite receiver—can still be used outdoors anywhere on the globe is incredibly attractive, dramatically altering long-held perceptions about LTE reliability. For carriers and other network operators, the ability to keep users connected certainly is positive, and effective Sat2Phone could even impact future roaming and tower-building strategies in remote areas. Learn how this technology is progressing, when it could be commercially available to you, what deployment challenges remain, and how the business model differs from legacy satellite offerings.

Sponsored by T-Mobile for Government.


Donny Jackson  (Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications)


Eric Hagerson  (Public Safety & Security Government Affairs Director, T-Mobile)

Margo Deckard  (COO, Lynk Global, Inc.)

Harlin McEwen  (Chief of Police (Ret.), Ithaca, New York, Police Department)

Havana Nights Networking Reception

Join us for a Havana Nights-inspired celebration to meet up with friends and enjoy the color, sounds, tastes and special surprises we have store for you at this year's Networking Reception!  Face-to-face networking, with old friends and new acquaintances is one of the highest-valued aspects of IWCE. Our Networking Reception is the ideal, informal place to expand your network and create new opportunities!  Look forward to Havana-inspired music plus a performance from the IWCE Jam Band with Elton John's former drummer, Charlie Morgan. Thanks to our sponsors Verizon Frontline and Zetron for their support of the Networking Reception and to Samsung for sponsoring the entertainment!

The Havana Nights Networking Reception will take place Wednesday, March 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Tangerine Ballroom

PSAP of the Future

You've heard about NG911. You've asked about NG911. You might be skeptical about NG911. Well, for the first time you will be able to experience a 911 Call of the Future at IWCE. We are building and immersive experience where you will drop into a 911 call in progress and follow the flow from incident to response, using the emerging and advanced technologies. Join us at to experience, learn and get your questions answered about NG911 from the people building the technology.

Women in Comms Breakfast and Panel

brought to you by RCA & IWCE

Join us for breakfast and a compelling conversation from some of the superstar women of the critical communications industry. RCA and IWCE are proud to host this event on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in Tangerine Ballroom 4.


Susan Ronning (Principal Consultant, ADCOMM Engineering LLC)


Kinuko Masaki (CEO, VoiceBrain)

Alison Kahn  (Electronics Engineer, Public Safety Communications Research, NIST)

 The Human Connection: Future-Proofing for a World with AI

As artificial intelligence and machine-to-machine communications take over certain job tasks, learn how to make the most of the human skills needed for the modern workplace.Future proof both yourself, your team and your job by understanding how to leverage AI technology to increase productivity to make work more efficient and effective. Learn how technology can amplify the skills within your team, while promoting innovation, creativity and agility. Get ahead by embracing what AI can enhance!

Brought to you by RCA and IWCE. All pass types welcome. First come, first served. Seating limited.


Grab a cup of coffee and take a seat in our General Session room to hear from of a variety of distinguished speakers from the critical communications community. The keynote program will present a blend of information, inspiration, and be a catalyst for further discussions throughout your day! Don't miss out on keynote presentations from the industry's leading experts, including our Headline Sponsor, Verizon.

Lunch & Learn

A fantastic opportunity to listen to the major insights driving the critical communications technology market, dive into Omdia's data-driven forecasts that will shape its future and receive our analyst expert's high-value recommendations on the commercial impact of technology and market changes. This series gives you the opportunity to pick the brains of the Omdia analyst team and grab lunch.

This lunch & learn will take place on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at lunchtime in the Tangerine Ballroom 4.

IWCE Exhibit Hall Features

Welcome to the IWCE Expo Hall! Read on to learn about the experiences you can expect at IWCE 2024.

The Expo Hall is open Wednesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All Expo Hall features are available when the Expo Hall is open + every badge type is invited to take part in the following events!

Emerging Tech & Innovation Stage + New Exhibitor Zone

Emerging Tech is driving innovation – and IWCE is all about innovation. In this area, you’ll find our stage dedicated to content focused on the impact of emerging tech and the things we can do with it. Whether that be Next Gen 911, Interoperability, 5G solutions for high powered connectivity, real-time situational awareness, or wildfire response, you’ll leave these presentations with a strengthened awareness of what is possible, and how to get it done. You can then visit our new exhibitor pods and foster new connections when you follow up on presentation content.


Visit this area for a multi-media experience demonstrating a wide array of innovative products supporting the critical communications ecosystem. 


IWCE 2024 will have 320+ exhibitors and 5000+ attendees who want to do business together. Our wi-fi and power-enabled Networking Bar & Lounge on the show floor makes for a perfect place to meet up with other attendees for coffee or a cold beer, or to rest your feet and recharge your devices and catch up on some emails before your next meeting with an exhibitor!


We want to enable you to make the most of the time you have at IWCE. The IWCE Experience Center is positioned at the front of the Expo Hall, providing attendees with an interactive show floor and venue map, an overview of our session information for our show floor stages, and a manned help desk, just in case you have questions that need an in-person answer!


IWCE's Critical Comms News Desk

You provide your critical comms executive, technical expert or newsmaker expertise for a 3-5 minute on-site interview at the IWCE Crit Comms News Desk and we'll provide a professional video with one of our experienced Omdia critical communications analysts or editors. The result? You’ll walk away with a 3-5 minute video that shows your company in the best light while capturing the energy of the IWCE Expo Hall. Want to get invovled? Reach out to [email protected] or [email protected]

Special Lunch Workshop: Florida In-Building Public Safety Communications – Improve what works, fix what doesn’t!

Why You Can't Miss This Workshop:

Florida leads in implementing Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES). This workshop, stemming from the profound insights of the recent Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors conference, promises a Florida-centric discussion on ERCES, focusing on actionable improvements for the Florida area, and lessons that can be learnt and applied in other US states.

What's in Store for You:

✔️ Expert Insights: Engage with top industry leaders like John Foley, Alan Perdue, Charlie Fleetham, and other prominent stakeholders.

✔️ Interactive Sessions: Dive into small group discussions and an all-group convergence to dissect pain points, celebrate successes, and brainstorm solutions.

✔️ Earn CEUs: All four SBC-led sessions, including this workshop, are approved by the Florida Department of Financial Services (FCDICE) for CEUs.

The Outcome?

Walk away with actionable insights and newfound confidence to enhance what's working and fix what's not in Florida's public safety communication landscape.

Don't miss this chance to be part of a discussion that's vital for the safety and efficiency of our communities. Let's collaborate to make a lasting impact! As an IWCE All Access pass holder, this workshop is available to you free of charge.

This is a lunch workshop, presented in collaboration with the Safer Buildings Coalition and the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association (FFMIA).

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm