SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2020 will officially take place virtually from Oct. 12-16, marking the first all-digital presentation of the largest cable telecommunications and technology event in the Americas since its inception in 1983.
According to an official statement, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications and the SCTE Foundation have joined together as presenting sponsors to make Cable-Tec Expo 2020 free and virtual for all attendees. The organizers say the program's virtual format will enable a larger, more diverse group of professionals to take part in the industry’s signature event from their homes and offices around the world.
Cable-Tec Expo 2020 had originally been scheduled for the Colorado Convention Center, which last month was designated as a temporary medical facility for use during the COVID-19 pandemic for the remainder of the year.
“The move to a virtual event is a tangible demonstration of the power of connectivity,” commented Tom Adams, executive vice president, field operations for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE•ISBE board of directors.
Adams continued, "Though there is undeniable value in meeting face-to-face, the increasingly global nature of our industry and the day-to-day demands placed on cable operators have made it difficult for some to attend in previous years. The cable industry is built on a culture of resiliency and innovation. A virtual Cable-Tec Expo will not only allow us to come together despite current global circumstances, it will also enable more of our colleagues to participate.”
Expo 2020 is co-chaired by Ed Marchetti, senior vice president of operations for Comcast, and Tom Monaghan, senior vice president, field operations for Charter Communications. The program's organizers say visionary insights, technical innovation and shared learning remain the cornerstones of the annual event, which this year asks attendees to “Imagine the Possibilities” for the future of connectivity.
According to the statement, the educational heart of the show, the Fall Technical Forum, will draw on a record 267 thought leadership abstracts exploring artificial intelligence, operational transformation, advancements to cable’s 10G platform, lessons learned from COVID-19, and more. In addition to the Fall Technical Forum, Cable-Tec Expo 2020 looks forward to featuring: a thought-provoking General Session; future-focused presentations in the event's Imagine Zone; an interactive Exhibitor Gallery; and the annual SCTE•ISBE awards celebration.
“Cable-Tec Expo plays a vital role for the industry,” commented Tony Werner, president of Technology, Product, Xperience at Comcast Cable. "We’re looking forward to expanding its reach in 2020 with a fully immersive, interactive virtual format. Cable-Tec Expo gives professionals in our industry a platform to share their insights, learn from one another and allied industries, and shape the future in an increasingly connected world. We’re confident this year will be no exception.”
The MSO community and the SCTE Foundation collaboratively made the decision to support the first-ever virtual Cable-Tec Expo in recognition of the show’s importance to the industry. The SCTE Foundation will support the virtual education portion of Expo 2020 and will partner with various educational facilities and minority universities to provide free educational invitations, facilitate interactions between students and executives, and create internships and career opportunities.
“ACA Connects is so glad to hear the news that SCTE’s CableTec Expo is going virtual, because this event has really become the place where all of our industry gathers," asserted ACA Connects president and CEO Matthew M. Polka. "The COVID-19 crisis has affected so many meetings in our industry this year, including our own ACA Connects Summit, but we know the team at SCTE will bring the very best of Expo to those who have attended before and to an even wider audience virtually to see the many great things our industry does every day. We look forward to our ACA Connects sessions at Expo and thank SCTE for the opportunity to join and support them in every way.”
SCTE•ISBE will release additional details about Cable-Tec Expo 2020 sponsorships, workshops and registration in the near future. Check expo.scte.org and follow SCTE•ISBE on social media for the most up-to-date information.