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IWCE 2020 Show Highlights

Keynote Addresses

Ed Parkinson, Executive Director of FirstNet Authority

Edward Parkinson, Executive Director of FirstNet Authority, will present a Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:30 am.

Edward is the Executive Director of External Affairs for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities.

Reginald Jones, Director of Public Sector Sales and Solutions, Samsung Electronics America

Reginald Jones, Director of Public Sector Sales and Solutions, Samsung Electronics America, will present a Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 am.

Reg Jones is the head of public sector sales and solutions at Samsung Electronics America.  He is responsible for public safety, state, and local markets and leads the US strategy supporting first responders across the end to end Samsung portfolio and emerging public safety LTE networks. 

Chief Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association, will present the Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Chief Johnson brings to IWCE an extensive public safety background, with broad experience at the local, national and international level. He is currently the CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and has served on the Board of Directors and as the Vice Chairman of FirstNet for 6 years after having been a key figure in passing the legislation to create the network. He retired from the fire service after 32 years and also served as President of the IAFC.

Bryan Wiens, Senior Product Manager, Cloud Services at InterTalk Critical Information SystemsBryan Wiens, Senior Product Manager, Cloud Services, InterTalk Critical Information Systems, will present a Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 1 at 1:30 pm

Bryan provides leadership and direction to InterTalk's EnliteTM dispatch-as-a-service product that bridges LMR to LTE/5G. Coming from a background in mobile telecommunications and software as a service (SaaS) products, Bryan brings insight into how technology can enable a new world of critical information for public safety.  

Kevin Shah, Director of Product, Real-Time Services at AxonKevin Shah, Director of Product, Real-Time Services at Axon, will present a Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 1 at 1:50 pm

Kevin is leading real-time situational awareness services for Axon. He has worked from satellite connectivity on planes to cloud software for TASER devices. He is passionate in creating a world where safety is a priority for all involved and trust and transparency are protected. 

Margaret Hallbach, Vice President of Public Sector at Verizon Business Group, will present the Thursday morning opening Keynote Address at 8:30 am in the IWCE Theater.

In her role as vice president of SLED (State, Local, Education), she leads a group to address the increasingly complex requirements for Verizon's state and local governments, and education clients. She is ITIL v3 and Intermediate certified and Black Belt and Master Black Belt trained. 

Jayne Leighton, Director, Business Development, L3Harris Technologies, will present a Keynote Address on Thursday, April 2 at 9:00 am. 

She will share a case study of the Public-Private Partnership (P3) with the Nevada Shared Radio System (NSRS), as the Nevada Department of Transportation, Washoe County, and NV Energy are working together to build a next-gen critical communications system built on P25 open standards. 

NEW! Safe Cities Theater and Drone Showcase

Learn how advances in critical communications are incorporating a number of Public Safety-focused data and video applications. Safe Cities will focus on the application of the following areas to reduce fatalities, minimize crime rates and improve emergency response times to make the future city safer and more secure. 

- Networks and Cloud

- Command and Control

- AI and Advanced Analytics

- Mobile Devices and Intelligent Surveillance

Don't miss IWCE's new live drone demonstration! Drones play an important role in nearly every group operating in the critical communications ecosystem. This year, IWCE will feature a live outdoor series of drone demonstrations by IWCE drone exhibitors. Coordinated by Sundance Media Group, one of the industry's most respected drone training and consulting firms, the demonstrations will be onsite at the LVCC and will allow companies to showcase their latest models!

Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 1 * 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Keep the interaction going and continue the day’s conversations in a relaxed setting. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to network with your industry peers while enjoying some time off the show floor. Access is included with any attendee badge.

IWCE's Young Professionals Awards

IWCE’s Young Professionals Awards

Thursday, April 2 * 9:50 am - 10:15 am

Nominate a Young Professional by February 10, 2020Submit Your Nomination Here

Do you know someone that is passionate about the Communications Technology Industry and deserves recognition for their accomplishments?

The Young Professionals Awards were created to honor individuals that are excelling and executing some of the industry's most innovative ideas, demonstrating creativity and initiative. 

This person can be a peer, team member or employee under the age of 35 that has made an impact on his or her department, company or team.

Winners will be recognized in a special ceremony at IWCE 2020 and will receive one premium package pass for IWCE 2020 along with a one-year membership in the Radio Club of America! They will also be featured on the IWCE and Urgent Communications websites.

Critical Communications Leader of the Year Award

Cast your vote and decide who has demonstrated the most outstanding critical communication leadership. The IWCE "Critical Communications Leader of the Year" award recognizes individual executives, whose outstanding leadership resulted in the implementation and success of critical communications in their business and beyond. 

View the leader of the year award shortlist, and cast your vote for one of the finalists by March 9, 2020! Vote Now

Women of Wireless Workshop

Thursday, April 2 * 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm 

Panelists: Andrea Page Lee, Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. and Chairwoman, Women of NATE
Jennifer Oldham, VP, Finance, InterTalk Critical Information Systems
Cheryl Giggetts, Principal Consultant, CTA Consultants
Shelley Westall, Broadband Program Manager, Washington State Public Works Board
Teresa Maher, President, ETA International
Susan Freeman, CEO, Freeman Means Business
Hear from effective women leaders, as they share their expertise, the successes and challenges of being at the table as “pioneers,” and how women in tech is timely and relevant. Hear about opportunities and experiences to drive communications technology now and in the future, for making more voices heard in tech, ideas for schooling in STEM, mentoring programs for women in comms, and more

ETA Education Forum

ETA Education Forum

Get certified! Join ETA and IWCE for training as ETA’s Education Forum will be co-located once again with IWCE this March 30-April 3, 2020. This event provides 11 in-depth training classes presented by a key industry instructor. In addition, a Technical Track presents seminars in popular technology areas related to ETA certification. For a list of training classes and more details, click here

Job Training and Education Center

During Exhibit Hours | Starts at booth 372

Whether you are a new graduate or simply want to expand your skillset in your current role, IWCE’s partners are available to discuss job training, continuing education and career planning. Visit IWCE’s Job Training and Education Center to kick-start your career- all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome!