INNOVATION THEATER

Show Within the Show

Now in its third year, the 150-seat Innovation Theater, a multimedia Expo Exhibit Hall attraction, is the ideal place for getting a glimpse of the industry’s “Vision of the Future” as well as refining your own. Top industry thought leaders, live and in person, will demonstrate technical solutions, define steps for deployment, describe market conditions and discuss the industry’s climate for change. Focus your eyes and ears on highly imaginative ways to streamline operations, strengthen workforce competency, and drive business results… Attend Innovation Theater.

SCTE•ISBE proudly welcomes back Gerard Kunkel as the engaging host of Innovation Theater. Founder and managing partner of Next Media Partners, LLC, Kunkel is a technology, media, and entertainment executive with extensive experience in leading company vision, strategy, and product development.

Innovation Stage Host:

Gerard Kunkel
Founder & Managing Partner
Next Media Partners, LLC

Tuesday, October 23

ACA/NCTC/NTCA Panel: Off The Beaten Path: Strategies For Success In Small, Midsize and Rural Markets

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM–12:30 PM
Exhibit Hall, Innovation Theater

Small, midsize and rural providers are essential to the realization of the promise of ubiquitous cable and telecommunications services, but face unique issues in fulfillment of that mandate. These operators succeed in environments that lack the economies of scale of their larger brethren, and they often face technology, policy and competitive scenarios that are specific to their groups, or even to a few operators in a given locale. What are the main challenges that are facing these operators? How is the competitive landscape evolving, and what services are being deployed to counter other providers? How are their unique needs shaping innovative adoption of technology? What policy headwinds are they facing and how will they address them? This panel will explore small, midsize and rural providers’ vision of the future through the eyes of leading association CEOs.

Panelists:

Shirley Bloomfield
CEO
NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Matthew M Polka
President and CEO
American Cable Association

Rich Fickle
CEO and President
National Cable Television Cooperative

Moderator:

Michael Grebb
Publisher
Cablefax

Welcome to the Gigabit Generation

Tuesday, October 23
12:45 PM-1:15 PM

MSOs are moving to distributed access architectures while leveraging their existing HFC access infrastructure to support R-PHY, R-MACPHY, PON, wireless, fixed-wireless (5G), cellular, and commercial services. To accomplish this, the access network must transition from linear analog optical transport to high-speed digital optical transport. As one of the leading MSOs in the move to DAA, Cox Communications has defined a resilient, cost-effective, and operationally simplistic Gigabit Ethernet DWDM Layer 1 transport solution for connectivity between the headend Layer 2/Layer 3 devices and the end devices deep in the access network. After a brief introduction by ATX CEO Charlie Vogt, Tee Harton, Cox’s Director of HFC Engineering, in conjunction with Jay Lee, CPO of Access at ATX, will discuss Cox’s transition to a distributed access architecture while highlighting the optical transport solution and how it will be deployed into Cox’s networks.

Sponsored by:

Presenters:

Charlie Vogt
President and CEO
ATX Networks

Jay Lee
Chief Product Officer, Access Networking
ATX Networks

Thomas Harton
Cox Communications
Senior Director, RF Engineering

CBRS: The Future Is Here

Tuesday, October 23
1:30 PM-2:00 PM

Learn about a near-term, complementary technology to 5G. This panel will showcase CBRS and Private LTE technologies as an innovative way to deliver seamless indoor wireless coverage. CBRS is currently in trials across the U.S. and, utilizing shared spectrum, is highly effective for indoor venues, airports, Smart Cities, transportation grids, and industrial manufacturing.

Sponsored by:

Panelists:

Charles Cheevers
CTO, Customer Premises 
Equipment
ARRIS

Mehmet Yavuz
CTO
Ruckus Networks an ARRIS company

Moderator:

Duncan Potter
SVP Marketing
ARRIS

L&D Panel: Vision of the Future of Technical Training & Education

Tuesday, October 23
2:15 PM-2:45 PM

An astute group comprising key industry leaders will offer insights about their respective learning strategies. Come familiarize yourself with top organizational best practices, where companies are situated now, what their goals are, and their roadmaps to success.

Panelists:

Thomas E. Adams
EVP, Field Operations
Charter Communications

Dr. Martha Soehren, Ph.D.
Chief Talent Development Officer
Comcast

Walter Landry
Director of Technology Learning Strategy
Cox Communications

Moderator:

Jessica Briskin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Bloomsburg University

Creating a Fabric to Simplify and Automate the Metro Networks

Tuesday, October 23
3:00 PM-3:30 PM

The metro is a growing hotbed of activities, services, and revenue opportunities in networks worldwide. Dramatic transformations are coming in three to five years. Major inflection points within the metro will be influenced by cable Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), 5G, content hosting, and distributed cloud. These inflections will drive upgrades in both the packet and optical domains. The metro will become a service Fabric unifying Ethernet, cable, broadband, mobile, and cloud-based offerings into a single control domain. Operations need to be automated to dynamically address shifting demands in networks. This session will discuss these trends and technologies in an open framework.

Sponsored by:

Presenter:

Amit Bhardwaj
Director of Product Management
Juniper Networks

The Cable Center: Women in the C-Suite

Tuesday, October 23
3:45 PM-4:15  PM

Come witness a candid conversation among three of the industry’s outstanding women executives who will be sharing important C-level insights.

Panelists:

Julie Laulis
Chairwoman of the Board, President & CEO
Cable ONE

Emily Ward
CEO & Board Chair
AlcaCruz

Moderator:

Jana Henthorn
President & CEO
The Cable Center

SCTE•ISBE Energy 2020®: Adaptive Power Challenge Awards Presentation in Partnership with Comcast and Liberty Global

Tuesday, October 23
4:45 PM-5:15  PM

Learn firsthand who prevailed in the Challenge as the two winners receive their $10,000 prizes and get formally invited to present their winning energy solutions in the near future directly to the biggest cable system operators in the world.

Wednesday, October 24

ONAP Discovery Kit

Wednesday, October 24
1:15 PM-1:45  PM

Membership in the Linux Foundation’s Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) ecosystem continues its rapid growth. More than 60 members include service providers such as AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, Comcast, Orange, and Vodafone. Service providers and technology leaders are working together to deliver an industry-leading automation platform for network, infrastructure, and services that enables operators to offer on-demand services profitably and competitively while leveraging existing network investments. For service providers interested in testing and verifying virtual services on the ONAP open source platform, Amdocs offers a cloud-based ONAP Discovery Kit with pre-defined service use cases, an easy-to-use toolset, and more.

Sponsored by:

Presenter:

Oren Marmur
VP, Head of NFV
Amdocs Open Network

RDK Open Source Project

Wednesday, October 24
2:00 PM-2:30 PM

Executives representing ARRIS, Metrological, and the core RDK team will discuss current events in the RDK Open Source Project and how the RDK community is fostering innovation throughout the world. Topics will include the state of application frameworks, collaboration with adjacent open source communities, and the short- and mid-term RDK roadmap.

Panelists:

Rob Suero
Senior Director Technology
RDK Management LLC

Charles Cheevers
CTO, Customer Premises Equipment
ARRIS

Albert Dahan
CTO
Metrological

Leslie Ellis
Owner and Independent Technology Columnist
Ellis Edits Inc. and Translation-Please.com

Expanding Your Access Network for Growing Demand

Wednesday, October 24
2:45 PM-3:15 PM

As cable operators look to lessen the blow of video subscriber declines, a new competitive focus is emerging in providing high-speed broadband in a cost-effective competitive marketplace. This presentation will provide insight into how carriers can deploy a scalable infrastructure to this growing market in a fast, efficient, and cost-effective way. This session will discuss trends that are pushing fiber deeper into the network, particularly in the MDU, and how optical fiber may ultimately be the best path—providing a low-risk, fast, and high-quality investment. A panel of solution and technology experts will shed light on new options to consider.

Sponsored by:

Panelist:

Catherine McNaught
Applications Marketing Manager
Corning Optical Communications

Moderator:

Jana Henthorn
President & CEO
The Cable Center

Smart Cities Really Are

Wednesday, October 24
3:30 PM-4:00 PM

Major cities around the world are already deploying IOT sensors and Wi-Fi technologies to improve the quality of urban life, while saving on the operational costs of delivering municipal services. Hear from urban planners on how they’re using technology to ease traffic flow, improve waste management, better monitor climate conditions, and reduce crime.

Sponsored by:

Panelist:

Steve Wimsatt
Senior Director Business Development
Ruckus Wireless

Rick Cimerman 
VP External & State Affairs
NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Moderator:

Duncan Potter
SVP Marketing
ARRIS

Thursday, October 25

L&D International Panel: Future of Technical Training/Education and You

Thursday, October 25
9:30 AM-10:00 AM

Come hear leading learning experts from Latin American providers share where we are as an industry, where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there.

The Power of Self-Learning and AI for Field Service

Thursday, October 25
10:15 AM-10:45 AM

Service is the new battleground for driving sales and capturing and retaining customers. Learn how you can use self-learning and AI to drive down operational costs and days-out booking, while increasing revenues. The combination of a configurable self-learning engine, individualized work pattern tracking, real-time predictive analytics, and AI opens up endless opportunities to Automate, Optimize, Empower, and Engage a field team. Predict when a job will start, and how long it will take, with 98 percent accuracy. Leverage accurate predictions to keep customers informed. Optimize job assignment and routing. Finally, enhance and quantify training offerings by adding real-time performance analytics into your LMS.

Sponsored by:

Presenter:

Steven Knight
Principal Solution Engineer
Oracle

The Cable Node of the Future Is Intelligent, Modular, and Scalable

Thursday, October 25
11:00 AM-11:30 AM

Come learn about a new approach to Access Node architecture that promises to streamline operations where MSOs need to deploy a mix of DOCSIS®, wireless, and fiber access. Today, MSOs have to deploy a physical device per access type where each device requires its own operational processes and vendor ecosystem. The Generic Access Platform (GAP) is a new modular node design that aggregates a mix of access technologies to be housed in the same physical device. Intel has developed a proof-of-concept (POC) in which a software-based vCCAP and RAN small cell are housed in a single enclosure and dynamically share centralized compute resources.

Sponsored by:

Presenter:

Ed Dylag
Market Development Manager
Intel Network Platforms Group

 

Cable Center Customer Centric Consortium (C5) and Cable Solutions Through Design Thinking

Thursday, October 25
11:45 AM-12:15 PM

For the past 10-plus years, The Cable Center has been providing CX insights and solutions to cable operators. C5 is a unique initiative that enables its membership, which comprises MSOs and industry associations, to share customer experience strategies, operations, and leadership to help cable operators build and deliver the best possible experience for subscribers. C5 provides educational, research, and collaborative learning opportunities to its members. Examples include a longitudinal study on call center metrics and the use of the design thinking methodology to provide innovative solutions to the cable subscriber onboarding process—for new subscribers and for subscriber service changes.

Panelists:

Todd Barber
Sales Director
CallMiner

Kimberly Gibson
Senior Director, Customer Operations
Cable ONE

Scott Wise
Vice President, Customer Operations
Cox Communications

Moderator:

Charles H. Patti, Ph.D.
Cox Endowed Professor of CX and Senior Fellow
The Cable Center

Innovation Theater 

Tuesday, October 23-Thursday, October 25
Exhibit Hall, Innovation Theater

 

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