Taking place on Wednesday 20 March, the debate will bring together venues, conference organisers and third-party technology suppliers to consider the future of wi-fi and its impact on the meetings industry from practical, commercial and technological perspectives.
Speakers include Justin Hollins of wi-fi solutions provider iBAHN, William Jones of event communications specialists Max Wi-Fi and Mike Clanton of My Meeting Professional.
Jones will be looking at the true costs of quality wi-fi, while Hollins will look at new creative financial models to cover costs. Clanton will then present on the end user experience, looking at wi-fi from both organiser and delegate perspectives.
The session will conclude with a panel discussion with questions from the floor.
Michael Foreman, ABPCO head of external relations, said: "ABPCO's Conference Cloud Campaign calling for free wi-fi for conference delegates has instigated some major changes in terms of encouraging venues to offer wi-fi free of charge.
"There is still work to be done in improving mutual understanding of the issues involved in offering quality wi-fi free of charge to delegates and we want to take things a step further with this debate.
"This Confex session will continue the conversation and open up discussions on exactly what it means to offer free wi-fi and what strategies can be implemented to fund this. I look forward to hearing from those attending Confex and some lively discussion."