'Free or fee?' wi-fi debate to be held at Confex

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) will host a panel debate on wi-fi at International Confex 2013.

Michael Foreman, ABPCO head of external relations
Michael Foreman, ABPCO head of external relations

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."

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