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Event: Connect (X) 2022 by WIA from May 23-26th, 2022 in Denver, Colorado

Meet WIA In Denver & Discover The Future Of Connectivity, Connect (X) 2022, powered by WIA, from May 23-26th, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

Connect (X) takes place May 23-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Downtown Denver. Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) invites you to a 3-day event bursting with can’t miss content from industry leaders, exclusive networking opportunities, hands-on experiences, insightful panel discussions, our annual golf tournament, and so much more. Register at Connect (X) 2022 in Denver, Colorado! Register now.

Event: Connect (X) 2022 by WIA from May 23-26th, 2022 in Denver, Colorado

Connect (X) 2022 will feature fascinating keynotes, interactive breakout sessions, and additional chances to socialize via the event’s annual golf tournament and evening activities. Connect (X) 2022 will bring together professionals and stakeholders from across the industry, including carriers, neutral host networks, industrial enterprises, and investors.

Every segment of the industry is represented at Connect (X) 2022 united under one roof to engage with the latest thinking, experience the newest solutions, and connect with new partners, all with the goal of fulfilling the promise of universal 5G connectivity.

Whether your organization signs up to exhibit, sponsor, or simply attend Connect (X), there will be unparalleled opportunities to interact with influential thought leaders.

What’s New in 2022?

  • Infrastructure: Find out how government infrastructure spending will create business opportunities in connectivity.
  • Realize the Real-time Enterprise: Understand how connecting supply chains and helping organizations communicate unlocks new opportunities.
  • Workforce Development: Hear how to attract and retain new tech employees needed to build out 5G and fiber networks.
  • The Leading Edge: Learn how to leverage multi-access edge computing in your network
  • Fiber to the Everything: Discover what fiber everywhere will mean for future network deployments.
  • Cloud-Native Networks: OpenRAN is just the beginning. Uncover the future of virtualization.

Be Part Of The Revolution

The next wave of deployment will require an expanded community of network infrastructure – public and private – to usher in a new era of universal broadband applications and services to anyone, anywhere, in real-time. Will you be part of it?

Why Attend?

  • Connect: Connect (X) will feature fascinating keynotes, interactive breakout sessions, and additional chances to socialize via the event’s annual golf tournament and evening activities.
  • Networking: The event will bring together professionals and stakeholders from across the industry, including carriers, neutral host networks, industrial enterprises, and investors.
  • Exhibits: Whether your organization signs up to exhibit, sponsor, or simply attend Connect (X), there will be unparalleled opportunities to interact with influential thought leaders.

Connect (X) hosts the end-to-end 5G supplier ecosystem from the ground up.

  • 5G represents the next wave in wireless infrastructure network investment – and only Connect (X) 2022 prepares the entire networking, services and supplier ecosystem with the business insight and information to meet the needs of carriers, neutral host networks, governments and industrial enterprises with next generation indoor and outdoor solutions.
  • Every segment of the industry is represented at Connect (X) — united under one roof to engage with the latest thinking, experience the newest solutions, and connect with new partners—all with the goal of fulfilling the promise of universal 5G connectivity.

Connect (X) Is Where…

  • Commercial carriers convene for new antenna technology, virtualization solutions in the RAN, and next gen networking architecture: Fixed wireless, millimeter wave and shared spectrum
  • Datacenters meet Mobile Communications and Cloud-Services at the Edge of the Network; investing in a new wave of digital infrastructure to enable High-bandwidth, low-latency applications
  • Outside plant meets network engineering and site development to build and support the integrated 5G network with fiber, fixed wireless, small cells, new RAN solutions and more.
  • Enterprise leaders gain new information and knowledge on the emerging Private LTE, IoT and 5G enterprise story

2022 Speakers

2022 Featured Speakers

  • Mark Dankberg, Co-founder, Chairman of the Board and Executive Chairman, Viasat, Inc.
  • Jonathan Adelstein, President and CEO, Wireless Infrastructure Association
  • Jay Brown, President and CEO, Crown Castle
  • Alex Gellman, CEO and Co-Founder, Vertical Bridge Holdings L.L.C.
  • Jeff Stoops, President and CEO, SBA Communications Corporation
  • Steve Vondran, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division, American Tower.
  • Marachel Knight, Senior Vice President of Technology and Planning Operations, AT&T Communications
  • Marc Ganzi, President and CEO, DigitalBridge
  • Omar Jaffrey, Managing Partner and Founder, Melody Investment Advisors

Connect (X) is a great event for policy makers like me from DC to meet directly with the companies who are actually building out internet infrastructure. I can hear from them about what’s jamming them up and it helps inform the ideas that we then get across the finish line back in Washington. – COMMISSIONER BRENDAN CARR, Federal Communications Commission

2022 Session Speakers

  • Alex Gamota, SVP & GM, Bigbelly
  • Alex Goldman, Editor, Connectivity Business
  • Amit Nagpal, Partner, Aetha Consulting Limited
  • Andrew Coward, GM, Software Defined Networking, IBM
  • Bernard Borghei, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Operations, Vertical Bridge
  • Bevin Fletcher, Editor, Fierce Wireless
  • Brent Weil, VP, Workforce Development, WIA
  • Brian Daniels, SVP, Strategic Networks, Zayo
  • Brian Jakins, Vice President & General Manager, Networks, Intelsat
  • Brian Mengwasser, VP of Marketplace & Apps Design, DISH Wireless
  • Brian Pemberton, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Omnispace
  • Brian Watkins, EVP of 5GaaS, Betacom
  • Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
  • C.J. Maier, Director of Fiber Development, NextCity Networks (NextEra Energy)
  • Christopher Fisher, Esq., Partner, Cuddy & Feder LLP
  • Cole Crawford, CEO and Founder, Vapor IO
  • Dagan Kasavana, Founder and CEO, Phoenix Tower International
  • Dan McVaugh, Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant
  • Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, SDxCentral
  • Daniel Dooley, Chief Commercial Officer, Lynk
  • David Bacino, CEO, CTI Towers
  • David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF
  • David Tokunaga, Vice President, Product and Business Development, Boingo Wireless
  • Debika Bhattacharya, Senior Vice President of 5G & Enterprise Solutions, Verizon Business
  • Donna Johnson, Sr VP of Marketing, Cradlepoint
  • Eric Hudson, Vice President, Engineering, Mountain Wireless
  • Ernest Worthman, Principal, Worthman & Associates
  • Eugina Jordan, Vice President of Marketing, Parallel Wireless
  • Fuad Raja, Founder & CEO, FAR Consulting
  • Glenn Laxdal, Presiednt and COO, Airspan Networks
  • Heather Wilkins, Director – Strategic Accounts, Crown Castle International
  • Igal Elbaz, SVP Engineering and Operations, AT&T
  • Jason Nelson, VP, Partnerships and Development, WIA
  • Jerry Sullivan, CEO, Endeiro Capital Partners, LLC
  • Jim Lockwood, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, Comptek Technologies
  • John Baker, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mavenir
  • John Celentano, Business Editor, Inside Towers
  • Joshua Broder, CEO, Tilson
  • Jurrie van den Breekel, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Spirent Communications
  • Kyung Mun, Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts, Inc.
  • Linda Hardesty, Editor-in-Chief, Questex
  • Lola Awoniyi-Oteri, Principal Systems Research & Development Engineer, Qualcomm Inc
  • Lynnette Luna, Senior Research Analyst, S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Mark Christenson, President, International, MD7
  • Mark Wymer, Senior Vice President, North America Division, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Michael O’Rielly, President, MPORielly Consulting Inc
  • Michael Pelletier, VP, Sales & Business Development, Arcosa Telecom Structures
  • Michael Sherwood, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, City of Las Vegas
  • Mike Mulica, CEO, Alef
  • Mike Owen, Chief Technology Officer, BearCom
  • Monica Alleven, Executive Editor, FierceWireless
  • Monica Paolini, Principal, Senza Fili
  • Nick Maynard, Co-founder and CEO, US Ignite
  • Patrick Lopez, Global VP Product Management – 5G Products, NEC
  • Paul Fettuccia, President & CEO, ANS Advanced Network Services, LLC
  • Paul Reddick, SVP Strategy, Business and Product Development, Crown Castle
  • Richard Bernhardt, National Spectrum Adviser, WISPA
  • Richard Swardh, Senior Vice President, Premium Enterprise & Mobile Operators, Comtech Satellite Network Technologies
  • Rikin Thakker, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, WIA
  • Robert Sokota, Chief Administrative Officer, ZenFi Networks
  • Ronny Haraldsvik, CMO / SVP Business Development, Cohere Technologies
  • Scott Harry, Manager, Government Affairs, Crown Castle
  • Scott Lewis, Vice President of Next Generation Solutions, Phoenix Tower International
  • Scott Longhurst, Governmental Affairs Manager, Crown Castle International
  • Sharpe Smith, Technology Editor, Inside Towers
  • Shashi Das, 5G Chief Engineer, Next Gen Solutions, Lockheed Martin Space, Mission Solutions
  • Shylesh Moras, Senior Vice President, Operations, Development and IT, Phoenix Tower International
  • Sidd Chenumolu, VP of Technology Department, DISH Wireless
  • Slava Frayter, Regional Vice President, North America, Gilat Satellite Networks
  • Steph Stoppenhagen, Director of Strategy & Innovation, Black & Veatch
  • Sue Marek, Freelance Writer

Connect (X) allows us to meet a lot of different people in a short period of time, it brings our customers together, it brings our supplier chain together, and enables our employees to connect with them around meetings at the event. – Jay Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Crown Castle

Call for Speakers

Let your voice be heard at North America’s leading 5G infrastructure event. If you have a success story, cautionary tale, innovation or POV to share, submit to be a speaker at Connect(X) 2022.

Be Part of Powering Universal Connectivity

Every segment of the industry is represented at Connect (X)—united under one roof to engage with the latest thinking, experience the newest solutions, and connect with new partners—all with the goal of fulfilling the promise of universal 5G connectivity.

Trending Topics For 2022

  • Infrastructure: Find out how government infrastructure spending will create business opportunities in connectivity.
  • Cloud-Native Networks: OpenRAN is just the beginning. Uncover the future of virtualization.
  • Fiber to the Everything: Discover what fiber everywhere will mean for future network deployments.
  • The Leading Edge: Learn how to leverage multi-access edge computing in your network.
  • Private Networks: Listen in on how to maximize privately owned networks.
  • Workforce Development: Hear how to attract and retain new tech employees needed to build out 5G and fiber networks.

Venue: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado

Located in the heart of downtown Denver, one of the most walkable and visitor-friendly downtowns in the country, the Colorado Convention Center is a world-class facility!

Connect (X) Educational Programming, Exhibition Hall, Networking Events, Supplier Diversity Summit, Meeting Rooms, and the WWLF Reception will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, a multi-purpose convention center located in Downtown Denver, Colorado. At 2,200,000 square feet, it is currently the 12th largest convention center in the United States.

The Hyatt Regency Denver is the host hotel for Connect (X). Located one block from the 16th Street Mall and walking distance to Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the hotel offers a stylish stay in downtown Denver with access to the 27th-floor Peaks Lounge, the highest-rising lounge in the city with spectacular Rocky Mountain views.

Ticket Pricing

  • WIA and HetNet Forum members receive a discount on all pass types.
  • Carriers are invited to attend Connect (X) with our compliments.
  • We will be verifying carrier registrants against this list of organizations. Please contact [email protected] for a promotion code.

VIP Pass

includes access to:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • VIP Lounge
  • *Open to VIP Passholders Only. Light fare and meeting space available.
  • Launch Party
  • The ultimate Connect (X) kickoff party.
  • $1395

Full Access Pass

includes access to:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • $950

Full Access (One Day Pass)

includes access to:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • $550

Exhibit Only Pass

includes access to:

  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Supplier Diversity Summit
  • $300

Exhibit Only (One Day Pass)

includes access to:

  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • $225

Government Full Access Pass

includes access to:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Smart Cities Week Programming
  • $175

Power Pass

Eligibility includes: Cable Operators, Enterprise Customers of Private Networks, Fiber Broadband Service Providers, Satellite Broadband Service, Utilities Offering Wireless Broadband, Wireless Internet Service Providers, & Wireless Carriers and includes access to:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Free

Media Pass

includes access to:

  • Breakout Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Free

All Access Pass to Smart Cities Week

includes access to:

  • All Smart Cities Week programming
  • Connect (X) Exhibit Hall
  • $250

Smart Cities Academy

includes access to:

  • Afternoon Workshop on Monday May 23
  • Online, self-learning module with assessment
  • Smart Cities Practitioner Certificate
  • With Credly digital certificate to place on social media posts.
  • $250
  • *Smart Cities Academy is separate from the full Smart Cities Week program and requires an additional registration fee.

Conference Tracks

Connect (X) 2022 Features Sessions On Critical Topics Impacting Our Industry:

The Business of Infrastructure and Next-generation Networks

Who Should Attend: C-level, Execs, CFO’s Investors

Business Models: Fiber, 5G, Satellite, Utilities, Capital, Finance, and Investors

Capital and Finance

Who Should Attend: Investment professionals, infrastructure investment funds, investors, analysts, infrastructure owners, entrepreneurs and business innovators

Technology Evolution – Fiber, RAN, Edge, Network Virtualization, 5G, and more

Who Should Attend” CTO, CIO, Engineers, Field Techs, Fiber – Next Gen PON, FTTH, OpenRAN and Cloud-native Networks

Cloud and Edge Convergence, 5G, Transport – backhaul, fronthaul, and midhaul

Private Networks – Enterprises, Integrators & Property Owners

Who Should Attend: Private Network Customers, Hospitals and Healthcare, Higher Education, Property Owners, and Developers

Community Connectivity

Who Should Attend: Local government leaders, Rural operators, Utilities, Tribal Leader, Smart and Connected Cities, Rural Connectivity

Policy & Regulation, Spectrum

Who Should Attend: Government Affairs, Legislators, Federal Policymakers

Workforce – Supplier Diversity, Apprenticeship, and Training, Recruitment

Who Should Attend: HR Executives, Recruiters

Exhibit

Why Invest In An Exhibit Hall Booth at Connect (X)?

  • Customized Space: Each booth includes an 8’ back wall drape and a 3’ high side drape.
  • Guest Passes: Four (4) complimentary exhibit hall passes are included with each 10×10 booth.
  • Brand Visibility: Your branding will be featured prominently on our floorplan, program directory, and event website.
  • Mobile App Perks: Your company profile will be highly visible on the Connect (X) 2022 mobile app.
  • Extra Exhibitor Benefits: With nearly 3,000 thought leaders and industry innovators, and 100+ exhibitors, take advantage of the highest quality, most targeted buying audience in the connectivity industry—where 85% of attendees have purchasing influence and direct decision-making power over the kind of products you sell.

Capitalize on the most highly qualified and targeted buying audience in the connectivity industry—where 85% of attendees have either purchasing influence and/or direct decision-making power.

Leverage the power of in-person connection with attendees to build new client relationships and expand your customer reach.

As an exhibitor, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with customers, partners, integrators and OEMs. The entire ecosystem of buyers is represented at Connect (X).

How To Make Connect (X) Work For You

Tip 1: Make sure you let us know which email address will be your main marketing contact.

We will be checking in with you often regarding the latest event updates as well as how to wow guests with your booth.

Tip 2: Update your company’s details in the Exhibitor Portal.

Loading the most high-resolution image of your logo will allow our team to make your company stand out both online and offline.

Tip 3: Connect (X) guests are used to being wowed.

If you have any questions regarding what is permitted, need help thinking a concept through, or have general questions, please feel free to reach out at any time.

Exhibitor Move-In

Monday, May 23, 2022 | 1pm-8pm
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 8am-12pm

Show Date(s)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 12pm-6pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 12pm-5pm

Exhibitor Move-Out

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 5pm-10pm

Show Location

Colorado Convention Center
Hall F
700 14th St
Denver, CO 80202

Exhibitor Service Kit

Access the Exhibitor Services Kit here. It will also be emailed to your main marketing contact on file.

Exhibitor Sign Up

Complete this form to sign up as Connect (X) 2022 Exhibitor or contact

Michael Barrett, Associate, Sales & Business Development, WIA
[email protected]
703.999.3214

Sponsor

Why Sponsor at Connect (X) 2022?

  • Many Opportunities: Increase your footprint with additional signage located throughout the event.
  • Appreciation For Your Brand: Be where your customers are and select the package best for you.
  • Customize A Package: Talk to our team today to build a sponsorship tailored to your needs.
  • Position yourself as an industry leader in the most exciting race to 5G: Premium event sponsorships provide the highest level of exposure throughout the event. Stand out from your competition and strategically position your company as an industry leader.
  • Be on the mind of industry leaders: The future is 5G, and it’s already happening now. WIA’s Annual Convention, Connect (X), provides the ideal meeting place for carriers and wireless stakeholders to come together under one roof for networking, education, and business opportunities.
  • Sponsorship is a hole in one at Connect (X): Our team will walk you through selecting the most appropriate sponsorship package for your budget and target audience. Becoming a sponsor for our 3-day event is proven to have long lasting benefits, too!
  • Elevate Your Brand: Put your brand front and center by helping sponsor North America’s largest conference for the Connectivity sector.
  • Sponsorship at Connect (X) positions your organization as thought leaders and a primary resource for all stakeholders in the commercial wireless, enterprise connectivity, IoT, CBRS, and Edge. Sponsorship programs are designed to deliver extensive brand visibility, lead generation, and foster meaningful interaction with prospects. They include a dynamic mix of digital and in-person channels, including hospitality opportunities, to achieve your marketing goals.

Follow These Steps to Get Started as Sponsor of Connect (X) 2022!

  • Check Your Inbox. Look for a confirmation email titled “Connect (X) 2022 Sponsorship Confirmation.” This contains important details on how to access your invoice, upload your logo, and register your team.
  • Access Your Account. Following the directions in your confirmation email, you’ll be able to create a new password and access our online platform.
  • Share Your Logo & Company Details. Upload your logo and ensure we have all of the information to promote your organization. We’ll then send you a customized marketing toolkit to help you further amplify your involvement in Connect (X) 2022.
  • Register Your Team. You can assign the passes that come with your sponsorship to members of your team by clicking here. Note, that you must first access the platform and reset your password.
  • Sponsor Meeting Rooms. Order any additional services for your meeting room by clicking here. Please place any orders by Monday, May 2nd, 2022.

Would you like to learn more about how to participate as a Connect (X) Sponsor?

Check our FAQs page for more information or contact our Sales & Business Development Manager, Hayley Dodds, to explore all the sponsorship levels, their benefits, what to expect, and how to get started:

Hayley Dodds, Manager, Sales & Business Development, WIA
[email protected]
540.270.3248

About Connect (X)

Connect (X) is the only business technology event in North America that unites the industry stakeholders who deliver infrastructure solutions for ubiquitous connectivity.

As the connectivity industry continues to develop and devices evolve with more computing power, the focus shifts to the infrastructure to support 5G. The next wave of deployment will require an expanded community of network infrastructure – public and private – to usher in a new era of universal broadband applications and services to anyone, anywhere, in real-time.

Connect (X) showcases the leaders in 5G infrastructure: innovative technology, supporting professional services, and a partner ecosystem that enables ubiquitous communications between people, devices, machines and tools that support 21st century communications.

Download Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus

Connect (X) Means

  • 5G infrastructure: The entire suite of solutions (Wireless, fiber, small cells, fixed wireless) to meet future capacity, connectivity and service requirements.
  • The Wireless Edge: Where datacenters, CDNs and wireless infrastructure converge.
  • The Emergence of Private Enterprise LTE: Unlicensed and shared network solutions: LAA, LTE-U, Multefire and OnGo.
  • Fixed Wireless and mmWave: Critical 5G Infrastructure for network operators, enterprises and government.
  • Connected Real Estate: DAS, Small Cells, Fiber and Private networks real estate owners, managers and integrators.

Powered By WIA

For more than 40 years, the Wireless Infrastructure Association has been the voice of the telecommunications network infrastructure community, representing wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate telecommunications facilities around the globe.

About WIA

The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents companies that build, design, own, and operate communications infrastructure.

Mission: Through public affairs and advocacy efforts – on the local, state and federal level – WIA works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure in order to enable wireless broadband everywhere.

Members Discounts: WIA members get discounts on exhibit space, sponsorships and registration passes at Connect (X).

Phone: 703.739.0300
Email: [email protected]

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