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CableLabs Summer Conference 2019

Fueling the Work Revolution

Nestled in the beautiful Rocky Mountains is a place where hundreds of technologists and innovators gather every summer to collaborate, share and learn—a place we like to call “Faster, Together.” Join us at our 2019 Summer Conference and see for yourself. This year’s agenda is jam-packed with innovation showcases, powerful keynotes, expert panels, Fireside Chats and plenty of networking opportunities for professionals from all corners of the cable industry. This is the one place where you can go to get inspired—or inspire others—to build the future we can all be proud of faster, together. Be sure to register today!

Special announcement: This will be your last opportunity to attend our Summer Conference. All the positive feedback from our past attendees has prompted us to think even bigger! In 2020, we’re launching a brand new annual event designed to meet the growing needs of our tech community in the new decade and beyond. Stay tuned for updates.

Conference Hosts

Keynote Speakers

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    Safi Bahcall - Author of Loonshots

    In his instant Wall Street Journal bestselling book Loonshots, Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about innovation and group dynamics, challenging everything we thought we knew about radical breakthroughs. In talks based on his book—which Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman calls “Not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand how ideas change the world”—Bahcall shows how we can stoke innovation, create better leaders, and support “loonshots”: the imperfect but ingenious ideas that have the potential to change the world.

    As a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and co-founder and CEO of Synta Pharmaceuticals, Safi Bahcall spent nearly two decades of his life bringing big, innovative ideas to fruition. Frequently, this meant assessing and developing loonshots—the widely dismissed ideas whose champions are often written off as crazy. Along the way, he noticed the obstacles that innovators came up against, which seemed to stem from “the mysteries of group behavior.” As he dynamically explains, small changes in the structure of a company, rather than in its culture, can transform the behavior of the distinct groups involved, allowing innovation to flourish.

    In his talks, Bahcall shows how the science of phase transitions—think water becoming ice—suggests a useful new way of nurturing radical breakthroughs. He explains the mystery of why good teams—even those with excellent people and the best intentions—can kill great ideas. With humor, history, and a dash of physics, Bahcall offers audiences the tools to become initiators of innovative surprise rather than witnesses to it.

    Bahcall is a physicist and biotech entrepreneur, and in 2011 worked with President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on shaping the future of national research. After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Bahcall co-founded the biotechnology company Synta Pharmaceuticals, where he helped develop new drugs for cancer treatment. He led Synta’s IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named the Ernst & Young New England Biotechnology/ Pharmaceutical Entrepreneur of the Year. His first book, Loonshots, is out now from St. Martin’s Press. Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, and The Washington Post all included Loonshots in their Top 10 and Must-Read booklists of 2019.

    Additional Information:
    View Safi Bahcall's website

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    Catherine Hoke - Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker

    What would it be like if you were known for the worst thing you’ve done? Or known for the worst thing you never did? Don’t we all need second chances?

    In 2004, Catherine Hoke toured several Texas prisons and discovered that many of the incarcerated men she met possessed strong business acumen, sales skills, and entrepreneurial qualities. She also found that many gangs and drug rings are run similarly to corporations —with bylaws, bookkeeping functions, marketing strategies, and quality control programs. Following these realizations, Catherine Hoke founded two of the most successful and disruptive nonprofits in corrections: Prison Entrepreneurship Program and Defy Ventures.

    Her efforts have inspired 7,000 executives, entrepreneurs, and investors to volunteer as mentors and employers. Over 5,000 incarcerated people have graduated from these programs, and in doing so, many have earned Baylor University MBA certificates. The programs reduce violence and have produced industry-leading recidivism rates of less than 7% and 5% respectively.

    Most recently, Cat launched a company called Hustle 2.0. Hustle 2.0's vision is to be the first self-sustaining, for-profit company delivering life-transforming education to millions of justice-involved Americans. To produce the most cutting-edge product, Cat established a computer lab within California's Pelican Bay State Prison, one of the most notorious prisons in America. In doing so, she is bringing together the most talented incarcerated people along with leading professors, industry experts, and correctional leaders to contribute to the program.

    Cat inspires audiences to use failure as a catalyst for innovation and reinvention. Cat will challenge you to ‘step to the line,’ forgive yourself and others, and move forward by making a difference.

    Seth Godin published her best-selling book, “A Second Chance: For You, For Me, and for the Rest of Us,” a powerful reflection on the struggles and triumphs of her journey, and her graduates’ journeys.

    Fast Company named Cat one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Forbes named her on “40 Women to Watch Over 40.” She received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award.

    Additional Information:
    View The Power of Second Chances TEDx Talk
    View Catherine Hoke's website

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    Michael Powell - President and CEO of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

    Michael K. Powell is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nominated by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He served as a member of the FCC for eight years during which time he was designated its chair by President George W. Bush in January 2001 and continued in that capacity until April 2005.

    During his time as FCC chair, Chairman Powell oversaw the rapid transformation of communications markets into the Digital Age. During his tenure, the Internet came into widespread commercial use, as did smart phones, Wi-Fi networks and satellite radio.

    In his current role as President & CEO of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association,
    Mr. Powell leads one of the largest trade associations in Washington, D.C., representing the communications and content industries. Prior public service includes Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and service as an armored cavalry officer in U.S. Army. In the private sector he practiced law and was a senior advisor in a private equity firm. Chairman Powell also served on the boards of Cisco and AOL.

    Chairman Powell serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, The William and Mary Endowment Board and America’s Promise Alliance. At America’s Promise, he co-chairs the Grad Nation project, an effort to address the high school dropout crisis.

    Powell received his bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and also holds an honorary doctorate from the College. He also served as Rector of the school’s Board of Visitors. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

Speakers

Agenda

  • 08/05/2019
    DAY 1
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    • 6:30am - 6:30pm Registration / Information
    • 6:30 - 8:15am Breakfast
    • 8:00am Conference Welcome and The Near Future Film Premiere
      Speaker: Phil McKinney, CableLabs
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 8:45am Better Network, Better Future, 10G
      Speaker: Ike Elliott, CableLabs
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 9:30am Keynote
      Keynote Speaker: Safi Bahcall, Technologist, Business Executive, Author
      View Safi Bahcall's website
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 10:30am Coffee and Networking Break
    • 11:00am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      Coherent Optics in the Access: Are We There Yet?
      Moderator: Alberto Campos, CableLabs
      Speakers: Steve Jia, CableLabs; Venk Mutalik, Comcast; Tom Williams, Acacia Communications
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      An Interview with Jeremy Hitchcock, Former CEO of Dyn
      Moderator: Steve Goeringer, CableLabs
      Speaker: Jeremy Hitchcock, Minim and Dyn
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 11:45am Lunch and Networking
      Tek Stadium™ floor open
      Project Meeting - For CableLabs members only.
      View the agenda
    • 1:15pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      Innovation Showcase - Part I
      (1:15 - 2:15pm)
      Moderator: Scott Brown, CableLabs/UpRamp
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      Quantum Computing – The Final Frontier?
       (1:15 - 1:45pm)
      Moderator: Bahman Rashidi, Comcast
      Speakers: Walter Krawec, University of Connecticut; Paulina Kuo, NIST; Pete Quesada, Comcast
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak

      Swimming Upstream – How Much Speed Do You Need?
      (1:45 to 2:15pm)
      Moderator: Ron Reuss, CableLabs
      Speakers: Keith Davis, Cox Communications; Dave Rodrian, Charter Communications
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 2:15pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      Facebook Connectivity – Bringing More People Online to a Faster Internet
      Speaker: Mark Kelley, Facebook
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      Are My Networks Ready to Deliver Immersive Experiences?
      Moderator: Arianne Hinds, CableLabs
      Speakers: Bhaskar Banerjee, GridRaster; Dhananjay Lal, Charter Communications; Michael Sudin, Blade Group
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 3:00pm Networking Break
      Tek Stadium floor open
    • 4:00pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      Strategies for Building a 10G Access Network
      Moderator: Curtis Knittle, CableLabs
      Speakers: Robert Ferreira, Intel; Matt Petersen, Charter Communications; Larry Wolcott, Comcast
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      LTE Ingress: Detection and Field Trial Results
      Moderator: Mark Poletti, CableLabs
      Speaker: Maher Harb, Comcast
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 5:00pm Reception
      Tek Stadium floor open
    • 6:30pm Travel to BBQ Roundup
      Transportation will be provided
    • 6:30pm BBQ Roundup (until 8:30pm)
    • 8:30pm End Day 1
  • 08/06/2019
    DAY 2
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    • 6:30am - 6:30pm Registration / Information
    • 6:30am - 8:15am Breakfast
    • 8:00am 4FRONT™ Announcement and Trailer
      Speaker: Phil McKinney, CableLabs
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 8:15am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      What Happens Outside North America … An International Operator Discussion
      (8:15 - 9:15am)
      Moderator: Chris Lammers, CableLabs
      Speaker: Rasmus Aveskog, Tele2; Thomas Ee, Taiwan Broadband Communications; Vivek Khemka, Liberty Latin America
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak


      Which Next-Gen CODEC Should I Use, and When? Decoding the CODEC Landscape
      (8:30 - 9:15am)
      Moderators: Jud Cary, CableLabs; Arianne Hinds, CableLabs
      Speakers: Scott Davis, Charter Communications; Yasser Syed, Comcast; Bill Warga, Liberty Global
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 9:15am Short Break
    • 9:30am Keynote
      Keynote Speaker: Catherine Hoke, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
      View The Power of Second Chances TEDx Talk
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 10:30am Coffee and Networking Break
    • 11:00am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      Innovation Showcase Part 2
      (11:00am - 12:00pm)
      Moderator: Scott Brown, CableLabs/UpRamp
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      Making Gamers Happy - How Can Operators Deliver Low Latency?
      (11:00 - 11:30am)
      Moderator: Greg White, CableLabs
      Speakers: John Chrostowski, Comcast; Owen Parsons, Cox Communications
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak

      Enabling Mobile Deployment Using Low Latency Xhaul (LLX) Over DOCSIS® - Why and How?
      (11:30am - NOON)
      Moderator: Jennifer Andreoli-Fang, CableLabs
      Speakers: John Chapman, Cisco; Shahed Mazumder, CableLabs; Damian Poltz, Shaw Communications
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • NOON Lunch and Networking
      Tek Stadium™ floor open
    • 1:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      CBRS: Coming to Market
      Moderator: Mark Poletti, CableLabs
      Speakers: Preston Marshall, Google; Dave Wright, CommScope
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      How Can RadSec Benefit Wi-Fi Roaming and Data Offload?
      Moderator: Luther Smith, CableLabs
      Speakers: Betty Cockrell, BSG Clearing Solution; Mark Grayson, Cisco
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 2:15pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      UpRamp | Fiterator - Where Are They Now? Alumni Success Stories
      Moderator: Lisa Schwab, CableLabs/UpRamp
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      How Do Profiles Increase the Robustness and Capacity of the DOCSIS® 3.1 Network?
      Moderator: Karthik Sundaresan, CableLabs
      Speakers: Nader Foroughi, Shaw Communications; Bryan Santangelo, Comcast
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 2:45pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

      Innovation Showcase Finale
      Moderator: Scott Brown, CableLabs/UpRamp
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak

      Can Satisfaction Be Improved with Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Data Elements™?
      Moderator: Josh Redmore, CableLabs
      Speakers: Consuelo Ortiz, Wi-Fi Alliance®; Hal Roberts, Calix
      Location: Fireside Chat - Longs Peak
    • 3:15pm Networking Break
      Tek Stadium floor open
    • 4:15pm A Conversation with Michael Powell, President and CEO, NCTA
      Keynote Speaker: Michael Powell, NCTA
      Moderator: Phil McKinney, CableLabs
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 5:15pm Closing Remarks
      Moderator: Ike Elliott, CableLabs
      Location: Main Stage - Shavano Peak
    • 5:30pm Reception (until 6:45pm)
      Tek Stadium floor open
    • 6:45pm End Day 2
  • 08/07/2019
    DAY 3 Member-Only
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    • 7:00 - 9:00am Breakfast
      For CableLabs members only
    • 8:00am Member-Only Project Meetings
      View the agenda
    • 11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch and Farewells