Your Guide to SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015

Welcome to New Orleans

There’s only a few weeks left until SCTE Cable-Tec Expo takes over the city of New Orleans!

To help you find your way around, we’ve created this guide to the city. Keep reading to find information on where to visit, what to eat, and who to see at the the Cable-Tec Expo.

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to register. Visit the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo registration page.

Feel free to stop by the Incognito software booth (#1109) to say hello and to pick up a free copy of our new vCPE for Dummies handbook.

Enjoy the guide!

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SCTE Cable-Tec Expo ‘15: Who’s going to be there?

General Session Speakers

A high-profile cast of panelists will discuss the future of our industry, from broadband network investment, energy management, the connected home, business services, and more.

Panelists include:

  • Balan Nair – Executive Vice President and CTO, Liberty Global Inc. and Cable-Tec Expo 2015 Program Committee Chair
  • Nomi M. Bergmen – President, Bright House Networks
  • Phil McKinney – President and CEO, CableLabs
  • John Schanz – Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer, Comcast Cable Communications

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ron Adner – Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Adner’s research explores new perspectives on the relationships between firms, customers, and the broader ‘innovation ecosystems’ in which they interact to create value. He will be giving the luncheon keynote to introduce the “Wide Lens” approach, giving cable and telco operators an expanded view of the industry.

There’s just too many renowned speakers for us to list them all. For a full list of speakers, moderators, and their topics, visit the SCTE Expo Daily Workshop’s Page.

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo ‘15 Workshop Summary: What to expect

To help you maximize your time at the Expo, here’s a short summary of this year’s Cable-Tec Expo Technical Workshops for the following 5 track areas:

Business-to-Business Solutions and Energy 2020

Energy efficiency and operational methodologies are a big topic during a time of innovative software and hardware development. Find out how to optimize your hardware plant and access network while reducing energy usage, and see how virtual CPE opportunities can reduce or even eliminate the need for purpose-built hardware.

Next-Generation Services

There’s more to next-gen services than just increasing options for the end-user. These workshops teach operators how to securely and efficiently evolve services to improve QoE and alleviate network stress from bandwidth-cannibalization-causing OTT and all-IP content providers. In addition, learn how virtualization can be implemented to complement your existing services.

Wireless and Home Networks

Constantly advancing wireless services is crucial to modern-day operations. WiFi and LTE are becoming ubiquitous, and service providers need to know how to effectively manage and diagnose problems on wireless devices. Design and optimization is imperative, and these workshop will teach providers how to continuously improve wireless home network QoE.

Wireline: Fiber and Core

These workshops cover everything you need to know about delivering core services in the age of continuously growing data traffic. Dig into the technical processes and learn best practices for node-splitting, IP-peering, coarse and dense wavelength multiplexing, and how to make HFC networks coexist with fiber-based PON. Also learn how to leverage software-defined networking in your core network.

Wireline: RF

The cable landscape is changing. New technology is poised to make cable services faster and more flexible. This track area offers workshops on real-world CCAP deployments and the requirements you can expect with a distributed architecture. Learn about DOCSIS 3.1 planning, crafting, trafficking, and engineering for the future, as well as avoiding LTE interferences along the way. This also covers the importance of leveraging Big Data analytics and how to measure them to support your operations.

For more detailed descriptions, visit the SCTE Expo Workshops by Track Page. Check out the interactive floor map to find your way around the Expo grounds (and remember that Incognito is giving away free vCPE for Dummies handbooks at booth #1109).

Best 3 Districts near the Expo:

Now that you’ve made some plans about what to do at the Cable-Tec Expo, let’s get out and explore the city!

This year’s Expo is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in the downtown central business district of the city. While this down-on-the-bayou district hosts a number of great restaurants and cocktail bars, its close proximity to a some famous areas makes it the perfect launch point to get some local flavour in the city where Jazz was born. Here’s a few great districts within walking distance:

French Quarter

For most people, the French Quarter (Vieux Carré, or simply “The Quarter”) is the tourist attraction of New Orleans. It’s also the city’s oldest neighborhood. See Spanish architecture dating back to the late 1700s, experience the colourful nightlife on Bourbon Street, and enjoy the beautiful gardens located in and around Jackson Square.

Tremé

This district is often touted by musicians and historians as the apex of Creole culture and art within the United States. Many locals consider Tremé to be the true cultural center of New Orleans, and it is often referred to as birthplace of Jazz, as well as many forms of modern american dance. Keep an eye out for great local soul food.

Marigny and Bywater

Just a short walk northeast from the French Quarter are two of New Orleans’ most interesting neighbourhoods. Marigny and Bywater are contemporary bohemian districts where colorful buildings and apartments house local musicians and artists. You’ll find one-of-a-kind treasures in a variety of antique and vintage shops. Don’t miss Frenchmen Street, where the locals go to catch live music.

Top 5 Must-see Attractions:

Feel like seeing some landmarks? Check out our recommendations:

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – Football Fan? Check out the largest fixed-dome structure in the world, home to the New Orleans Saints. There’s even a game on October 15, 2015, as the New Orleans Saints square off against the Atlanta Falcons (7:25pm CDT)

Ogden Museum of Southern Art – Get abstract, with a series of ever-changing exhibitions from artists both local and abroad.

Pontalba Buildings – If you’re into history and architecture, check out the oldest continually rented apartment buildings in the United States.

New Orleans City Park – Need some peace and quiet from all the jazz and dance? Take a serene stroll across stone bridges over the quiet streams in this beautiful city park.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway – If you like massive-scale engineering, take a drive across the world’s largest continuous bridge, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The causeway is actually two parallel bridges, with the longer of the two measuring 23.83 miles.

4 Things To Eat in New Orleans:

New Orleans Beignet

New Orleans Beignet

Beignets: A must eat. These French-style powdered doughnut made with choux pastry are available all over the city.

Homemade Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich

Homemade Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich

Po’Boys: Traditional submarine sandwich from Louisiana. Almost always made with meat, and served on a baguette-like French Bread. Crispy and delicious.

Spicy Homemade Cajun Jambalaya

Spicy Homemade Cajun Jambalaya

Louisiana Creole: Hope you like spicy! New Orleans is home to the most authentic and delicious Creole food. Oyster Rockefeller, Jambalaya, and Lobster Creole are just a few mouth-watering masterpieces.

Close Up Photo of Crawfish Boil

Close Up Photo of Crawfish Boil

Crayfish (crawfish, crawdads, or mudbugs): You’ll see these delectable critters boiling in big pots and spread over tables throughout over the city. Eat them the Cajun way, with lots of lemon and garlic.

5 Spots to Eat Near the Expo:

Cochon – Right by the Conference Hall. Amazing authentic Cajun fare.

Willie Mae’s Scotch House – An acclaimed soul-food kitchen. Be prepared to line up.

Café du Monde – Coffee, Beignets, and other sweet treats.

Irene’s Cuisine – Upscale Italian with a local twist! Make sure you get a reservation.

The Grill – If spicy Cajun and Creole food isn’t your thing, this highly regarded restaurant serving classic American cuisine is a great alternative.

(Bonus 6th place to eat) Parkway Bakery and Tavern – Sure, it’s a bit out of the way, but we at Incognito can vouch for this one — they serve the best Po’Boys in town.

We’re excited to attend this inspiring conference and experience this fantastic city with you. Come by to meet us at the Incognito booth #1109.

See you in New Orleans!

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