Wireless LAN Professionals Conference
Phoenix, AZ USA – 20-22 February 2018
Call For Presentations
We will need the following information:
1. Presenter Name
2.Presenter Headshot Photo (For use on #WLPC Website)
4.Presentation Description (short, one paragraph)
5.Presentation Time Desired (TEN Talk, 30-Min, 55-Min)
Here’s a timeline for the upcoming #WLPC in Phoenix. Please be apprised of these dates!
•Call for Presentations23 OCT 2017 (Must be submitted by 3 NOV)
•Survey to Community6 NOV 2017
•#WLPC Website Live15 NOV 2017
•#WLPC Registration Live15 DEC 2017
•#WLPC Registration Closed15 JAN 2017
•Bootcamp Sessions17-19 FEB 2017
•#WLPC Sessions20-22 FEB 2017
The process as follow:
•Ask for presentations – leave this open for two weeks
•Send a survey to the WLAN community to help sort and rank the presentations
•Assign presentation slots according to survey results
Those who want 55-minute sessions will be ranked, and the top 10-12 will have the top slots. We’ll have 5-10 30-min slots, and then 15-20 TEN Talks available. Based on how well the community responds, we’ll schedule the sessions accordingly.
Additional Information about #WLPC in Phoenix
We will be expanding the offerings for the pre-conference Boot Camp sessions. In the past we’ve held CWNP certification exam prep boot camp sessions – and then last year added Ekahau ECSE and Cisco WITSHOOT. In 2018 we’ll be expanding even further to meet the requests of attendees.
We’re adding five (5) new possible sessions specific for Wireless LAN Professionals. These 3-day boot camps are targeted at our community needs:
Advanced WLAN Design & Validation Course – extended features for post ECSE – including customized report template writing workshops, GPS surveys, measuring RF attenuation, tuning and remediation techniques.
Python and Scripting for WLAN Pros – focused on helping automate repetitive features and work flows to optimize your work throughout the WLAN life cycle.
3D Printing for WLAN Pros – from the initial build, to working with CAD, to printing your own usable tools to augment your WLAN experience.
Software Defined Radio – taught from Michael Ossman, the developer of the HackRF himself! A deep dive and tons of practical exercises to learn to use an included HackRF.
Penetration Testing – with the Hak5 team. Full suite of Hak5 gear and working through their RedTeam experience.
Additionally, we’ll have Aruba and Ruckus courses online to augment the continuing Cisco hands-on courses.
We will have all these available for you to choose from in the pre-conference survey. Not promising you to get the one you want… we’ll only carry those boot camp sessions that poll well in the survey process.
Last year we tried a new type of session, called Maker Sessions. They were enjoyable for some and we thought there were great, but we learned it is quite difficult to get 250+ people to work on projects simultaneously… OK very difficult. Thus this year we are changing things up a bit. We are now calling these “Deep Dive” sessions – and there will be 3-hours total for this category of session. Split into two 90-minute blocks. One on Tuesday and one on Wednesday.
As an attendee, you will need to pre-register for your specific choice of Deep Dive session. This will allow us the time to purchase Deep Dive kits and have them prepared and ready to be delivered in each attendee bag. There will not be ‘spares’ of Deep Dive kits – so plan on attending your session of choice.
On the upcoming survey, we’ll see which sessions are held in the best regard, and size the rooms accordingly. Some of the ideas we are kicking around at this time for ‘Deep Dive’ sessions are as follows:
Throughput Testing – using pre-built ODROIDs, NetScout Test Accessories, client applications – we will teach and implement real-world testing with lots of hands-on exercises so you will leave with the knowledge AND the tools to perform throughput testing in your own environments.
Ham Radio – we’ll spend the first session reviewing specifics for the US Ham Radio Technicians license. Then that evening will have a local Radio Club to offer live exam testing. (Others can choose to sit their Technician, General or Extra licenses as well). In the second part, we will program and test a variety of techniques to get you on the air for your first time with your own portable Ham radio!
3D Printing – this is a 3-hour version of the 3-day bootcamp. Each participant will have their own 3D printer, and will learn the basics, and actually print your first item on the second session!
Python Scripting – another 3-hour version of the 3-day boot camp. Focusing on the basics, but ending the second session with you running your own scripts to automate testing and on boarding of new AP’s.
Advanced Surveying – in this session we’ll learn to use the survey trays, GPS units, and do RF Attenuation of wall measurements in real-world situations. Including all the gear you’ll need to do this at #WLPC as well as take home to work on your own WLAN designs.
WLAN Pen Testing – using a full suite of WiFi Pineapple gear, this group will configure, test, and do penetration techniques (in a building away from all other attendees…) – you’ll leave with the gear and experience to test your own corporate WLANs for some common vulnerabilities.
SDR and 802.11 – using a HackRF to both capture and transmit 802.11 frames from a very base level – modulation all the way through decoding the frames.
Birds of a Feather Sessions
One more try this year to have Birds of a Feather sessions so you can have time to hang with others who might be having the same issues with respect to their WLANs as you do. TBA
Monday Night Registration Event
We are augmenting the registration evening experience by having a bunch of local Food Trucks in the nearby parking lot during the registration time to go along with the cash bars.
#WLPC After Dark
We’ll open up the various event venues for groups to hold gaming events – SNES, Switch, etc. We’ll have at least three different sites up for you to spend your evening time playing with friends. (We will shut down at midnight… you DO have a conference to attend the next morning!)
Vendor Training Sessions
Like all previous #WLPCs we will be offering evening training events for those vendors to share their technology with attendees in a laid back, more relaxed atmosphere.
We will be offering a fully-configured location for conducting podcasts with your gear, or with ours. We’d like to encourage folks to share their ideas with others locally as well as with a broader audience. If you have a podcast, lets talk about what you’ll need.
WLAN Association Meeting
We will also be offering space for the WLA to hold a general and/or working meetings