Wireless Field Day is unique and unlike any other event I’ve participated in. When you boil it down, the event is about community – interested people that come together to share their passion for Wi-Fi technology.
Wireless Field Day is comprised of industry delegates that are asked to represent users, customers and consultants while meeting with Wi-Fi vendors to hear their latest/greatest tech-talks. While each vendor is indeed a competitor to the next, there is no “he said/she said” or “vendor bashing” that occurs during the presentations. Each vendor puts their best foot forward and presents from a “why me” perspective hoping to establish thought leadership and presence into the community.
On a recent episode of On The Fly Wi-Fi event creators from Gestalt IT, Stephen Foskett (@SFoskett) and Tom Hollingsworth (@networkingnerd), discussed what makes this event special and why the WLAN industry needs this community so badly.
Those that follow the Tech Field Day events get to hear the banter from the delegates and other Internet participants on social networks before, during and after the event. Let me add some perspective from a presenter standpoint.
This was the 2nd time I had opportunity to present, and represent IdentiFi Wireless from Extreme Networks at Wireless Field Day. I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I was back at WFD6 in January, but still felt the pressure to ensure a positive session was delivered. It takes a lot of preparation and confidence to stand-up in front of this audience. From Extreme’s standpoint we believe the opportunity is critical to our own success – if we can’t prove ourselves in this forum, it’s hard to expect that our own sales teams can succeed elsewhere.
It was much easier facing the delegates this time having met most last time at WFD6, and I could feel a greater sense of my own belonging within the community. In fact two delegates, Lee Badman (@wirednot) and Keith Parsons (@KeithRParsons), have joined recent episodes of On The Fly Wi-Fi chatting topics of mobility with me.
Welcoming back other delegates I met at WFD6 with smiles and warm handshakes was great – Blake Krone (@BlakeKrone), George Stefanick (@WirelesssGuru), Jake Snyder (@JSnyder81), Sam Clements (@Samuel_Clements), Richard McIntosh (@CiscoTophat) and of course Jennifer Huber (@JenniferLucille).
What made WFD7 even better was meeting new people, with new excitement. I must say if there were an award for “excited rookie of the year” it would have to go to Glenn Cate (@GRCate). Added to Glenn, were first timers Stewart Goumans (@WirelessStew) and Craig Schnarrs (@The_WiFi_Guy) and a return delegate from past events Peter Paul Engelen (@PPJM_Engelen).
Meeting these great people face-to-face really exposes the sense of community that is formed at these events. Tweeting, and socializing over the Internet is taken to another level with those that you have met and know personally.
If you share interest in the WLAN community I recommend following all of these people on twitter, and might as well add myself to the list: @MikeLeibovitz
From an Extreme Networks standpoint we are proud sponsors of Wireless Field Day and thoroughly enjoyed our time. We had a lot to discuss around Wi-Fi and SDN. You can watch all the action from @ExtremeNetworks at #WFD7:
Extreme Networks IdentiFi Introduction
Extreme Networks OneView Video Demo
Extreme Networks SDN and Wi-Fi
Extreme Networks IdentiFi SDN Architecture
Extreme Networks SDN Integration with Microsoft Lync