Venues and professional conference organisers (PCOs) will debate the implementation of free Wi-Fi for conference delegates at a round-table event in London next month, in the next stage of the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers’ (ABPCO) Conference Cloud campaign.
ABPCO chair Michael Foreman and meetings technology consultant and M&IT columnist Corbin Ball will chair the round-table debate, which will take place on 5 December at Twickenham Experience. Attendance is open to ABPCO members and non-members.
The debate will involve three core components: technology, looking at what infrastructure is required, the technical challenges and what the cost implications might be; financials, considering some of the financial implications of offering Wi-Fi for free and discussing revenue models; and free Wi-Fi in action, asking venues to share examples of where free Wi-Fi is already in place and how this is working for those venues.
The Conference Cloud campaign has already signed up more than 100 venues across the UK committed to offering free Wi-Fi, while more than 200 individuals have signed the petition. ABPCO plans to host a further discussion on the topic at its annual conference in January 2012 in London.