The 2023 BICSI Winter Conference (Feb. 5-9) brought information and communications technology (ICT) industry professionals from around the globe to Tampa, Florida, offering the latest in technical educational resources, industry updates and highlights, and networking opportunities to both attendees and exhibitors.
Highlights of the recent conference included:
- The 15th Annual Cabling Skills Challenge, in which several installers and technicians competed for $5,000 and the title of BICSI Installer of the Year
- BICSI's Annual Awards Banquet, which highlighted several prominent figures within the ICT profession (including CI&M's chief editor, Patrick McLaughlin) for their achievements.
- BICSI's perennial Technology Showcase and What's New, What's It Do? sessions, spotlighting ICT industry advancements and products from a multitude of exhibitors.
- Over 40 educational presentations covering a wide swath of ICT industry topics.
Meanwhile, on Monday, February 6, BICSI, which is headquartered in Tampa, was honored by the City of Tampa with a commemorative paver placed on the Tampa Bay Riverwalk for the organization's role in fostering the city's community and economy over the past 50 years.
The paver, which depicts BICSI's 50th anniversary of conferences logo, was unveiled for the 2023 BICSI Winter Conference's official opening.
In attendance at the paver's unveiling ceremony were BICSI board of directors president Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, DCDC, ESS; chief executive officer John Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS; board president-elect David Richards, RCDD, NTS, OSP, TECH, CT; and many others, including Visit Tampa Bay vice president of convention sales, Adam DePiro.
The very first BICSI (i.e. BICs) conference was held in Tampa in 1973. Since then, BICSI has continued to hold annual conferences and foster growth in the ICT industry, and Tampa in particular.
"This premier information and communications technology event has been coming to Tampa since the 1970s, and has brought in millions of dollars to our economy," said representatives from the Tampa Convention Center.
The 2023 BICSI Fall Conference is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 10–14.