Conference Information

The IWCS 2020 International Cable & Connectivity Symposium will be a virtual event held entirely online in October 2020 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. We are creatively designing a full program to provide valuable opportunities for our speakers, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.

The IWCS 2020 Virtual Edition will follow the basic outline of the in-person conferences. Exact logistics will be worked out over the coming months and IWCS will communicate information as it develops.


Please note that during the planning stages for the IWCS 2020 Symposium information from the 2019 Symposium has been left on the website for your reference. This is done in order for you to be able to see all the elements of the Symposium. As the new 2020 plans are released, those sections will be replaced and clearly marked with the updated 2020 Symposium information.


2019 Conference Registration

Registration for all aspects of the IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium can be accomplished through this website or in person at the Conference.

Register by August 30, 2019 to take advantage of significant savings of the Early Bird Discount!

2019 Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will feature a Keynote Presentation by a distinguished business and thought leader in the global cable and connectivity industry. Recognition will be given for the Outstanding Technical Paper and Best Presentation from the previous year’s conference. The session is open to all Technical Symposium registered attendees.


2019 Executive Session


The Executive Session presents important information you need in managing your business. Presentations by key industry analysts and market experts will feature vital industry data of the fiber and copper markets, along with the general economic outlook. A panel of industry experts / CTO’s will provide insightful perspectives and answer your questions on Connectivity Technology Trends and Critical Infrastructure. We are looking forward to a lively discussion.  Networking opportunities for industry executives, procurement managers and senior leaders make this session a valuable experience for delegates to the conference.

Professional Development Program


The Professional Development / Training courses constitute an industry-recognized certification program, featuring Core Courses in fiber, copper and materials offered annually. The four Core Courses will provide basic technology information helpful to those new to the industry.

Additional Elective Courses are selected from a series of emerging technologies and practices and are offered approximately every two years. The four Elective Courses will deliver current, leading edge topics on areas of interest to engineers, scientists and other cable and connectivity professionals.

Participants have the opportunity to achieve a certificate of recognition for completing each of the courses.

2019 Course Descriptions

2019 Technical Symposium


The cornerstone of our Conference, the IWCS Technical Symposium is recognized as the premier technical symposium for the cable and connectivity industry. We will present well over 100 new and previously unpublished papers on innovations for cable and connectivity materials, connector/interconnect technologies, cable designs, components, fabrication, performance, testing and applications. The Executive Session is on Monday morning and the Technical Sessions will begin on Tuesday morning and end late afternoon on Wednesday.

2019 Supplier Exhibition


The IWCS Supplier Exhibition will include over 100 exhibitors from various levels of the Cable & Connectivity Supply Chain. This will enable you to learn about the wide variety of commercial product technologies and applications. New Product Presentations provide an opportunity for Suppliers to report on new commercial product developments. The 2-day exhibition on Monday and Tuesday offers the incentive for everyone to visit the exhibitors and maximize your networking opportunities.


2019 Monday Night Hospitality

All Conference attendees are invited as our guests to a cocktail reception on Monday, September 30, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, immediately following the Supplier Exhibition. This reception is co-sponsored by the Wire & Cable Industry Suppliers Association™ (WCISA) to honor scholarship recipients and students aspiring to join our industry. We hope you will join us to enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres with your colleagues to wind down from a full day, prior to your dinner plans. This year’s Hospitality Night will be a fun reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame adjacent to the Convention Center.