IWCS 2016 | Rhode Island Convention Center | October 2-5, 2016

IWCS 2016 - The International Cable & Connectivity Symposium is coming to Providence, Rhode Island, USA in 2016

With the success of IWCS 2015, once again the conference will be held in October, which is one month earlier than our traditional date. We hope that this is beneficial for our attendees and allows for fewer conflicts with the hectic year-end work demands and holiday schedules.

The program is full of rich content, beginning with the Professional Development / Training Courses, right through the Wednesday afternoon Technical Sessions.

Conference Registration

Registration for all aspects of the Conference and Technical Symposium can be accomplished through this website, by mail or in person at the Conference.

Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will feature a keynote address and recognition for the best papers and presenters of 2015. The session is open to all Technical Symposium registered attendees.

Executive Track


The Executive Track presents important information you need in managing your business. Views of the marketplace and the economy are keys to the planning process. This year’s Executive Track program will feature vital industry data of the fiber and copper markets, along with the general economic outlook. Also, presentations will cover insightful perspectives on Connectivity Technology Trends, Critical Infrastructure, Hyper-Scale Data Centers and Sustainability for the Cable & Connectivity Industry.

Professional Development Program


In addition to the core courses in fiber, copper and materials, we are introducing new courses on the issues and technologies of high concern and interest. The three core courses will provide basic technology information, helpful to those new to the industry. The elective courses will deliver current, leading edge topics on areas of interest to engineers, scientists and other wire and cable professionals. Participants have the opportunity to achieve a certificate of recognition for completing each of the core courses.       Course Descriptions

Technical Symposium


The cornerstone of our Conference, the IWCS Technical Symposium is recognized as the premier technical symposium for the cable and connectivity industry. At our 65th conference in 2016, we will present well over 100 new and previously unpublished papers on research and development for wire & cable materials, connector/interconnect technologies, designs, components, fabrication, performance, testing and applications. Sessions will begin on Monday morning and end late afternoon on Wednesday.

See Program for Session Descriptions

Supplier Exhibition


The IWCS Supplier Exhibition will include over 100 exhibitors from various levels of the W&C 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. 


Monday Night Hospitality

All Conference attendees are invited as our guests to a cocktail reception on Monday, October 3rd, from 6pm – 7:30pm, immediately following the Supplier Exhibition. This reception is co-sponsored by 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.