Conference Information

The IWCS 2019 International Cable & Connectivity Symposium will be held from September 29 through October 2, 2019 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

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

Please note that during the planning stages for the IWCS 2019 Symposium information from the 2018 Symposium has been left on the website for your reference, in order for you to be able to see all of the elements of the Symposium. As the new 2019 plans are released, those sections will be replaced with the updated 2019 Symposium information.


2018 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 September 21, 2018 to take advantage of significant savings of the Early Bird Discount!

2018 Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will feature a Keynote Presentation by a distinguished business and thought leader in the global cable and connectivity industry. Also, 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.


2018 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, Critical Infrastructure and the requirements for Hyper-Scale Data Centers. Networking opportunities for industry executives, procurement managers and senior leaders make this session a valuable experience for delegates to the conference.

We are looking forward to a lively discussion in the Panel Discussion. See some topics to be discussed and which companies are participating, in this 1 minute video. Panel Discussion

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 three Core courses will provide basic technology information helpful to those new to the industry. Participants have the opportunity to achieve a certificate of recognition for completing each of the core courses.        

Additional Elective courses are selected from a series of emerging technologies and practices and are offered approximately every two years. The elective courses will deliver current, leading edge topics on areas of interest to engineers, scientists and other cable and connectivity professionals. 2018 Course Descriptions

2018 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 the annual conference, 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. Sessions will begin on Monday morning and end late afternoon on Wednesday.
Short Preview Video

2018 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.


2018 Monday Night Hospitality

All Conference attendees are invited as our guests to a cocktail reception on Monday, October 15th, from 6pm – 7:30pm, 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.