With 2008 wrapping up rather quickly and The Cable Show ’09 just around the corner, I cannot help but to reflect on The Cable Show ’08 and share with you what will happen in the new year.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the New Playground at Fannie C. Williams Elementary School.
One of the major things that stood out to me about The Cable Show ’08 was how welcoming our host city, New Orleans, was.
All of us at NCTA were very excited to return to New Orleans and give back to a city that has given us so much over the years. Once again a special thank you to all of the CableCares volunteers for all of their hard work and positive attitude.
For 2009: We will once again have some volunteer opportunities at The Cable Show ’09 (more on this to come soon).
Think BIG. The Cable Show ’08
With more than 182,000 square feet of exhibit floor space, over 380 exhibitors and 12,000 plus attendees, The Cable Show ’08 proved to be a show that can’t be missed. We opened The Cable Show with the successful tru2way Developers’ Conference and closed it with our first ever, Battle of the Bands. Some other highlights from The Cable Show were:
For 2009: The return of Battle of the Bands and some exciting news on our General Session speakers.
What are some of your fond memories of The Cable Show ’08? What are you looking forward to in 2009?
We finally have the preliminary schedule posted on The Cable Show website. More details about The Cable Show will be added as they come in. Expect a lot more information to come in January. Don’t forget that The Cable Show is also a part of Cable Connection.
Some highlights from the schedule include:
- CableCares is coming back and there will be events on March 31 and April 1 that you can participate in.
- Opening General Session will be at 3 pm on April 1.
- NCTA Vanguard Awards will be a reception at 3pm on Friday, April 3 at 3pm.
- The Cable Show will close with the ever popular Battle of the Bands on Friday.
For those not familiar with Battle of the Bands or BoB, BoB is a charity fundraiser that we held last year. Proceeds raised from the event went to CableCares to benefit local New Orleans charity. Due to tremendous demand, we are bringing back BoB and will be donating proceeds from the event to a soon to be announced DC charity. More information on BoB will come shortly. Here’s who came in the top three positions at last year’s BoB:
Xpanded Bandwidth of Cox Communications, won the Battle of the Bands competition.
The Paul Allen Band rocked its way into second place.
The Frontline locked up the third spot.
Congratulations to CableCares for raising over $280,000 to donate to a number of organizations dedicated to helping with Hurricane Katrina efforts. From their press release yesterday:
$100,000 — Hands On New Orleans. This organization was one of the partners for the many school-related projects under CableCares. This grant will help perpetuate further volunteer rebuilding activities
$100,000 — Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans. This grant to VOA, an organization that manages diverse activities, will help it continue its Hurricane Katrina rebuilding activities with local volunteers.
$85,000 — Greater New Orleans Foundation. This grant will be channeled directly to the Foundation’s “Rebuild New Orleans Fund,” established just after Katrina for long-term rebuilding. This Fund works to meet immediate needs in the community and bolster priority areas it has identified, including housing, workforce development, and education.
2008 NCTA Technical Papers™ are now available to purchase. The publication includes all of the white papers from the speakers featured in NCTA Technical Papers sessions. The book and cd version of the Tech Papers are on sale for $75. You can purchase a book or a cd by downloading a Purchase Form and faxing it into NCTA.
Finally have videos of the different CableCares programs posted. Did you volunteer for one of the programs? See if you can spot yourself in one of the videos. Thanks again for your help!
- Saturday events: Featuring footage from the Sarah T. Reed and Fannie C. Williams playground build.
- Sunday events: Showing events from the Gospel Music Channel charity event, Hunt.Fish.Feed, Sarah T. Reed High School beautification project, Laurel Elementary wiring project and Book Mountain.
- Monday events: Highlights include footage from Laurel Elementary and Banneker Elementary wiring projects.
- CableCares Wrap Up: Includes snippets from all the CableCares events and the Motorola Partners In Technology & Education donation.
Broadband Gear Report’s Fourth Annual Diamond Technology Reviews or The Diamonds came out recently and it features many of the companies that exhibited in New Orleans for the 2008 show.
Purchase an official Battle of the Bands Charity Fundraiser t-shirt to continue supporting CableCares efforts in New Orleans. Each t-shirt is only $25 and we will ship it to you for free. Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what size you need (S-XL) and how many. Don’t forget to include your contact info and your daytime phone number so we can reach you.