My second Wi-Fi specific conference is officially over. I am at a loss for words.
During the final day’s presentation, Lee Badman (@wirednot) was talking about blogging and how you need to present your own view on something, especially when there are going to multiple people blogging on the same topic. Since I am pretty sure that EVERY first time attendee to the Wireless LAN Professionals Conference, or #WLPC is going to have the EXACT same response, Lee is going to have to give us a pass on this one. Maybe next year I will be able to come up with something original to blog about, but I’m not right brain enough to be that original, especially after 6 days of nothing but Wi-Fi. Special shout out to Keith Parsons and all of his crew for making this happen.
To try and come up with a different format, I’m just going to make a list and then sit back and try and process.
- I arrived on Friday night before the start of the conference and immediately upon arrival at the hotel, I was standing behind the great Jussi Kiviniemi (@JussiKiviniemi) as he checked in to his room. He gave me his cookie, I was awe struck and giddy like a little school girl. This must be what normal people feel like when meeting celebrities.
- I took Peter MacKenzie’s (@mackenziWiFi) CWAP class. That dude lives in the matrix and comes out every once in a while to teach. During our class he captured a device that roamed between 2 AP’s and did prior coordination before the move over the air, and then when it moved back the coordination was over the wire. He was like a kid at Christmas and it was AMAZING to watch how happy he got!
- Day One of the conference was overwhelming with that many really, REALLY good Wi-Fi guys in one room. I was immediately humbled to even be in the room.
- Charlotte Galamb (#Charlotteneedsatwitteraccount) learned to never dare a Wi-Fi guy to make a fool out of themselves merely to get some swag. Granted I made a fool out of myself by standing up in the middle if Jussi’s presentation and yelling her name when it was dead silent in the room, but I got my patch! #Charlotteneedsatwitteraccount is now @WiFiCharlotte so I guess she learned.
- Again, Jussi Kiviniemi is a rockstar. Multiple slides about Nickolas Cage on a pillowcase is not something many can make up. If you missed it, there is simply no way to
- Being able to sit at lunch and then at dinner with some smart folks and talk Wi-Fi is something you don’t get at many other conferences, Wi-Fi Trek being the exception. It’s fun to just dive in and not have to explain yourself to route/switch guys who have no clue.
- Day Two – I definitely DIDN’T present on the morning of day 2. If I had, I would have been able to drop some amazing numbers on the room in a short amount of time and make them think about things.
- I’ll be honest, I forgot most of the rest of the morning because I was studying.
- Took, and passed, my CWAP exam right before lunch. That test is a bear, and I am also worried about my next test, CWSP. Maybe I’ll worry about that after my brain settles down.
- So many deep dives but only could choose one. I know I chose well with the deep dive on WLAN testing, and the amount of work that was put in by Jerry Olla (@jolla) and Scott McDermott (@scottm32768) was impressive. I can’t wait to try out everything we covered.
- Whiskey & Wireless podcast the night of Day Two was eye opening. There was a decent size room of people that sat and listened about Wi-Fi for 3 hours while drinking. That is dedication my friends!
- Talking to some really smart people outside of the podcast for what felt like an hour was AWESOME! The camaraderie and willingness to help is something that I have not found anywhere else. Want to know why this is now the highlight of my year? That time defines it!
- I want to get my CWNE, by the real goal in life is now the CWJA. No question.
- Ferney Munoz (@Ferney_Munoz) is a bulldog and I am mighty impressed after watching him work, and present. If you don’t follow him, you should.
- Lee Badman (@wirednot) received CWJA #7 and the Wi-Fi person of the year. Between that and his presentation on blogging, he is just one more example of why I love this community.
- Glenn Cate (@grcate) has proven to be a great mentor that has continued since Wi-Fi Trek in Orlando. He has always been there propping me up and maybe dressing up in PPE during his presentation took some embarrassment off of my “Charlotte” stunt from Day 1. Thanks for everything Glenn!
I can’t wrap up my first WLPC without a special mention. On Monday night, I met up some guys in the bar at the hotel. Standing there was some lanky dude who didn’t say much at first. When he did speak I was a little surprised with the accent. I was then introduced to Nate York. Over the course of 3 days I was blown away with his knowledge, his expertise, his humility, and his humor. I might not get my CWNE for a while, I may never get a CWJA, but associating with people like Nate makes me want to be a better Wi-Fi engineer and a better person.
What else can you ask for from a conference?