[CWN-Summit] Call for Panel Proposals

Cecille Isidro cecille.isidro at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 11:40:08 CST 2008

CALL FOR PANELS — Due March 31, 2008

International Summit for Community Wireless
May 28-30, 2008, Washington, DC
Send panel proposals and questions to: summit at chambana.net<summit at cuwin.net>

 Since the first National Summit for Community Wireless Networks in 2004,
hundreds of community Internet and municipal broadband initiatives have
sprung up around the globe. Internet access is increasingly important to all
facets of civil society, but many communities are being left out of this
communications revolution. "High-speed broadband access is the electricity
of the 21st century, yet many rural and poorer urban communities are being
left off the grid," says Ben Scott, policy director of Free Press, a
DC-based policy think-tank. "The innovators and organizers at the
International Summit for Community Wireless Networks are blazing the trail
to make broadband affordable and available to everyone."

The 2008 summit will be co-hosted by the world's largest general scientific
society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and
continue its tradition of featuring wireless leaders, innovators, activists,
and community networking visionaries from around the globe.

The Summit focuses on how wireless networks can better serve their target
populations, the policies needed to support broader deployment of community
wireless systems, and the latest technological and software innovations in
the field. "Wireless networking is about far more than Internet
connectivity," states Sascha Meinrath, Summit Director. "It's about building
next-generation multi-media services for communities, fostering social and
economic justice, and facilitating a vibrant arts and cultural scene."

We invite your panel proposals and participation in this year's
International Summit for Community Wireless Networks to discuss and exchange
ideas on how to make universal broadband access a reality. More information
will be available soon at: http://www.wirelesssummit.org


Interested presenters are encouraged to propose innovative panels focusing
on the three themes for the Summit: technology, policy, and implementation.
The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks distinguishes
itself from typical technical and academic conferences by engaging all
participants in an ongoing dialog that encourages a strategic approach to
community wireless network development and telecommunications policy reform.
Panelists will not simply present their own work and opinions — they will
also serve as facilitators of a process that records lessons learned and
help produce a comprehensive "to-do list" of action items for the coming
months and years.

While three days is not long enough to develop a truly comprehensive
strategic plan, panels at the Summit represent a significant opportunity for
thinkers, developers, and stakeholders to produce substantial
recommendations to support the development of community wireless networks.
The Summit is, in essence, a gathering of leaders in the field and an
opportunity to shape the future of this movement. Past panels can be
reviewed at: http://www.cuwin.net/2007summit/2007schedule.

Panel ideas will be accepted on a rolling basis and must be received no
later than* March 31,** 2008*. Please send panel proposals of 250 words or
less to: summit at chambana.net <summit at cuwin.net>

Travel stipends are available for speakers with financial need.
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