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2022 Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase

(Sessions are still in development but those that are scheduled are listed below.)


Keynote: Seth Arndorfer, CEO of Dakota Carrier Network

 

Opening Session: Cybersecurity Topic

 


BREAKOUT SESSION TOPICS

(topics are listed in alphabetical order and will be updated as the information becomes available)

 

25 Tips for Working Faster in Word, Excel, and Outlook

Cindy Solberg, TrainND

Microsoft Office is one of the most popular office suites out there. Whether you love it or hate it, these quick tips and shortcuts will make your day a little easier by helping you work faster in Word, Excel and Outlook.

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The Art and Science of Communication

Cindy Solberg, TrainND

Think of a time when you felt unable to connect with someone you were trying to talk to. What went wrong? Discover tips for communicating more effectively, whether face-to-face, via video conference, or electronically. Learn steps to gain others’ respect and cultivate relationships.

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The Basics and Integration of AppSuite and NISC Mapping & Staking

Chris Fries, Cathy Fuller, Jeremy Uecker (NISC)

In the first hour, from a live demo, learn how MapWise is used to create the connectivity from the CO to the home. The NISC team will show how MapWise and AppSuite integrate together and how AppSuite makes staking easier. In the second hour, you will see a quick, high-level AppSuite demo and learn about new ONT/cable connectivity. If time allows, the team will show new processes in service (build connectivity, clear FA from service points, an upstream connection update).

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Drug & Alcohol Testing: Answers to questions you didn't know you had

Brenda Borders, Northern Testing, Inc.

This course is an introduction to employer-based drug and alcohol testing. We'll learn why, how, who, and when to test employees for controlled substances.
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Enabling the IoT: A WLAN Security Wake-up Call

Andrew Walding, Cellstream

Most all devices that are being sold as "Internet of Things" connect to the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) via Wi-Fi.  Things like security cameras, Smart Thermostats, Smart Doorbells, Smart Lightbulbs and Switches, and so much more.  Can these devices be easily defeated?  Can they be taken offline perhaps causing issues for users, or worse, a serious personal security vulnerability?  This talk is an educational review of some key WLAN/Wi-Fi operational principles, and more importantly a demonstration of some vulnerabilities that you should be aware of as a telecommunications professional.

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Troubleshooting Fiber to the Home/Business (FTTx)

Curt Dukes, Viavi

Troubleshooting FTTx issues does not need to be a tedious process of jumping from point to point along the route from the customer location to the serving office.  Given today's easy-to-use, cost-effective fiber troubleshooting tools, basic technician "blocking and tackling" can save time, effort, truck rolls (money) and get customers back in service quickly.  There are simple, repeatable steps that can be used on every fiber job.  The purpose of this presentation is to show how far modern fiber troubleshooting has come, and that it is now easier and more affordable than ever for service providers.

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Hands-on Fiber Optics

Doug Peterson, Optical Xperts

The team from Optical Xperts will provide hands on fiber optics opportunities in the Dakota Ballroom. As in past conferences, separate sessions will be available for BSC Students and telecom technicians.

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High-Density and Dust Insensitive Fiber Optic Connector Technology Innovations

Sean Kelly, Light Brigade

This presentation will address the recent advancements in higher density, ruggedized, and dust insensitive fiber connectivity. Our industry really hasn’t seen an entirely new connector footprint in the past 20+ years. Multiple new and emerging connector footprints that increase density, streamline topologies, and simplify installation, and maintenance are coming to market. We will also look at new and innovative approaches to dust insensitive multi-fiber connectivity and cleaning and inspection of non-dust insensitive single and multifiber connectivity.

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Locating 101 - Theory, Best Practices, Troubleshooting

Gary Grimms, Locators & Supplies, Inc.

From the specialists at Locators and Supplies, this session offers what you need on locating. The class will assist in developing the understanding and skills needed to perform accurate underground utility locates.  We will cover the science and theory behind locating, along with best practices and trouble shooting techniques for those difficult locates.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss fault to ground fault finding if the attendees desire.

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Outside Plant Emerging Fiber Applications

Sean Kelly, Light Brigade

OSP fiber applications and methodologies are rapidly expanding and advancing. This session will highlight new applications such as 5G microcells and fiber optic sensing among others and how fiber is deployed and used. One specific deployment method that has seen advancements is air blown fiber. We will examine various ways that ABF is being used and installed in the OSP and as it transitions to ISP, as well as contrast the pros and cons of each.

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Security Systems Install & Security Camera Considerations 

James Anderson, Core4 Technologies

This two-hour session will begin with a discussion of modern video surveillance systems, including HD over coax and the various major technologies, IP video, video resolutions, form factors of cameras, WDR, and video analytics. The session move into building a video surveillance system--how to choose the right camera, calculating video storage, calculating pixels-per-foot, and putting the entire system together.

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Troubleshooting Fiber to the Home/Business (FTTx)

Curt Dukes, Viavi

Troubleshooting FTTx issues does not need to be a tedious process of jumping from point to point along the route from the customer location to the serving office.  Given today's easy-to-use, cost-effective fiber troubleshooting tools, basic technician "blocking and tackling" can save time, effort, truck rolls (money) and get customers back in service quickly.  There are simple, repeatable steps that can be used on every fiber job.  The purpose of this presentation is to show how far modern fiber troubleshooting has come, and that it is now easier and more affordable than ever for service providers.

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UPS Battery Backup and Surge Protection

Drew Hardin (Go Precision Group)

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WiFi 6 XGS/PON

Greg Luhman (AdTran)

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MORE TO COME!

 

 


CLOSING SESSIONS:

Mental Strength and Resilience in the Workplace

Monica McConkey, LPC

Life is stressful on so many levels, from relationships, to work, to finances, and beyond.  In this presentation, attendees will learn about 4 protective factors that will help them deal with stressors and get through difficult times.  In addition, we will discuss how to be supportive of others in the workplace who may be struggling. Bring your phones and be ready for an interactive session!

 

Entertainer Kip Attaway

Enjoy the performance of Kip Attaway, comedic entertainer.

 

updated 10-5-2021