WISP Virtual Summit 2021 Recap
The second edition of the WISP Virtual Summit, organized by Preseem and sponsored by leading industry vendors, ended on March 31st, 2021.
Building on the success of Preseem’s first-ever online summit, the WISP Virtual Summit 2021 RELOADED took place across three days. Featuring presentations by industry experts and established fixed wireless ISPs, there were also opportunities for WISPs to network with peers and win prizes.
In order to showcase the scale, scope, and impact of this event, we’ve put together a recap below. We’ve also made core sessions from the event available on our webinars page.
About the Attendees
Due to its online nature, the WISP Virtual Summit 2021: RELOADED was a worldwide event and completely free.
More than 600 members of the fixed wireless industry participated in this trailblazing event. WISP owners and operators, industry experts, consultants, government representatives, and leading vendors were among those in attendance.
Attendees joined from over 60 countries, including the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Peru, Italy, and Germany!
Attendees were able to create their own event schedule by choosing between 17 sessions spanning three different tracks. These included Future-Proof Your WISP, Starting and Scaling Right, and Advanced Networking.
Attendees signed up to attend an average of seven sessions each. Many of these featured WISP owners sharing their first-hand business and industry knowledge.
Sessions for Everyone
Event sessions included business best practices, network design and management tips, and sponsored vendor presentations. As well, a panel of experts led each session, tapping into their combined knowledge to deliver engaging and informative presentations.
A live Q&A followed each session, allowing presenters to answer questions via video. As a bonus, each entrant that participated in a live Q&A was automatically entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Each day of the virtual event, attendees also had the opportunity to participate in special Zoom networking sessions. These sessions allowed participants to chat with their peers about timely topics, while also sharing their own insights.
The average session garnered 261 registrations, with some of the more popular sessions attracting 300+ attendees.
One of the most popular tracks was Starting and Scaling Right. This featured three sessions in which experienced WISP owners shared their business tips.
Sessions from vendors covered a diverse range of topics. These included how to deliver gigabit speeds with a wireless network (Cambium Networks), an ISP roadmap for 2021 (Visp.net), and also methods for creatively financing a WISP (Ritalia Funding).
Nick Buraglio, owner of The Forwarding Plane, delivers a presentation on Core and Backhaul Network Design at the WISP Virtual Summit 2021: RELOADED.
An Online Event with Real-World Benefits
In addition to joining expert sessions and connecting with industry professionals, attendees also had the chance to win a variety of prizes.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of any tradeshow or WISPA event is being able to collect and take home swag. As such, attendees had the opportunity to win gift cards and physical prizes throughout WISP Virtual Summit 2021: RELOADED.
We made it easy for attendees to win prizes, with incentives for both registering and participating in the summit.
Registrants were automatically entered to win a physical swag box. This box contained goodies such as a T-shirt from Cambium Networks, a water bottle from Visp.net, a journal from Ritalia Funding, and a mug from Preseem.
In total, we shipped 100 swag boxes out, which lucky participants can expect to arrive by mid-May.
Overall, attendees amassed $1,450 worth of gift cards simply by participating in sessions at the WISP Virtual Summit 2021: RELOADED!
A look at the prizes that were available to be won at the WISP Virtual Summit 2021: RELOADED.
Watch Sessions from the Summit
To help WISPs make the most out of the content from the summit, we provided each attendee with unrestricted access to core sessions from the event!
We want WISPs to succeed with their businesses, and we feel that the content from these sessions will help them do just that!
That’s why we’re also allowing individuals that missed the event to access recordings of core sessions from the summit for free on our webinars page.
We are incredibly thankful to all the attendees, partners, and supporters that helped organize the WISP Virtual Summit 2021: RELOADED. It was a great opportunity for the WISP community to connect, learn from one another, and have some fun during an otherwise difficult time in the world.
As the pandemic (hopefully) eases, the Preseem team will continue to be a part of in-person tradeshows and events. In this regard, we’re excited to be showcasing the Preseem platform at booth #521 at WISPAMERICA 2021 from April 27-29. Maybe we’ll see you there!