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Thank You to All Who Attended Our TFI Conference! Presentation Slides are Posted

Thank you to everyone who attended the 12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference! We hope you left with lots of new ideas and inspiration from the content and connecting with the other attendees. Whether this was your first time or you’ve been coming for while, each of you brings something special that adds to the magic of the conference. We greatly appreciate you. We are particularly delighted that six of you were at the inaugural conference 12 years ago!

A special thanks to our fabulous Keynotes, Guest Speakers, and Panelists. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful Sponsors, AusConsultants, CostQuest, and Deloitte! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Conference Slides are all up!

Thank you to everyone who filled out our Critique Sheets. We particularly appreciated those who left kind comments that we can quote to attract attendees to next year’s conference.

If you didn’t fill out a Critique Sheet, please click here to fill one out, or reply to this email with comments. We greatly appeciate endorsements!

We will post pictures soon, followed by conference videos of the sessions. In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or if we can be of service.

Warm regards,
Larry Vanston and the TFI Team

This Week! 12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference,

We are really looking forward to another great TFI Conference this week in Austin. We hope you can join us. If you haven’t already registered, there’s still time!

12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference
January 26-27, 2017, Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Austin, Texas

Wednesday, January 25
–Pre-Conference Reception: 6:15 – 7:15 pm Hosted by CostQuest
Thursday, January 26
–Conference Sessions: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
–Reception, 5:45 – 7:00 pm
Friday, January 27
–Conference Sessions: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
–Box Lunch Discussion 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Register now and join top technology thought-leaders and industry, consultants, and government professionals to connect and get updates on the most vital areas including:

–Wireless Communications, including 5G and HetNets
–Broadband & Video, including Gigabit Networks and OTT
–Network Technologies, such as SDN/NFV
–Cutting-edge Technologies like IoT, VR/AR, Cognitive Computing
–Fast Data, and Vehicular Automation

 

For more information visit the TFI Conference Site or call us at (512) 258-8898 or email at info@tfi.com.

Next Week! TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference in Austin – Jan 26-27

There’s still time to register for the 12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference,  January 26-27 at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown in Austin, Texas. Register now and join top technology thought-leaders and industry, consultants, and government professionals to connect and get updates on the most vital areas including:

  • Wireless Communications, including 5G and HetNets
  • Broadband & Video, including Gigabit Networks and OTT
  • Network Technologies, such as SDN/NFV
  • Cutting-edge Technologies like IoT, VR/AR, Cognitive Computing, Fast Data, and Vehicular Automation”

It’s not to late to register! Below is the list of speakers and agenda. For more information, we invite you to visit the TFI Conference Site or feel free to call us at (512) 258-8898.

Looking forward,
The TFI Team
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TFI Communications Technology Asset Valuation Conference 

Wednesday, January 25
Pre-Conference Reception: 6:15 – 7:15 pm Hosted by CostQuest
Thursday, January 26
Conference Sessions: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Reception, 5:45 – 7:00 pm 
Friday, January 27
Conference Sessions: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Box Lunch Discussion 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Speakers & Agenda: 

  • “The New Transformative Technologies”Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D., Conference Director, President, TFI
  • “Communication Technology Update” August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D., Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications,  University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals
  • “Virtual and Augmented Reality: Games, Shows, and Apps” A Short Film by TFI
  • “New Broadband/Video Markets, Impacts, and Bandwidth Point/Counterpoint”Augie Grant and Larry Vanston
  • THOUGHTLEADER: “An Interview with Byron Reese, Publisher of Gigaom”  – Byron Reese, Author, Futurist, Entrepreneur, Technologist CEO/Publisher, Gigaom; CEO, Knowingly – Carrie Vanston, Leader, Corporate Cultures that Rock (Interviewer)
  • KEYNOTE: “From Here to 5G”Iain Gillott, President & Founder, iGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
  • “Wireless Industry Panel”  – Gary Wiggins, Executive Director – Property Tax, AT&T, Jim Dombrowski, Manager Property Tax, Verizon,  David Schneider, Manager, Ernst & Young Contractor for Sprint, Stephen Yergeau, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile
  • “TFI Wireless Forecast Update” Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI
  • KEYNOTE: “Computer Vision – Welcome Our Newest Consumer of Video and Bandwidth!” Kristen Grauman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin
  • “TFI Broadband/Video Forecast Update” Lawrence K. Vanston, Conference Director, President, TFI
  • “The Post Millennials and their Impact on Communications”Anne Boysen, President & Founder, After the Millennials
  • “SDN/NFV: Tutorial, Insights, and Impacts”Dub Dublin, CEO, Dublinvention LLC
  • “IoT Security or Lack Thereof–Constraint or Showstopper?” Dub Dublin, CEO, Dublinvention LLC
  • Broadband Industry Panel and  
    “Communications Industry Current Affairs”
  • Jeff Binkley, Advisory Director, Deloitte, Christian Altenburger, Manager, Property Tax, Comcast, Joel Rubensohn, Senior Tax Manager, Cox Enterprises, Robert Strong, Tax Director, AT&T, Jim Dombrowski, Manager, Property Tax, Verizon, Steven Ingram, Manager, Property Tax, CenturyLink
  • “Communicating about Technology Change: Five Keys for Success” Box Lunch Presentation and Discussion – Carrie Vanston, Lead, Corporate Cultures that Rock

Location/Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 300 E. 4th Street., Austin, TX, 512-236-8008 or 800-321-2211. The hotel is in walking distance to Austin’s best live music venues and restaurants and is near the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and other popular Austin sites. 

We hope you can join us at the TFI Conference.
We look forward to another wonderful year of learning, sharing, and networking!

Happy New Year! For this year’s card, we focus on Happiness and Work/Life Balance!

Our long tradition of designing our own holiday card around a trend continues with this year’s being Happiness and Work/Life Balance!
Holiday verse by Dr. John Vanston & Carrie Vanston and design by Helen Mary V. Marekhappy-new-year-tfi-2016-2017-w-mt-cctr-3-finalfinalfinal-1200x1350Take a fun walk through our Holidays Past!
2015 – Self-Driving Cars, 2014 – Philae Robot Landing,  2013 – Santa’s Drones, 2012 – Mayan Calendar, 2011 – Neutrinos, 2010 – New Technologies, 2009 – MiniTrends, 2008 – Stock Market, 2007 – Climate Change, 2006 – Ubuntu Greeting. Stop by our office and we’ll show you more!

TFI Conference Hotel Room Block Expires January 11th!

Happy New Year!

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UPDATE: Good News! The Marriott has extended our room block one week. Attendees can reserve studio suites until Wednesday, January 11, at 5pm CST.

If you can join us for the TFI Conference later this month and would like to stay at the conference hotel book your room today!

Rooms in downtown Austin are very scarce the week of the conference. Our special rate for studio suites at the conference hotel is $249 per night plus tax. Rooms can be booked online or call the Marriott at 512-236-8008 or 800-321-2211 and mention you are with the “TFI Asset Valuation” group.

The Courtyard Marriott Downtown is in easy walking distance to Austin’s best live music venues and restaurants and near the Texas State Capitol, the University of Texas, and other popular Austin sites. (Photo source: Marriott)

And if you haven’t already, be sure to register now for the TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference, January 26-27, 2017 in Austin Texas.

We look forward to seeing everyone later this month.

VR/AR Session for the TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference

We hope you will be as excited as we are about the VR/AR session for the TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference:

“Virtual and Augmented Reality: Games, Shows, and Apps”
A Short Film by TFI

VR/AR has the potential to revolutionize media and have a tremendous impact on communications networks. In order to better convey the power and scope of this technology, TFI is producing a short film with examples of AR/VR ranging from gaming to cinema to industrial applications to you name it. A point/counter point discussion follows on the market potential for AR/VR, its impacts on broadband and video, and its bandwidth requirements. Fun and valuable!

Visit the conference website for more details on Keynotes, Guest Speakers, Panelists, and the full schedule. Register today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tfi-communications-technology-…

Also, if you plan to stay at the conference hotel, a limited number of studio suites are still available for $249 per night (cut off is January 4). https://aws.passkey.com/event/14934031/owner/31218/home

TFI Conference Early Bird Extended to Friday 12/16 + Hotel Info

img_6797We know this season is super busy, so we are happy to extend our Early Bird Rates for the TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference until Friday, December 16! Please register now.

Be sure to check out the TFI Conference website for a complete list of our distinguished keynotes, guest speakers, and panelists, as well as the full schedule!

textAlso, please make your hotel reservations ASAP! We still have a limited number of nice studio suites available for $249 per night (cut off is January 4 or when block is full).

We hope to see you in Austin in January!

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Warm regards,
Larry Vanston and the TFI Team

TFI Communications Tech & Asset Val Conference — Agenda, Keynotes, Speakers & Panelists — Jan 26-27, 2017

The top conference in the country for sharing the latest trends, developments, and opportunities impacting communications and asset valuation just keeps getting better! Please see below for Guest Speakers, Panelists, and Agenda. Don’t miss our early bird rates! Register now for the 12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference Jan. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Austin.

AGENDA with Keynotes, Speakers, and Panelists: 

TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

“The New Transformative Technologies”vanston-larry-3
– Lawrence Vanston, Conference Director, President, TFI

 

“SDN/NFV, A Transformed Network for a Transformed World”
– Speaker TBA

“IoT Security or Lack Thereof – Constraint or Showstopper?”dub-dublin-sm-4
– Dub Dublin, CEO, Dublinvention LLC

 

 

byron-reese-smallTHOUGHTLEADER: “An Interview with Byron Reese, Publisher of Gigaom”

– Byron Reese, Author, Futurist, Entrepreneur, Technologist
CEO/Publisher,
Gigaom; CEO, Knowingly
– Carrie Vanston, Lead, Corporate Cultures that Rock (Interviewer)

 

WIRELESS

KEYNOTE: “From Here to 5G”iain-gillott-2016-sm
– Iain Gillott, President & Founder, iGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)

 

 

Wireless Industry Panel
– Gary Wiggins, Executive Director, Property Tax, AT&T
– Jim Dombrowski, Manager Property Tax, Verizon
– David Schneider, Ernst & Young Contractor for Sprint
– Stephen Yergeau, Director, Property Taxes, T-Mobile

TFI Wireless Forecast Update
– Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI

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TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES (Continued from morning)

kristen-grauman-smKEYNOTE: “Computer Vision – Welcome Our Newest Consumer of
Video and Bandwidth”
– Kristen Grauman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin

 

BROADBAND & VIDEO

“TFI Broadband/Video Forecast Update”
– Lawrence Vanston, Conference Director, President, TFI

“Communication Technology Update”augie
– August (Augie) Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals

 

“The Post Millennials and their Impact on Communications”ShutterBug Headshots Austin TX
– Anne Boysen, President & Founder, After the Millennials

 

“Virtual and Augmented Reality: Games, Shows, and Apps”
– Speaker TBA

Broadband Industry Panel
– Christian Altenburger, Manager, Property Tax, Comcast
– Joel Rubensohn, Senior Tax Manager, Cox Enterprises
– Robert Strong, Tax Director, AT&T
– Jim Dombrowski, Manager, Property Tax, Verizon
– Steven Ingram, Manager, Property Tax, CenturyLink

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“Communicating about Technology Change: Five Keys for Success”carrie-vanston-3-11-16-good-smaller
– Carrie Vanston, Lead, Corporate Cultures that Rock

 

Don’t miss out! Take advantage of our Early-Bird Rate for General Admission and Assessors/Government/Academia for this Outstanding Event!

Welcome Dr. Kristen Grauman, Dept of Computer Science at UT, to TFI Communications & Assets Conference in Austin, Jan 26-27 2017

kristen-grauman-croppedWe are pleased to announce Dr. Kristen Grauman, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin as our Transformative Technologies Keynote at the 12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference Jan. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Austin.

An expert in Artificial Intelligence, Professor Grauman studies how computers process, interpret, and act on visual data, including video. This puts her at the center of so many of the technologies that will impact the communications industry: autonomous vehicles, drones, robots, augmented reality, IoT, cognitive computers, etc. Who knows, there may come a day when computers consume more video than people do, meaning even more bandwidth demand for our networks to cope with.

Professor Grauman has an amazing resume.

Professor Grauman leads the Computer Vision Group in the Department of Computer Science at UT-Austin. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 2006. Her research in computer vision and machine learning focuses on visual search and object recognition.

She is an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellow, a recipient of NSF CAREER and ONR Young Investigator awards, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System, the Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.  She serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Computer Vision and as an Associate Editor in Chief for the Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence.

We are honored and excited to have her participating in our program!

Welcome Leading Futurist/Technologist/Author, Byron Reese, to TFI Communications & Assets Conference in Austin, Jan 26-27 2017

byron-reese-cropped Great News! Award-winning Author, Futurist, Entrepreneur, Technologist, and Publisher of Gigaom, Byron Reese will join us for our 12th Annual TFI Communications Technology & Asset Valuation Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2017 in downtown Austin. Our own Carrie Vanston will interview Byron in an hour-long session devoted to the revolutionary technologies that will help shape communications as well as our lives.

Byron has an especially broad view of technology change, having just wrapped up Gigaom Change, a major conference covering seven disruptive technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Robotics, Cybersecurity, and Human-Machine Interfaces.

reese-byron-bookSpecial bonus: All attendees will get a free copy of Byron’s book Infinite Progress which provides an optimistic view of our future. Nice!

We are very fortunate and pleased indeed that Byron has agreed to participate!

Shout-Out for Questions: Please let us know if you have any questions you’d like us to ask Byron.

Take advantage of our Early-Bird Rate for General Admission and Assessors/Government/Academia for this Outstanding Event!