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TFI Communications Technology Conference

Organized By
Technology Futures, Inc.
Jan 24
06:15 PM - 01:20 PM

Use Code "BuiltInAustin" for Special Rate of $295!! Regular price $995.

Join us in exciting downtown Austin for the top conference for communications technology professionals. Technologies covered include Wireless, Broadband & Video, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented and Virtual Reality. Now in its thirteenth year, the TFI conference unites industry, consultants, and government with leading experts in the technologies that are revolutionizing the industry and impacting the values of communication assets. Come for of learning, sharing, and networking!

Gain Background, Insights, and Forecasts:

  • Wireless Communications, including 5G and HetNets
  • Broadband & Video, including Gigabit networks and OTT
  • Network Technologies, such as SDN/NFV
  • Cutting-edge technologies including:
    * Artificial Intelligence
    * Artificial Reality
    * Virtual Reality

Stay Relevant and Timely:

  • High level review of top communications trends
  • Informative presentations on key technologies
  • Illuminating discussions of current and emerging issues facing the communications industry
  • Important insights on the impact of these changes on asset valuation
  • Multiple opportunities to connect and reconnect with community and thought-leaders

You Should Attend If:

  • You have a business or policy interest in the communications network's future, or
  • You are involved with the valuation of communications assets, or
  • You are impacted by changes in the telecom, wireless, and cable television networks, or
  • You are active in the IoT, AI, VR or other up and coming communication technologies, and
  • You value learning, sharing, and collaborating with industry leaders and professionals

Conference Sponsors
Special thanks to our Sponsors, AUSCostquest, and Deloitte.

Additional 2018 Sponsorships Available


Jeffrey AndrewsCullen Trust Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, 
University of Texas at Austin
"5G and the Promise and Perils of Ultradensification"

We welcome back Professor Andrews as our 2018 Wireless Keynote. His previous engagements at TFI in 2011 and 2014 are among our most memorable and popular.
In addition to his keynote, Professor Andrews will also discuss New Radio (the first 5G physical layer standard) and update us on what's new in the cellular and WiFi community looking forward.

Mohammed AliChief Architect, Austin VR Lab 
"Augmented Reality: Status, Applications, and Prospects"
Live VR Demos using Smart Phones
Special Bonus: TFI is gifting all attendees with Top-of-the-Line Vive Headsets for all attendee

In case you haven’t heard, Austin is a hotbed for Virtual and Augmented Reality. We are excited have one of its leaders, Austin AR Lab, collaborating with usYes it's for "Real!"

Special Guest:

Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
Wireless Industry Fireside Chat with hosts Gary Wiggins, AT&T and Stephen Yergeau, T-Mobile

Last year Iain returned as our 2017 Wireless Keynote to awesome reviews. We are extremely happy to have him back in 2018!

Conference Director:

Lawrence K. Vanston, Ph.D., President, TFI
"TFI Overview"
"Forecasting Artificial Intelligence"
"TFI Broadband/Video/Wireless Forecast Update" with Ray Hodges
"The Education Technology Revolution" with Augie Grant

Guest Speakers:

Dub DublinCEO, Dublinvention LLC 
"Artificial Intelligence as a Commodity"

August (Augie) Grant, Ph.D.Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications,
University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals
"The Big Media Shuffle: Is Bigger Better?"
"The Education Technology Revolution"with Larry Vanston

Carl Hoemke, CEO, Co-Founder, crowdREAS
"Artificial Intelligence Tax Applications"

Ruben Miranda, Director, Duff & Phelps
"Broadband Spectrum Pricing"

Mike WilsonVice President, CostQuest  
"Communications Public Policy Issues Review"

Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI
"TFI Broadband/Video/Wireless Forecast Update" with Larry Vanston

Jeffrey Binkley, Advisory Director, Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, Deloitte
Broadband Industry Panel Moderator

Carrie VanstonExecutive & Energy Leadership Coach, Corporate Cultures That Rock
"Leveling Up Your Leadership Energy"

Guest Hosts:

Gary Wiggins, ASA, CAE, Executive Director - Property Tax, AT&T
Wireless Industry Fireside Chat, Co-Host

Stephen YergeauDirector, Property Taxes, T-Mobile
Wireless Industry Fireside Chat, Co-Host

TFI Staff:

Helen Mary Marek, VP Operations & Creative Director, Technology Futures, Inc.
Conference Liaison

Past attendees include those from:

  • Communications Policy

  • Finance, Asset Valuation and Property Tax

  • Strategic Forecasting

  • Market Strategy

  • Network Planning

  • Legal and Regulatory

  • Depreciation and Asset Lives

  • New Technology Startups and Developers

What Attendees Say

"Great program... information is timely and program ties together well. Good for attendees with various background and interests. I highly recommend it." ―Jeffery S. Binkley, Director, Deloitte

"...a unique learning experience to be had via the lectures and interaction with the audience and TFI." ―Robert G. Strong, Tax Director, AT&T

"Practical information from industry insiders provided me insight I haven't found anywhere else." Augie Grant, Professor, University of South Carolina

"Great conference as always! Too many excellent speakers to list. Particularly remember 5G presentation."
―Dmitriy Matsyshen, Sr. Tax Manager, T-Mobile

"5 Stars! Informative sessions with dedicated speakers." 
―Paul Tucker, Independent Appraiser

"Nice update on technology. ..." 
―Charles Burkhardt, Senior Consultant, CostQuest

"Great range of topics & speakers that were both fascinating and provocative." ―Jim Dombrowski, Property Tax Manager, Verizon

"Based on TFI's knowledge, skills and experience, I strongly recommend this conference to anyone who is involved in assessing telecommunications equipment or anyone involved with telecommunications in some form or another." ―Raul Reyes, Business Personal Property Supervisor, Dallas Central Appraisal District

"...Proper valuation must take into account technological externalities that will diminish the value of the existing assets. The technological innovations are having a such an impact that keeping up is essential. This conference keeps me up to date." 
Roger Grabowski, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps

"Great conference for all of those who want an update on trends in the communications industry and the technologies impacting it. As an academic, I found it especially valuable in providing me ideas of what I need to be looking out for in my own areas of interest.
―Kim Houser, Business Law Professor, Washington State University

Conference Schedule:


6:15–7:15 pm Pre-Conference Reception Meet & Greet, Rooftop

Conference Day One Begins, Rio Grande Ballroom

8:30 am Introductions and Welcome/TFI Overview
Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI


8:50 am Forecasting Artificial Intelligence
Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

9:20 am Artificial Intelligence Tax Applications
Carl Hoemke, CEO, Co-Founder, crowdREASON

9:50 am Break

10:05 am Artificial Intelligence as a Commodity
Dub Dublin, CEO, Dublinvention LLC

10:35 am Panel Discussion: Impacts of AI on the Communications Industry 
and Society

11:05 am Break


11:20 am Keynote: 5G and the Promise and Perils of Ultradensification
Jeffrey Andrews, Cullen Trust Professor of Electrical & Computer 
Engineering, WNCG, University of Texas at Austin

12:20 pm Discussion and Q&A

12:30 pm Lunch Break, Gatehouse

1:15 pm Wireless Industry Fireside Chat

Iain Gillott, President and Founder, iGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.) Special Guest
Gary WigginsAT&T 
Stephen YergeauT-Mobile


2:15 pm Keynote: “Augmented Reality: Status, Applications, and Prospects”
Mohammed Ali
Chief Architect, Austin VR Lab 

3:00 pm Virtual Reality Demo - Austin VR Lab - Groups 1-3

6:00 pm Day Ends

6:15 pm Conference Reception – Rooftop

Conference Day Two, Rio Grande Ballroom


8:30 am TFI Broadband/Video/Wireless Forecast Update
Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI
Ray Hodges, Senior Consultant, TFI

8:50 am The Big Media Shuffle: Is Bigger Better?
August (Augie) Grant, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass 
Communications, University of South Carolina; Co-Editor, 
Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals

9:30 am The Education Technology Revolution
August (Augie) Grant, Professor, University of South Carolina
Lawrence Vanston, President, TFI

9:50 am Break

10:05 am Broadband Spectrum Pricing 
Ruben Miranda, Duff & Phelps

10:35 am Communications Public Policy Issues Review
Mike Wilson, CostQuest

11:05 am Break

11:20 am Broadband Industry Panel
Jeffrey Binkley, Deloitte (Moderator)

12:20 pm Concluding Remarks

12:30 pm Break

12:35 pm Box Lunch Presentation and Discussion - Leveling Up Your Leadership Energy
Carrie Vanston
Executive & Energy Leadership Coach, Corporate Cultures That Rock

1:25 pm Conference Ends

To give you an idea of the quality of our keynotes, speakers, and panelists, view our January 2017 TFI Conference Schedule, Slides, Videos, Photos & Bios


Registration Information:

Click here or see "Tickets" at Top of Page

General Admission: $995)

Assessor/Academic/Government Rate: $295.00*

*Special rate for assessors, government, or academia

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Start 2018 with the latest knowledge and insights on

the key forces impacting your organization!


Venue: Courtyard Marriott Downtown

Location/Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 300 E. 4th Street., Austin, TX, 512-236-8008 or 800-321-2211. We have a limited block of guest rooms. Book now at the special TFI room rate of $229 per night until January 8, 2018.

The hotel is in 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. This is a non-smoking facility with complimentary high-speed Internet and wireless access throughout the hotel. (photo source: Marriott)

For more information about Austin, please visit Austin 360 or Austin Chamber of Commerce.


Please contact Helen Mary Marek, at [email protected] or call us at (512) 258-8898 with any questions regarding the conference.


Location of Event

Courtyard Marriott Downtown 300 E. 4th Street Austin, TX
Austin, TX
Courtyard Marriott Downtown 300 E. 4th Street Austin, TX
Austin, TX

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