By Daniel Howard, CTO and SVP, Engineering of SCTE
As you know, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) continues to strive to provide new and unique ways to both train and challenge the cable workforce and our members. Through our Chapters, we have been holding a very successful Olympic-style challenge for field-level employees that includes both hands-on skill assessments and knowledge-based contests, and this continues to be a big hit with our members and the industry. But one thing I kept hearing in meetings with cable executives, managers and at SCTE chapters was the need for SCTE to provide resources and involvement opportunities for the IP engineers and computer scientists in our workforce who manage an increasingly larger portion of the overall network.
I’m therefore proud and excited to announce the new SCTE IP Challenge that we developed in partnership with Cisco as a response to this need. This new interactive event was created to drive awareness of the importance of foundational IP knowledge among the cable workforce, and it is designed to promote the benefits of IP expertise in the cable industry, as well as leverage thought leadership around IPv6 in particular.
The SCTE IP Challenge consists of a virtual qualifier and an in-person, live final at EXPO that will utilize hands-on activities for increased excitement and to bridge traditional RF to IP knowledge transfer. The virtual qualifiers consist of customized online Jeopardy matches, where participants will answer 25 questions in five IP-related categories:
The SCTE virtual qualifier platform is now online for interested participants, and I encourage you or your workforce to get involved in this exciting new event. Not only does it provide an opportunity to showcase your knowledge, but it is also a chance for those of us who are tasked with keeping our training and certifications maximally relevant to see how we are doing and where we should beef up our programs in the area of IP knowledge and practice.
Please participate or encourage others to participate here: http://www.scte.org/ip. We look forward to meeting the best our industry has to offer at the live final during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo on November 17 in Atlanta, and I look forward in particular to seeing you all at EXPO.