We are delighted to have been asked to advise the HBAA on the ‘Wild Wild West of Wi-Fi Survey’ and applaud the initiative.
The survey seeks the opinion of event profs and HBAA members to compile a definitive document about venues’ Wi-Fi policy and whether there should be an industry standard. The debate has been rumbling on for at least 10 years.
Very simply, everyone would like to know what a conference organiser needs in terms of Wi-Fi provision and what they should expect to pay for their need. This survey aims to clarify this from both the buyer and venues' perspective.
Without wanting to pre-judge the results of the survey, from our perspective there needs to be clarity around the following areas:
- Is there a minimum expectation that all venues can sign up to? Does it work commercially for them? How can we describe this minimum standard in a way everyone will understand?
- Would a minimum standard offered by venues meet the requirements of event organisers?
- Where organisers need more than the minimum requirement, how can the organiser and venue have a productive conversation about what’s needed and what a fair cost for that service would be?
We’d love to hear your opinion, click here to take the survey.
The results will be revealed at a networking event on Monday 24th September, where hosts Caleb Parker, HBAA Tech & Innovation Chair and Adam Parry, Co-founder of Event Tech Live will discuss the results in advance of a roundtable discussion on the topic at Event Tech Live in November. You can register for the event here.
To discuss your Wi-Fi needs and find out more information about our Wi-Fi audit service please click here or contact us.