Blandin’s Broadband Conference to take place over 4 weeks

The Blandin Foundation is holding its annual Broadband Conference in a very different way this year. Rather than a usual 1-2 day conference filled with back-to-back seminars and panel discussions, this years’ conference will take place over four weeks. And thanks to broadband, the conference will be 100% virtual.

With the use of a virtual setting and by spreading the conference over four weeks, Blandin is also moving away from a meeting-based conference to more focus on collaboration, community discussion, and mentorship. Opportunities include:

  • Custom meetup/mentoring sessions where you can meet online with potential partners and/or experts in broadband adoption and deployment
  • Learning cohorts (small groups) to connect you with other attendees to bounce ideas and traverse an online event throughout the conference
  • Keynote speakers with the option to ask questions in real time or later, including Shirley Bloomfield of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Coalition, Roberto Gallardo from Purdue Center for Regional Development, Deb Socia from The Enterprise Center, and internationally known author and journalist Thomas Friedman.

The virtual conference will take place Oct. 6-8 for scheduled sessions from 9 a.m.-noon, elective sessions and small group opportunities Oct. 12-23, and additional sessions from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 27-29.

Conference details and registration are available at All sessions will be recorded and available online following the conference.