Dear BICSI Global Members,

I feel like I say this very often, but that is good news: it is a busy time for BICSI Global! We have two events scheduled for next week—the 2nd Annual BICSI MEA ACE Summit on the 16th and the 2nd BICSI France Day on the 18th. Earlier this week, we had an engaging South Pacific Conference, and on September 28, the BICSI India District hosted a wonderful conference in Bangalore. I would like to thank all the volunteers who are working hard to make these and all of our events a success.

Speaking of upcoming events, I would like to invite you to the Japan District’s Data Center Boot Camp on 24 October (BICSI CEO John Clark will be there, too); the CALA District Puerto Rico Conference on 1 November; the Mainland Europe District Italy Conference on 8 November; the Korea Tech Day in Seoul on 20 November; the Japan District Conference in Tokyo on 22 November; and the Southeast Asia District Singapore Conference on 27-28 November. As I said before, it’s a busy time! I hope you can attend one or more of these events!

Finally, one of the most important activities coming up is our Board Strategic Planning session, which will take place in early November. This is the time where I and my fellow Board Members get together to discuss the strategy and direction of BICSI for the next year. As always, once our strategic plan is laid out, we will be sharing it with all our members.

Thank you all for your support of the BICSI Global Region—I hope to see you at a future event!

Warm regards,
Rick Ciordia, PE, RCDD, DCDC, RTPM
BICSI Global Region Director


BICSI to Host Second Annual ACE Summit in Dubai

Register now for the second annual 2018 BICSI MEA ACE Summit in Dubai on 16 October. This exciting event, being held at the Fairmont Dubai, is happening in conjunction with GITEX Technology Week (14-18 October), where BICSI will be exhibiting in the U.S. Pavilion. Join us for topics focused on ICT infrastructure and discussions about the future of the industry.

Presentation Topics

  • "Turning Smart Cities into Safe Cities" - Ettiene Van Der Watt and Tertius Wolfaardt
  • "Digital Disruption and Technology Trends" - Betty Bezos RCDD, DCDC, ESS, NTS, OSP
  • "How Can MEP Build an Efficient Communication Infrastructure?" - Mohamed Sultan Almahio
  • Panel Discussion: "Future-proofing ICT Infrastructure"

In addition, we will be hosting a Pre-Summit Masterclass on the subject of data centre availability and reliability taught by Chris Hobbs RCDD, DCDC, RTPM, CT.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to network, earn CECs and gain more ICT insight during all these great events! Space is limited, so please reserve your seat soon.



Sponsorship and Speaking Opportunities Open for the 2019 BICSI MEA Conference in Dubai

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the upcoming 2019 BICSI Middle East & Africa (MEA) Conference & Exhibition and start planning your trip to exhibit at the Dubai World Trade Center on 16-18 April! Increase your presence with: 

  • Larger booth sizes
  • BICSI Theater spots
  • New Product Pavilion

Reach thousands of ICT professionals and stand out as a leading industry resource by introducing the latest products, solutions and developments.

Sign up today! For more information, email or visit for the latest prospectus.

Become a Conference Presenter—Application Deadline Extended to 20 October!

BICSI is looking for looking for vendor-neutral, forward-looking ICT presentations to help shape our conference programme. Find out more and submit your online application before 20 October.



BICSI Welcomes TIA Smart Buildings Program Director to Asia Conferences

Esteemed presenter Limor Schafman, Esq. – Director, Smart Buildings Programs at Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), will present at three upcoming conferences:

"Powering Digital Transformation in Smart Cities—The Role of Smart Buildings"

The presentation will cover:

  • The macro-challenges facing communities today.
  • The need for a common connected platform and language for smart community development.
  • A technology review of smart building and smart city platform use cases.
  • How community and industry leaders can collaborate to build smart communities of the future, today.
  • An overview of TIA's smart buildings and communities program and exploration of how BICSI and TIA are collaborating together.

About Limor
Limor Schafman has international expertise as an attorney, market strategist, entrepreneur, innovator, blogger, speaker and moderator. Currently she’s working with communications and connectivity members of TIA, as well as real estate and building systems companies, and municipal leaders, developing the Smart Buildings Program. As an integral part and microcosm of Smart Communities, developing market understanding, frameworks, specifications and standards for intelligent real property that serves the needs of both the communications and real property ecosystems, can be an avenue to accelerate Smart Community development.

Limor began her career as an attorney in Paris, France at the firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel, and the bank, Société Générale. She brings an understanding of developing immersive and interactive environments, having worked in the theme park and video game industries, before founding KeystoneTech Group, her market strategy and business development consultancy. Limor is also former president of the World Future Society DC, co-founder, chair emeritus of the IPv6 Forum Local Chapter, and co-founder of DCGames, an outdoor games fest, and the serious games meet-up, Games Gateway.

Limor received her Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law; Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania; and Executive Program Business degree from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She is a non-practicing member of the California, Massachusetts and New York state bars.



Register Now for the 2018 CALA District Puerto Rico Conference

Gain more ICT insight at the 2018 CALA District Puerto Rico Conference & Exhibition in San Juan on 1 November. Registration is open for this exciting event! For more information and to register, click here.

If you want to display your company's best, here is your chance! As a sponsor/exhibitor you will have the opportunity to advance your company's message and interact with BICSI members and other ICT community professionals. View the Exhibitor Prospectus here or contact Amy Slowik at for more information.  



BICSI Becomes Accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Provider

Exciting news! BICSI has been named a CPD provider by The CPD Certification Service. CPD hours are required by many professionals in the UK and internationally to demonstrate they are staying current with the latest in industry and professional trends, technologies, best practices, etc.

BICSI’s attainment as an accredited CPD provider will help to establish us even more so as the preeminent provider of information and communications technology (ICT) education. BICSI is currently listed on the CPD website in the Provider Directory. In the next several weeks, our courses will be added to their Course Catalog, and once completed, we will have Events added to the CPD site as well.



Seeking Global Writers for ICT Today

Contribute to BICSI's bimonthly journal, ICT Today, with relevant articles from around the world! Please consider sharing your technical expertise and insight so that readers in every BICSI District and Region find useful content to help them learn and grow within their unique ICT community. Experienced ICT professionals are encouraged to submit vendor-neutral, timely and authoritative articles related to ICT design and installation practices and solutions. Send your article ideas to



Many Technical Seminars in 2018

So far this year, BICSI has held more than 25 technical seminars in the Japan District! Click here to see a list of seminars and plan your attendance today.

Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

  • Data Center Boot Camp: A one-day seminar will be held on 24 October. With six presentations, including a few in English, the seminar will focus on the data center industry. BICSI CEO & Executive Director John D. Clark Jr., CAE, will also be attending.
  • Annual Japan Conference & Exhibiton: Save the date for this upcoming conference, which promises to be an exciting event for all! Visit the conference website for a look at the agenda.

General Announcements

  • RCDD and DCDC exams are tentatively planned for January 2019
  • BICSI Membership in Japan is close to 300—the highest yet!




Spend a Day with BICSI in Paris

Join BICSI at the second BICSI France Day on 23 October to discuss Intelligent Buildings and Design. Learn the latest from leading industry experts about digital infrastructure, IoT, data centers and much more! Don't miss out on this great event at Espace Hamelin. For more information, click here.

Save the Date for the 2018 BICSI Mainland Europe District Conference & Exhibition

Make plans now to join BICSI in Milan, Italy on 8 November for the 2018 BICSI Mainland Europe District Conference & Exhibition. Last year's event was a great success, and this one promises to be as well!

Event Recap: BICSI Volunteer Presented at 2018 Adria Security Summit

The summit was a great success and a prime opportunity for BICSI Mainland Europe District Vice Chair Miodrag Kovanovic to connect with industry professionals. The three-day event brought together more than 1,200 visitors from 32 countries and 350+ companies. BICSI was proud to participate in one of the 21 workshops and looks forward to future events.




Join BICSI at ICEC 2018 in Egypt on 23-24 October

ICECRegister to attend and gain valuable insight at the Intelligent Cities Conference & Exhibition 2018 on 23-24 October in Cairo, Egypt. ICEC is a smart and sustainable cities event that will bring together senior-level decision makers and delegates to discuss and showcase the latest technologies, sustainable solutions and products, as well as best practices on managing and building the cities of tomorrow.

During the two-day event, BICSI will be exhibiting and will also have both a presentation and a workshop on the agenda:

  • Presentation on 23 October
    “Global Standards for Smart Cities, IoT, and ICT Infrastructure”

    By Paul Weintraub, RCDD, ESS, RTPM, TECH, CAE, BICSI VP of Global Development & Support
  • Workshop on 24 October
    “Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices”

    By Ayman AboSlema, RCDD, DCDC, NTS, OSP, CT, BICSI MEA District Chair and Hesham Morsy, DCDC, CT

Special Registration Rate!
BICSI members planning to attend ICEC 2018 receive a 20% discount off ticket prices! To take advantage of this discount, please visit the ICEC Registration Page and use the discount code #bicsi-icec18-76d.

If you attend ICEC 2018, please stop by the BICSI stand to learn more about what is in BICSI’s future for 2019.

Just Announced: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle East Chapter Signs on as Supporting Organization for MEA Events

BICSI is excited to share that it has signed a collaboration agreement with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle East Chapter. The agreement names AIA Middle East as a Supporting Association of the 2018 BICSI MEA ACE Summit and Pre-Summit Masterclass.

For all AIA credential holders, BICSI is also happy to announce that the Pre-Summit Masterclass has been submitted and approved for AIA CES continuing education. 

In addition, the collaboration agreement includes AIA Middle East's support of the 2019 BICSI MEA Conference & Exhibition, which will take place 16-18 April in Dubai. 





Save the Date: Upcoming Tech Day on 20 November

Join BICSI for this one-day technical seminar on "New Technology of ICT Infrastructure." Major sponsors include Fluke Networks, Leviton, LS Cable & System, Commscope and Wesco.

New South Korea Authorized Design Training Provider (ADTP)!

BICSI welcomes Terapass as the newest and only ADTP in South Korea.

Event Recap: One-day Technical Seminar Held at Camp Humphreys

BICSI South Korea was proud to present a technical summary of the Telecommunications Distribution Method Manual (TDMM) on 13 September to U.S. Army servicemen at Camp Humphreys. As the largest U.S. overseas military base at 3,454+ acres, this event was a great opportunity to meet the demand for ICT knowledge and training in the area.




It's the "Year of Cabling Standards" in BICSI South Pacific

BICSI South Pacific has declared 2018 as the “Year of Cabling Standards” and is actively educating the local industry about the major changes happening this year. With a number of cabling regulations and standards being introduced in 2018, ICT professionals need to be well informed of the changes to ensure their ICT design and deployments are current, accurate and fit for their intended purposes.

Many BICSI South Pacific members serve on local and international standards committees and are contributing to the next generation of ICT standards and notifying BICSI members of their details. Being released this year are AS/CA S008 cabling product standard and AS/CA S009 cabling installation standard that are both mandated as regulations in Australia; the AS/NZS 11801 suite of cabling standards that are fundamental to cabling design and deployment in Australia and New Zealand; the AS/NZS 62368-1 safety standard for ICT equipment; and the international IEEE802.3bt remote power (PoE) standard that has global impact.

All of these will affect our industry in a big way, so BICSI has arranged for subject matter experts on all of these standards to educate the industry on them. The BICSI campaign is multi-faceted and involves instructor-led training courses, as well as presentations at BICSI conferences, seminars and other industry events to provide detailed explanations on their intent and content, as well as how to accurately use them in ICT designs and deployment. The message is simple: “ICT infrastructure is an essential service that should be done right the first time, every time.”




2018 Southeast Asia Conference & Exhibition Coming to Singapore

Get ready for the 2018 Southeast Asia Conference & Exhibition at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on 26-27 November. While there will be a number of ICT-related topics and discussions, the main theme of this event is "Smart Innovations: Infrastructure to Empower Future Technologies." Don't miss this exciting event to learn and earn CECs. For more information and to register, click here.




Join BICSI at Datacentres Ireland in November

Representatives form the BICSI UK & Ireland District will be in attendance at the Datacentres Ireland Expo on 20-21 November in Dublin. Learn more about the event here and register to join us there!

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming BICSI Courses

After much success, more BICSI courses are being added to our District's calendar. In September BICSI DD102: Designing Telecommunications Distribution Systems and IN250: Installer 2, Optical Fiber Training courses will be held. In addition, the next BICSI Installer course to take place will be the TE350: BICSI Technician Training course.




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