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Fright Wigs & Cocktails: BCE 2017 in Pics

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Big Communications Event isn't the largest event in telecoms. But it's the best. We've got great presentations. Excellent opportunities to connect with peers. And parties featuring otherwise respectable journalists wearing 70s costumes and fright wigs.

We've already published reams of articles and video covering the serious content of the conference. Read it all here: Big Communications Event

And we played hard at the conference too. Here's some of that:

Leading Lights Awards

The conference kicked off with the annual Leading Lights awards, honoring the best accomplishments and most distinguished leaders of the industry. This year's awards ceremony had a 70s theme. Here in their disco finest are Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading international group editor; Julie Muroff, our senior vice president of operations; Mobile Editor Dan Jones, and CEO and Founder Steve Saunders. (Photo by Carol Wilson.)
The conference kicked off with the annual Leading Lights awards, honoring the best accomplishments and most distinguished leaders of the industry. This year's awards ceremony had a 70s theme. Here in their disco finest are Ray Le Maistre, Light Reading international group editor; Julie Muroff, our senior vice president of operations; Mobile Editor Dan Jones, and CEO and Founder Steve Saunders. (Photo by Carol Wilson.)

Steve, Julie, Dan and Ray.
Steve, Julie, Dan and Ray.

That's a good look for you, Ray. You should wear that all the time. (Photo by Mari Silbey)
That's a good look for you, Ray. You should wear that all the time. (Photo by Mari Silbey)

Dan in his Andy Warhol Factory years. (Silbey)
Dan in his Andy Warhol Factory years. (Silbey)

Ray and Dan at the cocktail reception prior to Leading Lights (Photo by Craig Matsumoto.)
Ray and Dan at the cocktail reception prior to Leading Lights (Photo by Craig Matsumoto.)

Despite the light touch in the presentation, the awards themselves are a serious business. Find out the companies and individuals we honored this year:

Around Austin

We stopped in at a bar after Leading Lights, which had the nicest (and only) collection of bumper stickers in the men's room that we've ever seen. Also: Taking photos inside a bar men's room isn't a bit weird. (Photo by Mitch Wagner.)
We stopped in at a bar after Leading Lights, which had the nicest (and only) collection of bumper stickers in the men's room that we've ever seen. Also: Taking photos inside a bar men's room isn't a bit weird. (Photo by Mitch Wagner.)

Gratuitous photo of an Austin streetscape.  (Wagner.)
Gratuitous photo of an Austin streetscape. (Wagner.)

Best taxi ever. I hung my head outside with my tongue dangling like a dog. (Wagner)
Best taxi ever. I hung my head outside with my tongue dangling like a dog. (Wagner)

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor of Light Reading's Upskill U, is very happy about Austin's bikeshare program.
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor of Light Reading's Upskill U, is very happy about Austin's bikeshare program.

The BCE kickoff party...

Stephanie Walkenshaw, Level 3 Communications media relations manager (left), and Roz Roseboro, Heavy Reading senior analyst, look like they're enjoying those drinks at the BCE kickoff party Tuesday evening. (Wilson)
Stephanie Walkenshaw, Level 3 Communications media relations manager (left), and Roz Roseboro, Heavy Reading senior analyst, look like they're enjoying those drinks at the BCE kickoff party Tuesday evening. (Wilson)

The BCE kickoff party is warming up. (Wilson)
The BCE kickoff party is warming up. (Wilson)

Steve, our CEO, is guitarist for the band Wartoad. No kidding. That's Steve on the left with the white T-shirt and guitar, entertaining guests at the BCE kickoff party. (Photo by Ziser).
Steve, our CEO, is guitarist for the band Wartoad. No kidding. That's Steve on the left with the white T-shirt and guitar, entertaining guests at the BCE kickoff party. (Photo by Ziser).

And at work

Craig Matsumoto, Light Reading editor in chief, works backstage while Steve delivers the opening keynote. (Wilson.)
Craig Matsumoto, Light Reading editor in chief, works backstage while Steve delivers the opening keynote. (Wilson.)

See:

Carol Wilson, Light Reading editor at large, interviews John Donovan, AT&T chief strategy officer and group president of Technology & Operations. The Q&A ended with Donovan thanking Carol for the integrity and depth of her tech coverage: 'I think you're the best there is,' he said. (Photo by Elizabeth Coyne.)
Carol Wilson, Light Reading editor at large, interviews John Donovan, AT&T chief strategy officer and group president of Technology & Operations. The Q&A ended with Donovan thanking Carol for the integrity and depth of her tech coverage: "I think you're the best there is," he said. (Photo by Elizabeth Coyne.)

See:

One vendor had a miniature city at their BCE booth, demonstrating features of smart cities. Extremely detailed! (Coyne)
One vendor had a miniature city at their BCE booth, demonstrating features of smart cities. Extremely detailed! (Coyne)

By the way, we're not being cute leaving off the name of the vendor. We don't have it in our notes. Anybody know?

Carol (r) talks with Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's service provider business, backstage. (Matsumoto)
Carol (r) talks with Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's service provider business, backstage. (Matsumoto)

And one more from Leading Lights....

There's Julie again. That's all. (Coyne)
There's Julie again. That's all. (Coyne)

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Craig Matsumoto 6/6/2017 | 11:40:57 AM
Re: Fantastic Fun fact: The disco costumes were rented... except for Dan's. So who knows, you might see him decked out in sunglasses and a striped cat shirt again.

> Congratulations to all the category winners and to the event folks for pulling off what looks like a great event, wigs, bright colorful duds and all! Going to be hard to beat for the next year!
kq4ym 6/5/2017 | 10:30:48 AM
Re: Fantastic Congratulations to all the category winners and to the event folks for pulling off what looks like a great event, wigs, bright colorful duds and all! Going to be hard to beat for the next year!
Mitch Wagner 5/23/2017 | 3:25:42 PM
Re: Fantastic I dont know about THE place for steak, but the Roaring Fork was very fine. 
Joe Stanganelli 5/22/2017 | 8:39:44 PM
Re: Fantastic @Mitch: So where's the place to go in Austin for steak?
Joe Stanganelli 5/22/2017 | 8:39:15 PM
Wartoad ...So, any music videos forthcoming for Light Reading from Wartoad?
Michelle 5/22/2017 | 1:59:21 PM
Re: Fantastic  Inconceivable! Steak is a fine choice too :)
Mitch Wagner 5/22/2017 | 12:38:38 PM
Re: Fantastic Believe it or not I did not have any barbecue this trip. Possibly the only disappointing element. 

I did have delicious steak, two nights, however. 
Michelle 5/20/2017 | 10:47:13 PM
Fantastic It looks like you guys had a lot of fun this year! How was the BBQ?
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