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SCTE Sets Next ‘IP Challenge’

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has opened registration for the fifth annual SCTE IP Challenge, which will crown a winner on October 13 at the Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans. 

Before things get that far, SCTE will run two “virtual qualifying rounds” – on May 10-16 and June 7-13— where contestants will be grilled on questions spanning six IP-related categories: Routing, Network Theory, CMTS DOCSIS, Internet Protocol, Configuration, and Multimedia over IP.

The top eight scorers who are SCTE members and work for a cable MSO will be eligible to move on to the live semifinals and final at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2015, where they will compete against one another  and last year’s IP Challenge winner, Jamie Griffin of Full Channel, under a Jeopardy-style question format. The semifinals and final will take place before a live audience at the show on October 13 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

The eight semifinalists will also receive complimentary registrations to this year's Cable-Tec Expo, set for October 13-16. The winner will receive a full-conference pass to Cisco Live 2016 and a full-conference pass to next year’s Cable-Tec Expo, where he or she will defend the IP Challenge title.

“As cable network operators evolve their network infrastructures, a firm grounding in IP is essential for engineering professionals,” said Tim Carnes, director, systems engineering, Cisco, the sponsor of the IP Challenge.

“Building awareness of the value of IP expertise involves a wide range of vehicles, including training, certification and events like the SCTE IP Challenge,” added Steve Harris, senior director, advanced network technologies program development for SCTE and creator of the SCTE IP Challenge.  “We’re grateful to Cisco for their tremendous support, which has helped to nurture this event into one of the highlight activities at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.”