Online Networking Exposition and BBS Convention
O N E B B S C O N
AUGUST 25-29, 1993
Broadmoor Hotel - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Over a thousand BBS enthusiasts attended ONE BBSCON '92 in Denver last
August - by all accounts the most successful face-to-face gathering of BBS
operators, Internet users, commercial service providers, and other
BBS/networking aficionados ever held. Over a hundred educational sessions
were presented during the three-day event. This has become the largest
show focused on electronic bulletin boards and online services in the world.
Approximately 2000 attendees are expected at the 1993 ONE BBSCON as well as
over 130 vendors displaying modems, BBS software and utilities,
CD-ROMs, and other tools to make PCs talk in the night.
The '93 event is designed to take advantage of the Colorado Rocky Mountain
environment at its most beautiful. Located at the base of Pike's Peak, The
Broadmoor Hotel is one of the top resort hotels in the country, featuring
over 100,000 square feet of meeting space and 36 meeting rooms along with
eight different restuarants.
Sessions will again be designed in topical tracks such as Running an Online
Service for Profit, Legal Issues Online, Social and Community Issues Online,
BBS Software, The Internet, as well as a series of mini-symposiums presented
by the developers of various BBS systems for operators who use their software.
The result will again be one of the most ambitious schedules of educational
sessions ever planned for a convention of this type. Most conventions feature
eight or ten educational sessions. At ONE BBSCON, that happens EVERY HOUR.
Our Keynote Speaker for ONE BBSCON '93 is Mr. Jim Warren, founder of
West Coast Computer Faires, Infoworld, Dr. Dobbs Journal, the Computer
Chronicles television program, and currently a columnist for Microtimes
Magazine and Board of Directors for Autodesk. Most notably, Mr. Warren
has taken a leading role in campaigning for public electronic access to
public information in government.
HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH A BBS-The most attended session from ONE BBSCON92 is
back by popular demand. Jack Rickard and Phil Becker with frank talk on
what works, what doesn't, and why - gleaned from their contacts with
hundreds of successful, professional BBS operators. How to handle credit
cards, promote your system, develop a theme, and take the steps to turn
your hobby into a more profitable enterprise - and possibly even a business.
Noted columnist John C. Dvorak and modem manufacturer Zoom Telephonics
have again teamed up to present a series of Technical Excellence in
Communications Awards to many of the BBS industry pioneers. Last year's
awardees included Ward Christensen - author of the first BBS program and
the XMODEM file transfer protocol, Chuck Forsberg, author of ZMODEM, and
Phil Katz, author of the PKZIP file compression utility.
A NATIONAL BBS OPERATORS ASSOCIATION - IS IT TIME? Mike Godwin of EFF
and Lance Rose, author of SYSLAW, kick off a session to explore the
possibility of a national BBS operators organization to represent the
BBS community in Washington. Follow-on sessions provisionally planned to
nail down what it will be, how it will work, and what it's mission will be.
If it happens at ONE BBSCON 93, you won't want to miss the start.
ISDN - Dennis Hayes, founder of Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc will
present information about the future of ISDN, followed by presentations
from Northern Telecom and AT&T showing real applications and solutions.
HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARDS moderated by none other than
Ward Christensen, author of the FIRST BBS in Chicago in 1978. Listen to
some of the early pioneers describe how and why they did what they did
the way they did it.
LEGAL ISSUES FOR BBS OPERATORS - with Lance Rose, author of SYSLAW SECOND
EDITION - copyright, trademark, contracts, censorship, in a series of
sessions Attorneys Lance Rose with Mike Godwin of the Electronic Frontier
Foundation and cohorts will give you the information you need to run a
BBS - and avoid legal difficulties. Dealing with Adult GIF images.
The current raids by the FBI.
INTERNET FROM A TO Z - A series of sessions on the Internet, what it is,
what it means, how to connect YOUR BBS at various levels. From a top
level roundtable discussion on the future of NREN and the Internet,
right down to how to get individual BBS software packages connected to
the network to do for global electronic mail. With some exciting
announcements from several vendors on connecting your BBS directly to the
IP Internet. INTERNET SOCIETY PRESIDENT DR. VINTON CERF kicks this one off
with The Past, Present and Future Internet.
WHAT SOFTWARE AND TOOLS DO I NEED? What BBS Software do you want to use?
Detailed presentations by virtually every major BBS software vendor in the
business - what it does, how it does it, and how you can get it to do more
with utilities, add-ons, and networks. Meet the authors of such popular
packages as PCBoard, Wildcat, Major BBS, Remote Access, TBBS and many more
in person and up close. Ask questions. See the latest releases. Compare
these titles side-by-side.
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES FOR THE BBS COMMUNITY. Presentations on
the legal aspects of operating a BBS, copyright issues, sysop liability,
the mission of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, how to deal with
telephone companies, electronic democracy, women online and much, more.
HOW DID THEY DO IT? Roundtable discussions of the elements of success by
professional BBS operators in chat/social systems, mail systems, shareware
libraries, special topic information services, online sales systems, and
product support BBSss. One of the most popular sessions from last year
is back with Kevin Behrens of Aquila BBS, Andy Keeves of Executive Network,
Greg Ryan of EXEC-PC, Norm Henke of PC Ohio, and more to describe the road
to becoming a professional BBS operator.
Plus sessions for satellite distribution systems, credit card merchant
accounts, educational issues, LOTS of information dealing with online
graphics technologies such as RIP, NAPLPS, and others. OVER 140 EDUCATIONAL
SESSIONS IN ALL.
AND OUR TRADE SHOW EXHIBIT AREA - featuring over 130 vendors of BBS
software, hardware, utilities, services, and communications utilities
including U.S. Robotics, Hayes, ZyXEL, Zoom, Practical Peripherals
Supra, Rockwell, PageSat, virtually all major BBS software vendors,
including PCBoard, Major BBS, Searchlight, TBBS, Wildcat! and many more.
Last year, these companies offered dramatic "show special" discounts on
modems, software, and other utilities.
AND evening hospitality suites and parties hosted by many of the major
vendors. ONE BBSCON '93 promises to be the most intense gathering of BBS
industry players, computer press (over 40 of the leading computer press
journalists in the industry already registered), educators, Internauts,
and BBS operators ever held anywhere at anytime. REGISTER BEFORE AUGUST 1
to secure early registration discount pricing!
$250 May 1 - August 1
$325 after August 1.
On-site registration opens Wednesday evening, August 25.
Registration, hotel reservations, and vendor booth information
A full file containing detailed descriptions of all educational sessions is
available on the ONE Inc. BBS or by sending e-mail to FTP...@BOARDWATCH.COM
with the statement GET 1BBSCON.ZIP in the BODY of the message. It will be
returned as a UUENCODED e-mail message.
WHO IS ONE, INC.?
Online Networking Expositions, Inc. was formed as a Colorado Corporation
in the fall of 1991 specifically to put on an annual trade show for the
BBS and online industry.
PRESIDENT: Jack Rickard - Boardwatch Magazine
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Philip L. Becker, President, eSoft, Inc. and author
of the TBBS bulletin board system.
EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD:
Jim Harrer, President
Mustang Software, Inc.
Fred Clark, President
Clark Development Company
Tim Stryker, President
Jim C. Warren
MicroTimes & Autodesk, Inc.
Steven Laliberte, Director
Byte Information Exchange, (BIX)
Dave Hughes Sr., President
Old Colorado City Communications
Stan Hirschman, VP of Operations
John C. Dvorak, Columnist
Lance Rose, attorney and author
SYSLAW: The Legal Guide for BBS Operators