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Research & education technology leaders to convene in DC for Internet2 Global Summit

CIOs, network architects and engineers, researchers and other university, government, business and education leaders from around the world to discuss collaborative advances in IT infrastructure and applications


WHAT: 2015 Internet2 Global Summit

WHEN/WHERE: April 26-30, Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel


The Global Summit is Internet2's annual meeting that showcases how the research and education (R&E) community is transforming the way research and scholarship are conceived and conducted. Nearly 1,000 attendees are expected for the 2015 meeting, which will focus on the advancement of research capabilities through collaborative innovations in IT infrastructure and applications.

Centered on the theme "Community: Leading the Way," the Global Summit will feature keynote addresses from top R&E leaders, more than 100 presentations from noted technology experts, and sessions focused on global partnerships and innovative technology in the areas of advanced networking, cloud services, trust and identity, cybersecurity and applied research.


General Sessions

Noted luminaries in R&E will headline three separate general sessions covering topics ranging from collaborative research to Internet governance to the future of digital technology.

Monday, April 27, 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Keynote: "Outlook for the Future of Research Institutions," Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • Other activities include a President's Panel discussion on Hrabowski's presentation, moderated by University of Maryland System Chancellor William "Brit" Kirwan and including panelists Hrabowski; Molly Broad, president, American Council on Education; David Lassner, president, University of Hawaii System and Michael McRobbie, president, Indiana University.

Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

  • Keynote: "Global Internet Governance and the Multistakeholder Model," Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information and administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Also in this session, the Internet2 Richard Rose Award and Gender Diversity Awards will be presented and Margo Day, vice president of U.S. education at Microsoft, will present on machine learning and big data in the U.S. education industry, as well as share her personal experiences working to build college and career skills with secondary students in Kenya.

Wednesday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

  • Keynote: "Vision for a Digital Future," Mario Vecchi, chief technology officer, PBS

  • Vecchi's keynote will be accompanied by a 4K ultra-high definition video presentation shown in a large-screen format, featuring two unique stories highlighting how technology enhances learning in rural schools, enables collaboration in the astronomy community and helps to educate and build knowledge on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Presentations and Panels

Applied Research and Scholarship

  • Big Data Research

    For many researchers in the life sciences, Big Data is not just a buzz word--it's the daily reality for carrying out their work in areas like genomics, which is expected to equal if not surpass the data output of the particle physics community. Several presentations will discuss the data deluge and what's needed in terms of networking, computing, cloud services and community collaboration to support big data research.

    • Innovations in High-Volume Life Science Research - Monday, April 27, 3 - 4 p.m.
    • From CC-NIE/IIE/DNI to Building a Cohesive Platform for Collaboration Over Advanced Cyberinfrastructure - Tuesday, April 28, 8:45 - 10 a.m.
    • Big Data Health Initiatives: PCORI, NIH Data Commons - Collaboration, Patient Networks and Data Clouds - Tuesday, April 28, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

  • Building Networks in Developing Nations

    Engineers and project managers from developing nations will present on the challenges they face in building out R&E Networks in their respective countries and the role R&E community leaders from developed countries can play in support of their efforts.

    • NREN Development and Service Deployment in Asia - Wednesday, April 29, 3 - 4 p.m.

Innovations in Advanced Networking and Services

  • Better Broadband in U.S. Communities

    Internet2's United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) Workshop will include presentations on real science lab online learning, advanced networking for music education, and updates from the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the chief digital officer of the Smithsonian Institution, and representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    • U.S. UCAN Workshop - Monday, April 27, 8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

  • Software-Defined Networking and Network Virtualization for Research

    Internet2 has developed open source software to enable the on-the-fly provisioning of virtual networks. Presenters from Internet2, Florida International University and Duke University will detail their experiences deploying SDN-based virtual networks to connect researchers to collaborators around the globe.

  • Innovation and Experimentation through SDN and Network Virtualization on Internet2 and AmLight - Monday, April 27, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Duke's SDN Journey - Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

  • Building a Collaborative Global R&E Network

    The Global Network Architecture (GNA) is an international collaborative effort to create a framework for a next generation global high-performance network for R&E. Representatives from global NRENs will discuss future directions of the project and examine current "pathfinding" efforts, such as ANA-200G.

  • Refining and Expanding the Global Network Architecture (GNA) - Wednesday, April 29, 8:45 - 10 a.m.

Cybersecurity and Trust & Identity in Research & Education

  • Cybersecurity for Campuses

    Hear from IT officials at Indiana University about their experiences implementing a comprehensive cyber risk mitigation policy on campus.

  • Implementing a University Cyber Risk Mitigation Policy: Lessons from IT-28 - Monday, April 27, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Trust and Security in the Research Community

    Advancing technologies, the need to coordinate across organizations and nations, and an evolving threat landscape are sources of ongoing challenges in maintaining the trustworthy nature of computational infrastructure and the science it supports. This presentation will cover the state of trust and cybersecurity for scientific computing--now and into the future.

  • Trustworthy Computational Science: A Multi-Decade Perspective - Wednesday, April 29, 8:45 - 10 a.m.

Cloud Services

  • Adopting Cloud Solutions on Campus

    Today, virtually all higher education institutions are leveraging some cloud services with an increasing number adopting a formal "cloud first" strategy for all new enterprise IT services. Several presentations will focus on best practices for higher ed in the adoption of cloud technologies.

  • Campus Experiences Using NET+ Trust, Identity and Security Services - Monday, April 27, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Cloud Technology Exploration and Implementation - Tuesday, April 28, 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Moving From Campus to Cloud Scale - Wednesday, April 29, 3 - 4 p.m.

  • Video Revolution in Higher Education Learning

    Video is eating the Internet while at the same time educational institutions are increasingly looking to incorporate video into their online courses and blended learning initiatives. Select Internet2 NET+ institutions will showcase how they are using cloud video for online learning--highlighting the power of the cloud to enable the video explosion.

  • Collaboration Through Interactive and Streaming Video Across the Academic World - Tuesday, April 28, 3 - 4 p.m.

  • Step up to the Plate with NET+

    The Internet2 NET+ initiative has grown to 50 services and more than 600 subscriptions from higher education institutions. NET+ service providers will be on-hand to pitch their cloud solutions and answer hard-hitting questions from the community.

  • NET+ Fast Pitch - Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Sponsor Hall

The 2015 Global Summit Sponsor Hall includes 40 companies in networking, IT and cloud services, including Microsoft, Aspera, Box, Fujitsu and Mitel. Four platinum sponsors--Juniper Networks, Cisco, Fortinet and Splunk--will also give remarks to the three general sessions.

Community Showcase

The Internet2 Community Showcase, an official track within the 2015 Global Summit program, is an "open-air" presentation venue featuring 14 topics and demos given by the community. Topics to be covered include SDN, private and public clouds, trust and identity and advanced networking by leaders from Cisco, Brocade, Blackboard, Oracle and more.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media interested in obtaining a press badge to attend the Global Summit should contact Angela Stark, or 202.803.8996.

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation's largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 260 U.S. universities, 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

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