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Higher Education at Boxworks 2016

Sep 16, 2016, by Andrew Keating
Tags: Box, Frontpage News, Internet2 Member, Internet2 NET+

Photo of Internet2 member representatives at Boxworks 2016 Last week amidst a crowd of thousands in San Francisco's Moscone Center, nearly two hundred IT leaders and a dozen CIOs from the Internet2 higher education community joined colleagues from around the world for the annual Boxworks conference. In addition to the major Box announcements, attendees discussed implementation strategies across their campuses at a higher education reception and a panel discussion featuring representatives from Internet2 Member campuses Carnegie Mellon, Michigan, Morehouse College, Oregon State, and Penn State.

Highlights of Box's announcements include:

  • All New Box—including a new web UI experience
  • Partnership with Google—which came about in part because of the higher education community’s advocacy
  • Box Relay—promises to enable all Box users to create custom workflows
  • Box Notes—including a desktop application for Box Notes

More details on the Box product announcements are available on Box's website as well as on a public webinar Thursday, September 22 at 10am Pacific. Even if your campus is not participating in the NET+ Box program or considering joining we encourage higher education community members to attend or review this presentation in order to learn more about the cloud service landscape and available features/functionality in this enterprise file sync and collaboration solution.

In advance of Boxworks, the NET+ Box Advisory Board schools solicited input from the nearly 150 participating campuses to identify the key issues for the community. Our collective community has millions of Box accounts deployed so we are a great source of combined user experience regarding the product and the group is never short of ideas on opportunities for improvement.  They noted several items such as third-party integrations and continual improvements on accessibility that featured prominently in Box's announcements at the conference. After Boxworks, the Advisory Board met with various Box teams to detail these new features and the community’s issues list. 

In addition to Box's webinar, the NET+ Box Advisory Board campuses will be holding a Community "Town Hall" also scheduled for Thursday, September 22 for campuses to discuss the results of their advocacy and next steps for the community’s engagement with Box. The program is nearly five years old and some long-standing community requests being addressed, the Advisory Board is especially interested in feedback to ensure they are continuing to advocate for additional enhancements and improvements.  

If you have questions about the NET+ Box program, have feedback for Internet2 or the Advisory Board members, or would like to get involved please feel free to contact Andrew Keating (andrew@internet2.edu) or the NET+ Box Program Manager, Sean O’Brien (sobrien@internet2.edu). 

We also encourage participants of the NET+ Box program to join the NET+ Box Community Forum to interact with fellow members of the community, the advisory board and the Box team. Please contact us with any access issues.

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