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Global Focus at the 2015 Internet2 Global Summit

May 15, 2015, by Urszula Chomicka
Tags: 2015 Global Summit, International Community, International Partners

The 2015 Internet2 Global Summit was a community-driven international event that drew nearly 1,000 attendees from 40 countries to Washington, D.C. for five days of panel discussions, networking events and one-on-one meetings, highlighting the global reach of the Internet2 community.

The Global Summit brought together a truly diverse international community to discuss a wide variety of topics, including the development of a Global Network Architecture, how National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are supporting international big science initiatives, and updates on NREN development in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Once again, Internet2 partnered with the Network Startup Resource Center to bring four NREN leaders from around the world to the meeting. As part of a collaborative sponsorship program, leaders from Bhutan, the Philippines and Uganda attended the Global Summit to share their unique perspective on advocating for and establishing networks in support of science in their respective countries. We have chronicled the fascinating journey of Bhutan's NREN.

The Global Summit also saw the strengthening and formalization of a number of strategic partnerships with other NRENs representing key world regions of interest to the Internet2 community.

On April 27, Internet2 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), represented by its director, Boubakar Barry. West and Central Africa is a region with many ties to Internet2 members’ research and education initiatives, particularly in the areas of climate change, public health and agriculture. The signing ceremony and ensuing discussion focused on strengthening relationships between the U.S. and Western Africa by improving network infrastructure. Internet2 members are invited to participate in the launch of a technical sub-community focused specifically on efforts in West and Central Africa. We will shortly be opening a call to the community to participate in this initiative, so please contact the Internet2 Global Programs team if you already know you'd like to get involved!

WACREN Director and CEO Boubakar Berry and Internet2 President and CEO H. David Lambert chat after signing an MoU at the 2015 Internet2 Global Summit.
Credit: Internet2/Jocelyn Augustino.

Two other partnerships were inked during the Global Summit. Internet2 and the University of Qatar, on behalf of the Qatar National Research and Education Network (QNREN) signed an MoU to work toward a rational global infrastructure in service of Internet2 and QNREN members’ needs in Qatar and the region. Internet2 also cemented its relationship with the National Knowledge Network (NKN) of India by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that creates a working group structure, composed of NKN collaborators and Internet2 members, centered on the core cooperation themes of education, personalized medicine, and harmonization of research and education network infrastructure.

Ms. Reem Al-Ansari, Associate CIO, Qatar University and Internet2 President and CEO H. David Lambert sign an MoU at the 2015 Internet2 Global Summit. (Left to right in back: Jonathan Chapman, Georgetown University; Constantin Vaduva, QNREN, and Steve Wolff, Internet2).
Credit: Internet2/Jocelyn Augustino.