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Regional Networking Conference Provides Powerful Collaboration Opportunities to Benefit Research and Higher Education Community

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Boten
Tags: Community, Frontpage News

Internet2 and Regional Networking Partner KINBER collaborate and discuss technology, research and diversity issues

WASHINGTON DC, April 26, 2016-- Internet2, operator of the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education infrastructure, and The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), a Pennsylvania research, education and community network, recently joined forces at KINBERCON 2016 to discuss issues facing the research and education (R&E) community.
 
KINBERCON 2016, a two-day event in Philadelphia, convened more than 300 of Pennsylvania’s leaders in education, research, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and technology to share ideas and success stories about using next generation networks and technology. Breakout sessions included discussions on security, research, and innovation, and the event also featured a full day of technical training workshops.
 
Florence Hudson, Internet2’s Chief Innovation Officer, also delivered the opening keynote address about the endless frontier of IT and the Internet of Things.
 
"It was a pleasure to speak at this exciting event, especially on emerging topics that are so relevant to the R&E community," said Hudson. "It benefits the entire community when regional networks such as KINBER and Internet2 collaborate to address pressing issues and technical challenges, and to determine solutions that overcome barriers to propelling scientific innovation."
 
Additional highlights of the event included:
 
·       A joint workshop on the National Science Foundation Campus Cyber infrastructure Grant
·       A joint Performing Arts and Humanities workshop
·       A joint workshop to discuss perfSONAR
·       A discussion on diversity and unintended bias
·       A discussion on trust and identity resources at Internet2
·       A closing keynote presentation by Pennsylvania State Senator John Yudichak, who called KINBER “Pennsylvania's connection to the 21st century knowledge-based economy.”
 
Internet2 Research and Education Network Members such as KINBER are regional and state networks that, as principal aggregators of network traffic for the U.S. research and education community, play a critical role in the future of the national advanced research and education network infrastructure.
 
“KINBER values its partnership with Internet2 because it provides access to resources that benefit the KINBER community.  By collaborating with Internet2 on workshops and presentations, KINBER was able to increase its community’s awareness of technological advances and national trends as well as offer a meaningful forum to discuss common challenges and solutions,” said KINBER President and CEO Wendy Huntoon.
 
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, with Internet2 Network Operations Center powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 305 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 84 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, MI; Denver, CO; Emeryville, CA; Washington, DC; and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.
 
About KINBER
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit http://KINBER.org or follow @KINBER on Twitter.