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Mae Jemison, Ian Glazer and Larry Smarr Named Featured Speakers at Internet2’s 2017 Global Summit

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2017 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News

Noted subject-matter experts will headline three separate general sessions covering topics ranging from big data to identity practice and standards to developing the next generation of problem solvers.

DENVER, Colo., April 10, 2017 — Internet2, a member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions, today confirmed three featured speakers at its 2017 Global Summit meeting taking place April 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

The featured speakers for the general sessions include:

  • Dr. Mae Jamison, physician, professor and NASA astronaut, will present “STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math” on Monday, April 24.
  • Ian Glazer, senior director for identity at Salesforce, will present “The Changing Face/Fate of Identity” on Tuesday, April 25.
  • Dr. Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber professor of computer science at UC San Diego, will present “Toward a National Big Data Superhighway” on Wednesday, April 26.

From left to right, Dr. Mae Jemison, Ian Glazer and Dr. Larry Smarr, will be presenting three separate general sessions at the 2017 Internet2 Global Summit taking place April 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

From left to right, Dr. Mae Jemison, Ian Glazer, and Dr. Larry Smarr will be presenting three separate general sessions at the 2017 Internet2 Global Summit taking place April 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

The Internet2 Global Summit is an annual event that hosts nearly 1,000 C-level information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from higher education, government and scientific research organizations.

“We’re thrilled to have such an accomplished and diverse lineup of keynote speakers who engage in critical issues within the broad research and education landscape, both nationally and globally, join us at this year’s Global Summit,” said Ana Hunsinger, vice president of community engagement at Internet2. “The diversity of our members’ experiences, the synergy and open engagement, the free exchange of ideas and solutions – that is what makes Global Summit such an important event for our community.”

Centered on the theme “Bringing Networks Together: Connecting People and Technology with Research and Education,” the 2017 Internet2 Global Summit will feature over 100 presentations and sessions from technology experts on the latest applied innovations and best-practices in the areas of network, trust, and cloud services.

Awards that recognize outstanding service, contribution, leadership and mentorship from members of the Internet2 community are also presented during Global Summit. The Internet2 community is committed to gender diversity in the field of information technology (IT) and offers scholarships that support the attendance of emerging women in IT and early career professionals.

The 2017 Internet2 Global Summit will take place April 23-26 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown hotel. For more information on the recent program or to register to attend, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the media interested in obtaining complimentary press registration to the 2017 Internet2 Global Summit should contact Sara Aly, or 720-379-9674.

About Internet2:
Internet2 is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks, over 900 InCommon participants, 78 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.
Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.
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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