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K20 Initiative recognizes Community Anchor Innovators

Posted on Jan 01, 2011 by Meredith Lovelace
Tags: K20 Education, U.S. UCAN

For nearly a decade, many in the Internet2 membership community have understood that big payoffs come from putting advanced networking capacity into the hands of as many innovators and educational sectors as quickly and as "connectedly" as possible through the SEGP program, the Internet2 K20 Initiative, and now U.S. UCAN.

The result has been the blossoming of a new generation of innovators from K-12 schools, hospitals, public libraries, museums, performing arts centers, community colleges, and a host of other community anchor institutions across the nation and around the world, connecting and collaborating with each other and with colleagues at Internet2 member institutions using new, advanced, and emerging technologies over the Internet2 backbone network.

In December, the Internet2 K20 Initiative launched a project designed to showcase the rich diversity of community anchor leaders and promote awareness of the leading edge work they each do. Individuals are recognized for their insight, experience, commitment and passion for expanding and enhancing the capabilities of community anchor institutions through the use of advanced networking technologies and applications. Our colleagues are identified as Anchor Innovators.

The initial group of K20 Anchor Innovators can be viewed in a new spotlight section of the K20 Initiative website, k20.internet2.edu/innovators. Additional individuals will be featured each month.

Please take a moment to learn more about these community leaders who work together to address common challenges and share successes that make the system of community anchor institutions across the nation stronger and more sustainable every day. If you have anchor innovators in your community you'd like to see profiled, please send suggestions to James Werle.