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CENIC Conference Program Committee is Seeking Proposals to Highlight Innovative Uses of Research by Local Governments

November 18, 2019
The CENIC Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals that highlight innovative uses of CENIC’s CalREN to support vibrant and diverse research and education communities.
The Right Connection: CENIC 2020 will be held on March 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. CENIC connects California to the world — advancing education and research statewide by providing a world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. Established in 1997, this nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity computer network with more than 8,000 miles of optical fiber.
The conference brings together CENIC’s richly diverse community, with participants from
public and private research universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, public libraries, scientific, cultural, and performing arts institutions, private-sector businesses, public policy and government agencies, and research and education networking partners from across the country and around the world.
The conference will feature over 40 sessions on a wide range of topics, including special sessions on cybersecurity; overcoming the digital divide; and exciting and novel ways that research and education leaders are leveraging high-speed networks to benefit their communities.

Conference Content Focused on Government and Advocacy Organizations
Sessions at last year’s conference of particular interest to attendees from government and advocacy organizations included: Invisible Infrastructure: Connecting Rural and Unserved Areas via Spectrum; Smart and Connected Communities; and Partnerships to Improve Medical Care and Increase Economic Opportunity in Fresno County Through Broadband Access.
Conference Themes:
  • State-of-the-art and future network technologies
  • Innovative applications in areas such as teaching, research, and public engagement
  • Strategies to ensure all California communities have equitable access to reliable broadband
  • Cybersecurity and privacy protection
  • New statewide, national, and global collaborations supported by an interconnected R&E world
  • Moving from the Pacific Research Platform to a National Research Platform
  • Research and education partnerships in the Americas
  • Other current topics of interest to conference participants 
Types of Presentations:
  • Lecture: A single presenter speaking, with a question and answer period.
  • Panel: A group of presenters with a moderator speaking, with a question and answer period.
  • Demonstration: A session that demonstrates work done on CalREN, real-time or pre-recorded.
  • Workshop: A hands-on session where participants are engaged in using a piece of technology. 
Projects or research to be featured can be works in progress. The conference venue will be connected to CalREN to enable live demonstrations of content or capability. Please visit CENIC News on YouTube for examples of previous conference presentations.
Submit your session proposals and register now on the conference website by 5 p.m. on Dec. 2. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by Dec. 23.
For questions, please contact Chris Goodheart or Lee Ann Weber.
For more information about CENIC, visit

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