The more than 30 sessions that comprised the conference dealt with topics as diverse as cybersecurity, California’s digital divide, the convergence of jazz and technology, gigabit connectivity to public libraries and women in computing. Also included were plenary sessions, a group of sessions focused on research and technology and a group of session focused on education and library applications. Videos of these sessions can be viewed on our YouTube Channel, here.
Plenary sessions included Closing the Digital Divide in California, in which leaders including Eric Brown of California Telehealth Network, Connie Stewart of the California Center for Rural Policy, Adelina Zendejas of the California Department of Technology, and Assembly Member Mark Stone of the California State Legislature, described initiatives to improve access to broadband for all Californians. CENIC Network Bootcamp was a two-part session, focused on CENIC’s current network topology, peering relationships, and cybersecurity initiatives.
Sessions focused on research and technology included R&E Networks: Instruments of Discovery with Caltech Professor of Physics Harvey Newman, UW Oceanography Professor John Delaney, and Greg Bell, CEO of Broala. These scientists encouraged attendees to see research and education networks as instruments of scientific discovery, enabling researchers to share data, access computational tools, and scientific instruments, and collaborate effectively, regardless of where the data, tools, resources and collaborators are located. Security in R&E Networks and Campus Environments featured expert panelists, including security experts from UC Berkeley and UC Davis, discussing the security challenges R&E networks face and how these challenges can be addressed.
Among the sessions focused on work in the education and library communities, several were presented by two of CENIC’s cultural partners, SFJAZZ, and the Exploratorium. These organizations are using the CalREN network to engage K-12 schools and libraries in their work. In the Exploratorium’s Total Eclipse Live Webcast, staff members showed video of a live webcast of a total eclipse broadcast from Micronesia and described how audiences around the globe were able to participate in the eclipse viewing. In From Reading to Rhythm, Mount Allen of SFJAZZ showed video from an interactive jazz performance with audiences at three library sites and discussed the future of this approach to engaging new audiences and opening the world of jazz to young people.
One of the highlights of the conference was a live performance by world-renowned pianist Geri Allen playing with the SF JAZZ High School All-Stars, joining from SFJAZZ in San Francisco, and cellist Chris Chafe, joining from The New World Symphony in Miami. This session highlighted the use of the CENIC network by artists and cultural institutions as a platform for collaboration.