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Call for proposals TNC16 open

'Building the Internet of People' is the theme of the next annual networking conference, TNC16. GÉANT invites you to contribute to the event by submitting proposals for a single presentation, a full session, a meeting or a demonstration. The first deadline, for submitting presentation abstracts and session proposals, is 30 November 2015. You are invited to submit your ideas via the TNC16 participation page (

TNC is the leading networking conference for research and education. TNC16 will be held on 12-16 June 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic and hosted by the Czech national research and education networking organisation (CESNET). The event will focus not only on the latest (networking) technology, but will also highlight people from the worldwide research and education networking community who make innovation possible. Building the Internet of People The NREN community has an ongoing commitment to connect campuses to each other and to the rest of the internet, and also to connect people belonging to many different communities worldwide. NRENs provide the basic network infrastructure on which research and education, big science and big data are built. In addition they address the requirements of ever-increasing and varied communities of users in areas as diverse as trust, security, identity, and a wide range of tools for collaboration. Today, NRENs are challenged more than ever, as user demand increases and broadens, while funding is changing and security and privacy requirements develop. Many questions around cloud computing, Software Defined Networking, interoperability of collaboration tools, and mobility remain to be answered. The need for continued innovation in these areas requires that people remain at the centre of research networking. While electronics, gadgets and apps enter our daily lives on an impressive scale, it continues to be people that are at the heart of all this. Human collaboration across boundaries is now more important than it has ever been. Explore the challenges With the TNC16 Call for Proposals we invite you to explore the challenges that the research and education networking community faces while continuing to build the internet of people. Submissions are sought for a single presentation or a full session that attempt to answer, but are not limited to answering questions such as: What is needed to further satisfy the changing research and education (networking) user needs? How can NRENs best cope with the changing landscape of funding and security requirements? What roles in the area of cloud services are, and are not, suitable for an NREN? How can developed and developing NRENs more closely collaborate with each other, on a regional, European and global scale? Which advances in technology are hot, and relevant for the NRENs, in 2016 and beyond? ​Other ways to participate Meeting proposal - If you wish to organise a meeting or workshop immediately before, after or around TNC16, please contact before 15 January 2016. Sponsorship - For information please contact Gyöngyi Horváth at or call +31 (0)20 530 4488. Demonstration - Companies or projects wishing to participate should contact Lightning talk - Present an idea, cautionary tale quick tip or collaboration invitation within a 5-minute slot. There are two deadlines for submitting proposals: midnight CET on 12 February 2016 and midnight CEST on 15 April 2016. Poster - Present your work in the form of a poster that you can discuss during coffee breaks. The deadline for submitting abstracts is midnight CEST on 15 April 2016. More information GÉANT community networking conferences have been at the heart of the development of research and education networking for around three decades. Decision makers, technical experts, solution providers and users gather to share views and to help shape the future of research and education networking. GÉANT looks forward to connecting with you


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