2015 Internet2 Global Summit

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Wednesday General Session Sponsored by Fortinet

Time 04/29/15 10:30AM-11:45AM

Room Grand Ballroom North

Sponsored by Fortinet

Netcast sponsored by Microsoft

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Session Abstract

KEYNOTE: Vision for a Digital Future by Mario Vecchi

In his keynote presentation, Dr. Vecchi, Chief Technology Officer for PBS, will discuss how digital technology can meet the growing education needs in America, including the need to close math and science gaps and train teachers in the use of new technologies. He will explore the ways organizations could collaborate to use technology to create trusted information networks that can be accessed anywhere at anytime. Dr. Vecchi’s presentation will look at these possibilities through the lens of PBS’s work in public service media, technology and education, as well as his extensive professional background in science, technology, and engineering.

Dr. Vecchi’s keynote will be accompanied by a 4K video presentation, developed by Internet2 with support from Ciena, PBS Hawaii, the W.M. Keck Observatory, Kua O Ka La Public Charter School and the University of Hawaii—each of whom collaborated with Internet2 and PBS on the production. The ultra-high definition video will be shown in a large-screen format and will feature two unique stories highlighting how technology enhances learning in rural schools, enables collaboration in the astronomy community and helps to educate and build knowledge on the Big Island of Hawaii.

As CTO at PBS, Dr. Vecchi oversees distribution operations and engineering, media management, interconnection engineering, information technology, web and new media applications/systems, as well as technology strategy and planning for PBS. Before coming to PBS, he served as president of P&A Development, Inc., a development and consulting firm for new products and new businesses. Before that, Dr. Vecchi was president of Apex Technologies, a company he created within the Grupo Ferre Rangel consortium that integrated IT operations and product development. Prior to GFR, he spent nearly a decade at AOL, ultimately earning the title of senior vice president, AOL Global Technologies.

During his tenure at Time Warner Cable, Dr. Vecchi co-founded Road Runner, the company’s pioneering cable modem online service. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Bell Communications Research, founded the company Xynertek CA, and worked on the faculty at Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas and the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas. Dr. Vecchi is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). He holds a Ph.D., as well as Electrical Engineering and Master of Science degrees from MIT.

Speakers

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Keynote Speaker Mario Vecchi

Presentation Media

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Speaker Ana Hunsinger Internet2

Speaker H. David Lambert Internet2

Speaker Mario Vecchi PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)

Speaker Robert Vietzke Internet2