2018 Technology Exchange

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Call for Participation

Call for Session Proposals -- CLOSED

The Call for Proposals is now CLOSED!

Submissions were solicited in three areas of interest, and are being reviewed and selected by a Program Committee comprised of distinguished representatives from the R&E community. Talks are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (see the Program page for more scheduling details).


Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation SecurityTrust and Identity


Advanced Networking

The Internet2 community has spent several years contemplating a shared ecosystem of infrastructure, services and collaboration to support leading research and academic collaborations. As regional collaborators and Internet2 get closer to realizing those ideas, the R&E community has a unique opportunity to think broadly about the services, architecture, and technology approaches that will take us through the next 10 years. The time has come to flesh out these notions.

At this year’s TechEX, we were looking for proposals that bring focus to ideas, visions, and recommendations to help develop and deploy new, cost-effective and innovative ways to support emerging challenges in support of scientific research, network research, distance education, and the overall institutional mission will be of particular importance.

In addition to the usual mix of presentations, panel discussions, and lightning talks, the 2018 program includes both time allocated for “unconference” scheduling (i.e., addressing late-breaking issues and topics raised at working meetings that merit attention by the full audience) and integrating working discussions concurrent with program sessions. Given the high value placed on “hallway discussions” by previous-year attendees, we are lengthening breaks and reducing the number of scheduled talks to facilitate more in-person discussions.


NOTE: When submitting a proposal, please indicate (in the Additional Information field) whether you would be open to: a) working on a focused discussion session in lieu of a formal talk, b) giving a lightning talk (with possible follow-up gathering), or c) coordinating a panel discussion on the topic.


The advanced networking track is organized around three themes:

  1. Delivering on the Vision of an Ecosystem for the Future: This is an opportunity for presenters to highlight a technically-based vision for the services, collaborative frameworks, technologies, and related activities of the future US R&E ecosystem. Presenters might talk about automation and orchestration of services and the underlying technologies; pilots that demonstrate campus, regional, national, and global infrastructure collaborations; or other technical and architectural frameworks for optical, packet, service, or automation concepts across the ecosystem.
  2. Advanced Networking Challenges: This covers both traditional R&E networking issues ranging from performance monitoring to security as well as opportunities for the R&E networking community that have risen in recent years, from SDN to Science DMZs to integration with Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, and Google.
  3. "Far Horizon" Networking Ideas: This covers ideas the network research community have been exploring that have just started appearing as areas for the R&E networks to address, from named data networking to virtual networks.


Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation SecurityTrust and Identity


Information Security

The Information Security area focuses on both network and system security topics, including (but not limited to):

  • Creating leadership in security for the Global Internet through projects like routing and security
  • Leveraging Trust and Identity tools in the context of community infrastructure
  • Major security incidents recently experienced by the community, particularly incidents yielding significant “lessons learned”
  • The challenges of network security at 40Gbps and higher speeds
  • Supporting the research community’s unique IT security needs
  • Measuring success: security metrics and bench-marking
  • New and promising network security tools, particularly tools for collaboratively sharing data about security incidents at scale
  • Security assessments of cloud services

In previous years, attendees were particularly responsive to sessions focused on teaching techniques, especially 'how-to' mini-tutorials, vs. updates or 'lessons learned' topics.


Tracks: Advanced NetworkingInformation SecurityTrust and Identity


Trust & Identity

The Trust and Identity track provides a venue for identity architects, developers and implementers to explore and discuss topics of broad interest to the community. We invite your submissions for track sessions.

Sessions that propose some type of interactive format will receive favorable consideration. Examples include a pro/con panel, audience polls or other type of interaction, or some other form beyond “the sage on the stage.”

Topics may include:

  • new issues in managing campus identities
  • service provisioning, both locally and to the cloud<
  • managing permissions
  • use and integration of group management
  • use and integration of multifactor authentication
  • identity integrations for cloud services
  • adoption and use of the TIER (Trust and Identity in Education and Research) components (Campus Success Program participants are encouraged to submit a proposal)
  • support for the research community
  • other areas of interest in identity and access management



Call for Tutorials -- CLOSED

The Call for Tutorials is now CLOSED.

To capitalize on valuable community expertise shared via tutorials and hands-on instruction, submissions received for half- and full-day tutorials were considered by the Program Committee and a broad selection of tutorials (both full- and half-day) were selected.

All proposals received will be reviewed by community experts and ranked against other submissions, both within the topic and across all topic areas. Those deemed of “high technical value/interest” will be alerted by mid-June. All tutorial sessions will be offered on Monday, October 15, 2018, with full-day and half-day tutorials commencing after 8:30 am and all tutorials concluding before 5:00 pm.

Call for Working Meetings


The Call for Working Meetings is now OPEN! Proposals submitted by April 27 were given first consideration; proposals submitted after that date are considered "as space is available".

One of the many benefits of the 2018 Internet2 Technology Exchange is the opportunity to hold working meetings—working or advisory groups, birds-of-a-feather groups (BoFs), special interest groups (SIGS), etc.—in conjunction with other meeting activities.

NOTE: Meetings relevant to topic areas will be given a level of preference conforming to the overall programmatic goals for the event. Internet2-sanctioned working and/or advisory groups will be given preference in scheduling. All other proposals will be accepted based on space availability and we will attempt to accommodate all requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Your flexibility with day/time selections and meeting duration will assist us in accommodating your request.

Call for Sponsors

2018 Internet2 Technology Exchange sponsorships offer your organization unmatched visibility and alignment with your most important constituencies. We expect this gathering to host over 800 information technology decision-makers and high-level influencers from the nation’s top universities, government and scientific research organizations. As a sponsor, your organization automatically earns a benefit package containing special privileges not available by any other means. No other vehicle can single out your organization so effectively before this important audience. Sponsorships are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

See Technology Exchange Sponsorship for details. Please contact Taylor Kopocis, Internet2 Marketing and Communications Program Manager at tkopocis@internet2.edu or 804.822.1986 to reserve your sponsorship or plan your organization’s entire annual participation at all Internet2 events.