2020 Internet2 Global Summit

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Call for Participation

The 2020 Internet2 Global Summit will continue to showcase the collaborative ways in which the R&E community transforms how research and scholarship are conducted. Whether building new relationships or nurturing existing ones, attendees to this year’s Global Summit can expect to participate in knowledge-sharing discussions with peers to identify potential challenges and solutions, identify common pitfalls, and debate best practices amongst community professionals.   

The Call for Community Voices Lightning Talks is Now Closed

The Internet2 2020 Global Summit is issuing a call for brief “lighting talks” featuring community voices on interesting topics, common challenges, success stories, or general issues facing the R&E community as we move into the new decade. All selected talks will be presented during the Tuesday, March 31 closing General Session and will be no longer than 5 minutes each.

Do you have an interesting topic or story that you’d be willing to share? Do you know any of your peers and colleagues who might be interested in presenting to the Global Summit audience?

If so, please submit your ideas HERE

[NOTE: Submissions are due by February 21, 2020 and will be reviewed by a subset of the existing Program Committee. Selected talks will be presented during the Tuesday closing General Session, which will be netcast live and recorded for later viewing. All submitters will be informed of the status of their proposals by March 6.]

Lightning talk abstracts should include:

  • Presentation title
  • Presentation description
  • Presenter’s name and affiliation
  • Authors names and affiliations (if different from the presenter)

When submitting your abstract, you will be required to select from among the existing 'tracks' on the program; however, if you do not feel your talk fits into one of these options, please indicate this in the open comment box under "Other Information."

The Call for Working Meeting Proposals is Now Closed

One of the many benefits of attending the 2020 Internet2 Global Summit is the opportunity to hold and attend working meetings — working group meetings, advisory groups, birds-of-a-feather groups (BoFs), special interest groups (SIGs), etc. — in conjunction with other meeting activities.

Meetings relevant to the overall Global Summit program goals, and those open to all attendees, are given a higher level of preference. Internet2-sanctioned working groups and/or advisory groups are also given scheduling preference. All other proposals are accepted based on space availability and we will attempt to accommodate all requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your flexibility with day/time selections and meeting duration will assist us in accommodating your request.

The Call for Session Proposals is Now Closed

Our community-led program committee for this year’s event welcomed proposals that focused on the following topics:

Advanced Networking 

This track focuses on network innovation, ecosystem-wide collaborations, models for Cloud and research support, network security, and foundations for the future as part of the Internet2 Next Generation Infrastructure plans and implementation. This track will also highlight innovations in network automation and orchestration, research support programs, security, and technology implementations in advanced networking. This includes building ecosystem collaborations for delivering research and academic services collaborations across local, national, and global advanced networks.

Cloud Integration

This track focuses on sharing best practices, lessons learned, and ideas for integrating cloud as a core component of service delivery at an R&E institutions. Cloud technology introduced many challenges in managing an IT environment (e.g., resources in the cloud require on campus identity or network infrastructure to function or research workloads requiring storage on one cloud provider and specialized hardware on another). Presentations are encouraged to be multi-disciplinary, incorporate campus presenters/expertise, and center around these topics:

- Enterprise-scale cloud migrations and implementations including temporary or permanent hybrid cloud topologies

- Expanding access to cloudy research infrastructure

- Implementing and supporting emerging technologies - how to let the campus community lead new technology discovery

- Integrating multiple campus critical cloud services

- Rapidly updating and deploying services using modern operational techniques (SRE, DevOps or others)

- Leveraging open-source technologies to address unique community needs unaddressed in the commercial marketplace

- A focus on real world cases  and examples that can be leveraged by the higher education community

InCommon Trusted Access

The information in this track helps you provide trusted access to services, whether you support the user, make services available, or both. Topics can include:

- Global identity federation updates

- Best practices in the field

- Getting started with specific identity and access management solutions

- Community case studies

- Use of federation and identity management strategies to support researchers and their participation in virtual organizations.

Integrated Solutions

This track highlights the innovative use of technology to support research, scholarship, and creativity across national and global-scale collaborations, solving challenges and barriers to success that are common to distributed, collaborative, or big-data projects. This track will also highlight the work of scientific researchers across campuses, virtual organizations, and national and commercial facilities, data resources, and cloud services, and bring to the forefront initiatives that use technology to solve common challenges in areas such as big data and analytics.


2020 Internet2 Global Summit sponsorships offer your organization unmatched visibility and alignment with your most important constituencies. We expect this gathering to host nearly 1000 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 Global Summit Sponsorship for details. Please contact Taylor Kopocis, Marketing & Communications Program Manager at sponsorship@internet2.edu or (804) 822-1986 to reserve your sponsorship or plan your organization’s entire annual participation at all Internet2 events.

For More Information

Check our For More Information page for guidelines for submissions, timeline for selection process, how to get more from the review process or get involved next year, and much more!