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CENIC 2018 The Right Connection, March 5-7, 2018, Monterey, CACENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, will hold its 21st annual conference, The Right Connection, March 5-7, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, Calif. Registration is open and the full program is now live.

Visit the conference website for details.

The CENIC annual conference brings together participants from public and private research universities, public libraries, science and performing arts centers, private sector technology businesses, and city, county, and state government sectors.

Keynotes & Program Highlights

Keynote speakers at the 2018 conference include Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; Ilkay Altintas, Chief Data Science Officer and Director, San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego; and Kireeti Kompella, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Juniper Networks. The conference program also includes a remarkable lineup of speakers and panels for each of CENIC’s communities.

Some program highlights include:

  • A Pacific and National Research Platform track including Reports from the Pacific Research Platform and Towards a National Research Platform, both intended to assist various regional Research Platform efforts in information-sharing and, ultimately, convergence on a national plan

  • A panel on the physical and health impacts of climate change for the Pacific, led by Jerry Meehl (Senior Scientist, NCAR) and Kristie L. Ebi (Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington)

  • Scientific and Cultural Institutions on Regional, National, and International R&E Networks

  • Wireless Extensions of R&E Networks, which provides examples of how large-scale wireless high-performance data networks are used for interdisciplinary research and education applications such as earthquake detection and fire monitoring

  • Mastering Data Management examples from the California Community Colleges

  • Opportunities for K-12 collaboration with museums, public libraries, and universities in sessions such as Visualizing Cultural Heritage; Riding the WAVE: Student-led Docent Program for UC Merced; and More than Internet Access, which demonstrates how libraries across the state are using high-speed broadband to expand programs and services

See the full conference program online.

Travel & Hotel

The conference program, reception and informal networking will take place at The Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa. CENIC has a room block with a special rate available for the conference of $179+ 11.6% tax. For reservations, call 888-421-1442 and use the group name "CENIC 2018." Reservations can also be made online at this link. The group rate is good through Feb. 12.

Nearby airports:

  • Monterey Regional Airport (MRY): 2 miles
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): 72.1 miles
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 101 miles


Sponsorship is one more way to get involved with the conference. There are still a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for 2018. Becoming a sponsor will provide your organization with recognition and publicity as well as the opportunity to connect directly with some of the industry's most distinguished professionals. For more information on sponsorship, contact Michelle Perez-Robles at 714.220.3472.


CENIC advances education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers and others at vital public-serving institutions.

CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, USC, and the Naval Postgraduate School. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

Information provided by CENIC


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