Nearly 100 representatives from our Quilt member organizations have registered for our 2015 Winter Member Meeting in La Jolla next month. This year’s event will be at the Shores Hotel and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in California on Feb. 10-12. And, in addition to some California sunshine, we also have a high-energy agenda to warm you up during these chilly February days.
Before the formal event gets underway, we will have our CEO Roundtable discussion on Tuesday afternoon, which continues to be our semiannual tradition where executive leaders from R&E networks meet with peers for a roundtable exchange of views, concerns and opportunities. This session is open to all with primary participation by CEOs of R&E networking organizations.
We officially get going on Wednesday, and we have some great topics of conversations lined up.
We start with an informative briefing/overview of CC*IIE Regional Collaboration Awards featuring KINBER, OARnet, GPN, FRGP, and Clemson University. Also joining us for our member meeting to provide invited addresses are: Kevin Thompson, Program Director at the NSF to update us from the National Science Foundation Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure; Jason Zurawski of ESnet to speak on Big Data Trends and the Key Role of the Regionals in Bridging Needs and Solutions; and representatives from the FCC to provide an overview of FCC Broadband Programs and Opportunities for R&E Networks.
Of course there will be plenty of time to network and catch up with colleagues as well as attend a number of member briefings and breakout sessions throughout the meeting on topics such as, advanced networking, network security, R&E networking community building and much more.
Finally, after receiving positive feedback from our original leadership workshop attendees and requests from other members, we will host a second Leadership Workshop at the conclusion of the 2015 Winter Member Meeting facilitated by Don Welch, President and CEO of Quilt member Merit Network. This will be another opportunity for Quilt member staff to further develop its leadership skills.
If you have not registered, please be sure to do so by Jan. 23. Online registration is available and space is limited.
You can follow the conversation now and throughout the meeting using #WMM15 or @TweettheQuilt.
We look forward to seeing you in February!