​​Debate and celebrations kick off TNC16

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A lively debate led by internet pioneer Kees Neggers and GÉANT CEO Steve Cotter marked the start of this year's networking conference, TNC16. With day one of the conference coinciding with the 30 year anniversary of formal collaboration between national research and education network organisations (NRENs) in Europe, the opening plenary discussion encouraged community comment on what lessons from our past history can help shape our shared future.

TNC16 has the theme 'Building the Internet of People', and is hosted in Prague, Czech Republic from 12-16 June by CESNET, which is also celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.

Around 680 on-site participants joined the opening plenary session, which was chaired by Christian Grimm, chair of the GÉANT Board of Directors, and was streamed in real time to the GÉANT website, the TNC16 website and the GÉANT Project intranet (login required). The session included welcoming speeches by CEO of the host organisation, Jan Gruntorád; Jan Marek of the Czech Go​vernment Office for Science, Research and Innovations; programme committee chair, Erik-Jan Bos (NORDUnet); and Rodney Wilson of Ciena, the platinum sponsor of TNC16. In a change from previous years, the opening session also included prize-giving ceremonies for the GÉANT Community Awards and the Vietsch Fo​undation award. 

Live debate

The keynote debate examined lessons from history along the themes of 'people', 'users' and 'collaboration' and sparked high levels of engagement. Having been one of the few research and education networking community members who signed the first community association, RARE, into existence and very much an 'insider' on European NREN development, Kees Neggers was well placed to use the benefit of hindsight to draw lessons from the past. Steve Cotter, who has been CEO of GÉANT since November 2015 and who, as a non-European 'outsider' to that history, brought a fresh view to the question of how to keep our community collaboration moving forward.   

Invitation to share ideas #GEANT30

To help celebrate this long and productive relationship, GÉANT invites you to share your perspectives on the past and your ideas for the future research and education networking collaboration:

  • use the hashtag #GEANT30 to post your stories and suggestions on Twitter and Facebook;
  • or blog about it on https://blog.geant.org (federated login at the bottom of page, add text and a 'featured image', save draft);
  • or email your message to Marcomms@geant.org and we will share it with the community for you.

Feature article in CONNECT

The TNC16 edition of CONNECT magazine inlcudes a short feature about the 30th anniversary, based on an interview with the TNC16 opening plenary co-keynote speaker Kees Neggers.

More about TNC16

In connection with the 30-year anniversary, GÉANT invited NRENs to use its exhibition booth to highlight their activities and achievements. Information about participating NRENs and their topics, as well as which demos and GÉANT staff are available when, can be found on the booth schedule.

Demonstrations, workshops and presentations are taking place around the core TNC16 programme, which comprises 126 speakers from institutions, user groups, and industry as well as research and education networking organisations. Most presentation slides and some papers can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant session in the online schedule.


All streams are available live, and in archive form as soon as possible after each session via the TNC16 video archive playlist on the TNC16 website. Streaming is provided by the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, PSNC (Poland), supported by CESNET, host of TNC16.

The archive stream of the opening plenary session is available.

Feedback please

Feedback about the streams is welcome. Please send your comments to Gyöngyi Horváth.


Conference a​​pp

In addition to the easy-to use, responsive-design TNC16 website, TNC16 is also using the free Conference4me app, which was developed by PSNC. This app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Pl​​ay Store or the Windows Phone Store. Search for 'TNC16’: click ‘download conference’ and then browse through the days and sessions under ‘Agenda’. When you click on a session you can see the speaker and time details. Sessions you want to visit can be added to the in-app calendar and also to your personal (Google) agenda with a single click.


Stay up to date ​​with schedule changes

Changes to the TNC16 schedule are possible. There are three ways to stay up to date with any last-minute alterations:

  • Sign in to the TNC16 website​ using your federated identity or social media, select schedule sessions by clicking the star, 'Toggle subscribed sessions' to see selection.​

  • Export sessions / events by clicking 'Save to my Google Calendar' (no login necessary). Event locations are stored as Google Maps links.
  • In Google Calendar, enter 'TNC16@geant.org' in 'Othe​r calendars'.