A great opening keynote by Artistic and Managing Director of Ars Electronica, Gerfried Stocker, kicked off this year's TNC – an annual highlight for the GÉANT community. He speaks of how the technology side of science and innovation is well addressed, but social and cultural aspects need to accelerate. With fascinating, engaging and interactive approaches to fusing art, creativity and technology, this is exactly what the Ars Electronica Future Lab is doing. We need collaboration between artists and creatives, and engineers and scientists as the key to successfully reaching users. You can read an interview with Gerfried in GÉANT's CONNECT magazine, which can be viewed here, and if you are at TNC17, please drop by the GÉANT booth and pick up your copy.
TNC17, its 33rd edition, is being hosted by the Austrian Academic Computer Network (ACOnet), the Austrian National research and education network (NREN) for science, research, education, and culture and is being held in the picturesque, UNESCO City of Media Arts of Linz, Austria until 2 June 2017.
Almost 700 on-site participants joined the opening plenary session, which was opened by GÉANT CEO Steve Cotter and chaired by Christian Grimm, chair of the GÉANT Board of Directors.
The session included welcoming speeches by CEO of the host organisation, Christian Panigl, who welcomed everybody to the Design Centre Linz. This was followed by the Mayor of Linz, Klaus Luger who provided some interesting background on Linz - a city of science and media arts that provides its diverse people with opportunities. Iris Rauskala, Director General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy spoke of the valuable connection between politics and technology, and how science helps collaboration and integration.
Rodney Wilson of Ciena, one of two Platinum sponsors together with Infinera, welcomed participants and wished them all a successful conference.
The opening session also included ceremonies for the GÉANT Community Awards and the Vietsch Foundation award, all streamed in real time to the TNC17 website.
With the theme of "The Art of Creative Networking", TNC17 offers more than ever with keynote speakers, parallel sessions, lightning talks, demonstrations and a new student outreach programme.
Taking part and learning more
Full details on this week's schedule plus access to live streams, is available on the TNC17 website.
All sessions are streamed live, and in archive form as soon as possible after each session via the TNC17 video archive playlist on the TNC17 website. Streaming is provided by the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, PSNC (Poland).
If you are joining the conversation on social media this week, please use #TNC17!