KINBERCON is a two-day event that brings together hundreds of Pennsylvania’s leaders in education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and technology to share ideas and success stories about using next generation networks and technology.


Thank you to all who helped make KINBERCON 2017 in Pittsburgh such a success! Continue the conversation online using hashtag #KINBERCON2017.


Pennsylvania's only statewide IT conference for the research and education advanced networking community.


General workshops and lectures about technology, research, and more.


Learn and discuss best practices and benefits of cloud storage.

Internet of Things

Workshops and technical training focused on next generation networks and technology.


In depth discussions, workshops, and training on cybersecurity.

Register for KINBERCON

KINBERCON also offers half-day and full-day workshops on Wednesday with class sizes ranging from 15-40 attendees. Training sessions will run from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, or 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM with breakfast and lunch provided to all attendees. Topics will support the themes of Security, Cloud, and Internet of Things, as well as technical training and certification courses.


Being a sponsor has many benefits. All sponsors will receive an invitation to the Exclusive VIP Cocktail Reception Monday night, a 6’ exhibitor table at the Tuesday event (Platinum level receives a larger booth space), your logo on the meeting home page and print items, verbal recognition at the welcome session as well as social media acknowledgement, and a copy of meeting attendee contact list.

2017 Conference Schedule

  • monday04/03/2017
  • tuesday04/04/2017
  • wednesday04/05/2017
5:00-7:00 PM

Sponsor and Exhibitor Set Up

6:00-8:00 PM

Sponsor VIP Cocktail Reception

We are so grateful to our sponsors for making KINBERCON 2017 possible. We invite you to a Sponsor VIP Cocktail Reception as a way to thank you for your generosity.

7:00 AM

Vendor Set Up

7:30 AM

Registration Begins

Registration table open in William Penn Ballroom lobby on lower level

7:30-8:30 AM


Enjoy breakfast and networking. Visit with sponsors.

8:30-9:15 AM

Breakout Session 1

The CISO as a Strategic Leader: Moving Information Security from Tactical to Strategic / Digital Infrastructure for Smart Cities / NSF Grant Awardee Panel


Welcome and Opening Keynote

Be officially welcomed to KINBERCON 2017 by Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO. Opening Keynote KINBER 2020


Break and Vendors

Morning break and visit with vendors.


Breakout Session 2

The Future of Broadband, a National Perspective / CIO Leadership in a Time of Crisis / The PennREN Network Past, Present, and Future / Securing Your Digital Workspace / Collaborative Video Working Group


Break and Vendors

Morning break and visit with vendors.


Breakout Session 3

Cultivating Smart and Connected Communities / Trust and Identity at Internet2 / Making Cybersecurity Easier: Enhance Security While Saving Time, Money, and Aggravation / Converged Router with MPLS for Better Performance

12:30-1:30 PM


Network and socialize over lunch in the William Penn Ballroom.

1:30-2:15 PM

Breakout Session 4

Gigabit Last Mile / Fundamentals of IPv6 / Promoting Diversity in IT / PennREN NOC Roundtable / Cybersecurity Working Group Meeting

2:15-2:30 PM

Break and Vendors

Afternoon break and visit with vendors.

2:30-3:15 PM

Breakout Session 5

The Internet2 Community: Enabling The Future / Social Network Design / Leveraging Your Network To Strengthen Security Capabilities / The Northeast Michigan Fiber Consortium - A Last Mile Strategy

3:15-3:45 PM

Break and Vendors

Afternoon break and visit with vendors.

3:45-4:15 PM

Breakout Session 6

Regional Network Panel: Creating Value Through Services and Support / Using Operational Intelligence to Improve IT Efficiency, Security and Reduce Cost in Higher Education / Campus Awareness of Cybersecurity Threats and Online Privacy Issues / Change is Merely an Act of Survival When Dealing with Malware / PennREN Technical User Group Meeting

4:15-4:30 PM


Afternoon break.

4:30-5:00 PM

Closing Keynote

David J. Hickton, former United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security, closing keynote.

5:00 PM

Remove Vendor Booths

All vendor booths must be removed.

6:00-8:00 PM

General Reception

Socialize and network with attendees during the General Reception, Bob and Delores Hope Room, Mezzanine Level


BGP 101


BGP 201

Part 2 of the BGP workshop builds on the BGP 101 workshop and will feature a deeper dive into advanced configuration with hands on exercises and additional instructor led training. Presenter(s): Peter Southwick, Senior Solutions Architect, Integration Partners; Shawn Jacobsen, Solutions Architect, Integration Partners * This workshop can be taken separately or combined with BGP 101.


Threat on Your Doorstep: Cybersecurity for Executives

The Threat at Your Doorstep: Cybersecurity for Executives half day workshop will focus on areas such as the current threat landscape, social engineering, critical controls, common attack vectors and more. Participants walk away with an in-depth overview of various hackers types, the nature and role of training programs and an exploration of social engineering. Attendees will also participate in a live phishing attack demo. Presenter(s): William J. (Joe) Adams, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Cyber Security, Executive Director of the Michigan Cyber Range, Merit Network and Tonia Cronin, Business Development Manager for the Michigan Cyber Range and Program Manager for the Cyber Range Hubs


Preparing a Successful NSF Campus Cyberinfrastructure Grant Proposal

This workshop provides an in-depth look at National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure solicitation, the program that enables you to build your campus infrastructure or develop tools and support for robust research projects that require an advanced network like PennREN. Topics include elements of a successful campus cyberinfrastructure proposal, resources available to help prepare your response to the solicitation, developing a campus cyberinfrastructure plan, science driver requirements, and more. Have your questions answered and discuss and explore partner and collaboration opportunities. Presenter(s): Wendy Huntoon, President and CEO, KINBER; Nili Tannenbaum, Director, Sponsored Research Administration, Internet2



This customized workshop will provide attendees with the foundation for the silver IPv6 certification exam at the end of the course. IPv6 instruction topics include, but are not limited to the following: Addressing, Architecture, Capabilities, Configuration, Features, Header Translation, Integration, Migration Planning, Packet Generation, QoS, Routing, Security, Specification, Transition Mechanisms, Troubleshooting, and Tunneling. This coursework is approved and certified by the IPv6 Forum. Presenter(s): Brandon Ross, Chief Network Architect and CEO, Network Utility Force LLC


Campus Network Performance Optimization and Monitoring - perfSONAR, ScienceDMZ

This workshop will introduce participants to the key components of network performance optimization toward the goal of a friction free network environment critical to supporting innovative network use. Topics will include perfSONAR and the KINBER perfSONAR pilot. The workshop will also provide network engineers on campuses and labs with the foundation they need to plan and operate SDN capabilities on their networks. Presenters will share concrete lessons about designing, deploying, and operating SDN networks and the creation of a Science DMZ. Presenter(s): Jason Zurawski, Science Engagement Engineer, ESnet; Bill Fulk, Indiana University Global Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC); Ken Miller, Penn State University; Zach Bare, Engineer, KINBER


Firewall Ultimate Test Drive

This hands on workshop and “test drive” will take participants through guided breach case studies to help with understanding malware, enabling security and securing cloud access. Presenter(s): Greg Whipp, Sun Management; Allan Sumerfield, Palo Alto Networks


Incident Response Plan Development Workshop (Hands-On)

The workshop is based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800 framework for managing computer security incidents. Attendees will learn the format of an incident response plan, how to determine a reportable incident, how to articulate the roles of a response team and much more. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have crafted the first draft of an incident response plan. Presenter(s): William J. (Joe) Adams, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Cyber Security, Executive Director of the Michigan Cyber Range, Merit Network and Tonia Cronin, Business Development Manager for the Michigan Cyber Range and Program Manager for the Cyber Range Hubs


Augmented Reality Virtual Reality and 360 Video for Education and Workforce Development

This workshop will guide participants through an overview of how augmented reality, virtual reality and 360 video are being used for education and workforce development and how to get started exploring possible applications of these technologies at your institution. The workshop will feature examples of these technologies being used today across departments and disciplines at academic entities in PA and around the globe. Presenter(s): Jennifer Oxenford, Director of Community Engagement, KINBER; Ben Fineman, Program Manager NET+ Video, Voice, and Collaboration Services, Internet2; Chris Collins, Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments, University of Cincinnati; Meagan Koleck, Media Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pittsburgh; Adam Geiman, 4th Grade Teacher, Blue Ball Elementary; John Henry Dale, Manager, Distance Learning and Information Technologies New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy


VR and AR Experience Zone
Experience Virtual and Augmented Reality

Seeing is believing!! Don't miss the Virtual and Augmented Reality Experience Zone all day on Tuesday April 4 in the William Penn Ballroom. The Virtual and Augmented Reality Experience Zone lets you try out virtual and augmented realities for yourself, including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft Hololens, Samsung GearVR, and Google Cardboard. This interactive experience is made possible through the efforts of the University of Cincinnati Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research, the Internet2 Metaverse Working Group, and KINBER.

David J. Hickton Closing Keynote
Founding Director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security

At KINBERCON, our keynotes are the thought leaders, visionaries, and technology trailblazers who will share their insights and vision for the future of advanced networking and IT for research and education. We are pleased to announce that David J. Hickton former United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security will provide the closing keynote for KINBERCON 2017 on Tuesday April 4. Hickton has been an advocate for cybersecurity vigilance, as well as the development of methods to defend the nation’s systems infrastructure. He played an integral role in creating legal practices for cybercrime investigations and prioritized the prosecution of computer crimes throughout his tenure. Hickton's keynote will be the perfect closing to KINBERCON 2017.

Why attend KINBERCON?

  • A streamlined schedule format featuring a day of breakout sessions across four tracks – General, Cloud, Security, and Internet of Things
  • A full day of technical training opportunities
  • Dozens of panels and technical workshops
  • Keynote speakers
  • An evening gala networking reception


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