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4 February 2014
TNC2014: call for student contest participation

Post-graduate students working in appropriate fields are invited to submit proposals for this year's student contest at the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2014), which is sponsored by Cisco Systems and Internet Society. Submissions should be made in PDF format no later than 16 April 2014.

This is the sixth consecutive year of the contest, which has seen posters submitted and presented on a wide range of topics relevant to research and education networking. However, a new twist this year is that accepted poster presenters may also be selected to present their topic in one of the two 'lightning talks' sessions at TNC2014.

The TNC2014 poster and lightning talk contest gives students in emerging research areas the chance to gain exposure for their ideas and to gather feedback to further inform their efforts. Submissions will be evaluated on their relevance, importance and quality by a contest committee. Ten posters will be selected for presentation at TNC2014 with one author from each selected submission able to attend TNC2014 free of charge and potentially receiving financial support for travel. The best of these ten will go through for presentation as a lightning talk. The sponsors will award an additional prize to the author whose poster and talk are voted the best by TNC2014 attendees.

How to enter the contest

Submitted student posters (and lightning talks) may be about any topic relevant to TNC2014’s theme, ‘Networking with the world’, including 'How to support big and open science', 'Connecting minds', 'Experimentation as a service', 'Shaping cloud services', 'Privacy and convenience', 'Security and resilience', 'Platforms, devices and mobility', and 'Managing identity in a linked world'.

Applications should include:

  • title of the poster (and lightning talk);
  • name, school, and contact information of the submitting author;
  • names, affiliations, and contact information of any additional authors;
  • name of the presenter (if different from the submitting author);
  • an extended abstract (max. 2 pages) describing the content of the poster.

A draft poster and talk may also be submitted to support the abstract. Judges may provide feedback on chosen materials.

Send an email with the subject: ‘TNC2014 student contest submission’ to tnc2014@terena.org.

Further information

TNC posters present (technical) work achieved using graphs and images more than text, and take a less formal approach than a regular session presentation. Lightning talks are 5-minute presentations focusing on one key point, allowing you to present a project’s updates, get community feedback on an idea, share a quick tip or invite the community to collaborate.

The sponsorship of student poster presentations at TNC allows students to attend the event free of charge, giving them access to experts in a range of research networking fields.

More information about the Internet Society and Cisco Systems online.

Details of previous TNC student contest winners can be viewed at the TERENA Student Award Winners web page.

Follow @TERENAorg and #TNC14 on Twitter and further announcements here and on the TERENA Facebook pages.

If you would like to help spread the word about the TNC2014 student contest, you can download the zip file, TNC2014-student-contest-call-materials.zip, which contains a printable A4 poster pdf, a web-friendly png version, and a web banner gif that can be linked through to the TNC2014 website.