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17 May 2015
TNC15 closes, looking forward to TNC16 in Prague
Leaders of all the teams who helped to make TNC15 a success were thanked on stage during the closing plenary session.

This year’s networking conference, TNC15, closed on Thursday 17 May with an invitation for attendees to visit TNC16 in Prague, Czech Republic. Jan Gruntorád from CESNET, the Czech research and education network, presented a short film highlighting the city’s attractions, and participants of TNC15 received a USB key with an image of Prague, the “mother of cities” as a reminder of the invitation to next year's event.

The keynote presenter, João Paulo Cunha from the University of Porto, gave a presentation about the city of Porto, which has developed a Future Internet (FI) living lab at a city scale. He presented the concept of this unique excercise and discussed the future of this project, highlighting new trends and FI services as they are envisioned by the multidisciplinary and multi-institutional project team.

Recognition and honours

During the session, the 2015 GÉANT Community Award was presented to Kent Engström (SUNET and Linköping University, Sweden) for services to the Trusted Certificate Service (see separate news report).

In addition TNC15 was chosen as the occasion to present a new set of awards. Vietsch Foundation medals were awarded to Andrew Cormack (Jisc) and Roland Hedberg (University of Umeå, Sweden) for long term contributions to community activities throughout their careers.

About TNC15

TNC15 matched last year's record with around 650 participants attending.

TNC15 was organised by GÉANT and hosted by FCT|FCCN, Portugal's unit for the operation of the National Research and Education Network within the funding agency for science and research in Portugal. The conference was held on 15-18 June 2015 in Porto. All information, including the full conference schedule and presentations can be found on the TNC15 website. Most of the slides and some of the conference papers can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant session in the TNC15 schedule.

Local support for TNC15 was provided by Leading.

Sponsorship or support was provided by Ciena, ECI Telecom, Cisco, Internet Society, DigiCert, Yubico, IT Center, RIPE NCC, Kaltura, Vidyo Inc., Coriant, ownCloud, Comodo, Brocade, Alcatel-Lucent, Amazon Web Services, ADVA Optical Networking, Corsa Technology, OSI Hardware & Telecom, FCT|FCCN, Porto Digital, the European Commission, the University of Porto, the Porto Convention Bureau, RTP2 and 23.

Archived video streams of all TNC15 presentations are currently available from the TNC15 video archives page.