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4 June 2013
TNC2013 student poster contest kicks off - participants can vote!
TNC2013 student poster participants sponsored by Cisco Systems and Internet Society.

Postgraduate students met leading figures from TERENA, Cisco Systems and the Internet Society at the 2013 TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) on Tuesday 4 June. Cisco Systems and the Internet Society provided sponsorship for student participation for the fifth and second consecutive year respectively. This allowed selected students from around the world in all fields related to research networking to attend the conference free of charge and receive financial support to travel to and from the conference, giving them access to experts who have gathered at TNC2013 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

All posters are displayed this week at TNC2013 and can be viewed online. New this year is the possibility for TNC participants to vote for the best student poster online, using the conference feedback code emailed to them on Monday 3 June. The winner will be revealed during the closing plenary on Thursday.

The ten selected students travelled from around the world to attend TNC2013. Their posters cover topics as diverse as "Development of Language Resource and Automatic Speech Recognition System for Pashto" and "Ubiquitous Computing with Event Driven Mobile Application Platform – Social Computing Cloud Experiment" to "Describing and Reasoning about Dynamic Networks Using Concurrent Systems Approach".

Fostering student innovation

The students were warmly welcomed to TNC2013 by TERENA's Vice-President Conferences, Helmut Sverenyák (CESNET), Karen O'Donoghue and Mat Ford of Internet Society, and Klaas Wierenga and Chris Lonvick of Cisco Systems.

Klaas Wierenga, Cisco System’s representative in TERENA, explains why the company sponsored student participation again: "Cisco Systems cares deeply about the future and health of the Internet and therefore proudly sponsors the attendance of the new generation of thinkers."

Karen O'Donoghue, Internet Society representative, said: "Internet Society finds this contest an excellent opportunity to encourage the next generation of innovators and leaders in the Internet space."

Further information

All posters presented at the conference are available via the TNC2013 schedule. The student posters are clearly marked at the bottom of the list. Voting for the best student poster is open until 16:15 CEST on Wednesday 5 June 2013.