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22 May 2014
Winner of TNC2014 student poster contest awarded
Jessica Steinberger, winner of the TNC2014 student poster contest, received her prize from TNC2014 sponsors Cisco and the Internet Society.

Jessica Steinberger, (University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany and Twente University, the Netherlands) won the prize for best student poster at this year’s TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2014), awarded by Cisco Systems and the Internet Society, the co-sponsors of student participation. The winning poster "Real-time DDoS Defense: A collaborative Approach at Internet Scale” was selected from a set of excellent candidates based on technical evaluations and the attendee vote. Jessica was awarded her prize during the TNC2014 closing plenary session on Thursday 22 May.

This year all the students were competitive with two students ending up neck-and-neck for the top podium spot. The judges had a hard time making a selection despite evaluating their posters, listening to their lightning talks, and considering the results of the attendee voting. However, after having taken into account the presentation skills and level of proactivity in communicating the posters' contents to the community, the judges selected Jessica as the winner.

Communication and content

In the difficult task of selecting the winning poster, the judges considered the graphic and verbal presentation as well as the content and the research conveyed. "What in the end made us pick Jessica was that she made full use of TNC2014 in furthering her research for her PhD thesis on real-time DDos Defense, actively approaching event staff and participants alike to gain feedback and input for her research activities," said Klaas Wierenga, Senior Network Engineer with Cisco.

The other student posters were also highly praised by the TNC attendees and by the judges. Karen O'Donoghue, Research Analyst for Networks and Trust with Internet Society, said, "I was pleased with the overall quality of the students. They represented a wide range of topics in a number of interesting areas. I believe they added to the overall quality of the conference with well presented and carefully thought out work".

Klaas Wierenga explained: "Cisco and the Internet Society both find it important to support the further development of the Internet. Bringing in fresh talent and ideas is crucial for that purpose. All students have demonstrated their commitment through their interactions with the other participants and we are therefore very happy that we were able to bring this generation of future Internet leaders to the conference."

Further information

This was the sixth consecutive year that Cisco had provided sponsorship for student participation at TNC, and the third time for Internet Society. The sponsorship of student poster presentations at the TERENA Networking Conference allows students from across Europe to attend the event free of charge, giving them access to experts in a range of research networking fields.

Find more information about Internet Society and Cisco Systems.

All TNC2014 posters can be viewed online.