Annual Conference

KINBERCON 2017 Annual Conference
Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA  

April 3 – 5, 2017

KINBERCON 2017 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. Back by popular demand in 2017 will be a streamlined schedule format featuring a day of breakout sessions across four tracks – General, Cloud, Security, and Internet of Things – followed by a full day of technical training opportunities. The conference will host dozens of panels and technical workshops as well as keynote speakers and an evening gala networking reception.

General Timeline & Conference Schedule
Note: Schedule is tentative and is subject to change. 

Monday April 3rd

5:00-7:00 p.m.          Sponsor and Exhibitor Set Up
6:00-8:00 p.m.          Sponsor VIP Cocktail Reception

Tuesday April 4th

7:00 a.m.               Vendor Set Up
7:30 a.m.               Registration Begins
7:30-8:30 a.m.          Breakfast
8:30-9:15 a.m.          First Breakouts and BoFs
9:30-10:30 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Keynote
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.   Breakout Sessions
12:15-1:30 p.m.         Lunch
1:30-5:00 p.m.          Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m.               All Vendor Booths must be removed
6:00-9:00 p.m.          Cocktail Reception

Wednesday April 5th 

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Half Day AM Workshops
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Half Day PM Workshops
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Full Day Workshops


Diversity Scholarship
The KINBER Diversity Scholarship initiative is aimed at broadening participation in the field of advanced networking technology to encourage diverse and new attendance at KINBERCON 2017, the organization’s annual conference. Click here to view more information and learn how to apply. 

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor
Be a part of KINBERCON 2017 from the very beginning! Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels to meet every need and budget size. Choose the best option that works for your company or speak to us about a customized sponsorship package. Sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to see the range of available sponsorship levels and apply to secure your spot as a KINBERCON 2017 sponsor or exhibitor today!

Conference Venue
The conference will take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 Willian Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the Omni William Penn Hotel is just 18 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport and 11 miles from Allegheny County Airport, and is the ideal location for KINBERCON 2017.

A block of discounted rooms has been secured for conference attendees at the Omni William Penn Hotel for Sunday April 2 – Wednesday April 5, 2017. The exclusive conference rate for KINBERCON 2017 guests is $179/night and is available only through March 13, 2017 so make your accommodation arrangements early to ensure you get the conference rate. Reserve your hotel accommodations at the Omni William Penn Hotel here.

Prior Conferences

KINBERCON 2016 was a record breaking event! The 2016 annual conference had our highest yet with nearly 300 registrants, 24 sponsors, 24+ concurrent sessions, 7 technical workshops, and by all counts was an overall success. Our thanks to the sponsors, speakers, and who attended and contributed to the discussion about how KINBER and the research and education network called PennREN are building community and fueling Pennsylvania’s technological revolution

The 2016 annual event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City, located on 237 S. Broad Street Philadelphia right along the Avenue of the Arts near City Hall and in the middle of the arts and entertainment center of the city.

Keynote and Featured Speakers
The event featured Florence Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Internet2 who provided the opening keynote for KINBERCON 2016 on Tuesday April 12. Other featured speakers include Glenn Ricart, Founder and CTO, US Ignite – Next Generation Apps for America; John Windhausen, Executive Director, Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB), and many others.

Senator John Yudichak Provides Closing Remarks at KINBERCON 2016

The KINBERCON 2016 closing keynote was given by Senator John Yudichak. Read highlights from Senator Yudicak’s closing remarks:

“KINBER is PA’s connection to the 21st century knowledge based economy….
KINBER is the bridge to a more innovative, job-creating PA….
KINBER is the anchor of a technological revolution that can unleash the talented minds of a generation of Pennsylvanians who will push the boundaries of science, business and government. Yes, KINBER can be the fuel of new PA economy…an economy that catches the imagination of the entrepreneurs from around the world and brings the world economy to PA. We must seize this moment in PA and rally around the tremendous foundation already established by the KINBER organization and continue your great work to connect PA to the future…a brighter, more prosperous future where high-speed broadband connections are at the fingertips of every Pennsylvanian.” 

Read the Full Transcript of Senator Yudichak’s Full Closing Keynote

New Conference Format  

Full Conference Schedule
View full schedule. 

Full and Half Day Technical Workshops
View workshop descriptions.

Diversity Scholarship
KINBER was pleased to offer four Diversity Scholarships aimed at broadening participation in the field of advanced networking technology at KINBERCON 2016. Each scholarship included participation in one technical workshop on Wednesday, April 13, and admission to the full conference program, including all meals and receptions on Tuesday, April 12. The 2016 Diversity Scholarship recipients were announced by KINBER President and CEO, Wendy Huntoon at the opening keynote. The 2016 Diversity Scholarship recipients were:
Jennifer Kim,
Second Shift IT Manager, Montgomery County Community College
Debra Geoghan,
Professor /Area Coordinator Computer and Information Science, Bucks County Community College
Michelle Simms, Ed.D.,
Director of Instructional Technology, Gwynedd Mercy University
William F. Kershner II, M.S.Ed.,
IT Systems Manager, Gwynedd Mercy University

Event Sponsors
Thank you to our KINBERCON 2016 event sponsors!

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Enabling Innovation

April 15 – 16, 2015 at the Hilton Harrisburg

At KINBER’s fourth annual conference, regional and national thought leaders in education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media and technology shared ideas and success stories about how broadband technology can foster collaboration and learning, enhance research and big data and strengthen economic development.

Keynote and Plenary speakers included:

  • Lev Gonick, CEO and Co-founder of OneCommunity
  • Dr. David Volkman, Executive Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Dave Farber, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science in Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lanny Black, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Networking opportunities * Network Security * Funding Programs *CIO Roundtables * Community Engagement * Disaster Recovery * Content Sharing * Economic Development * Collaborative Panels * Live Demonstrations * Vendors and Exhibitors * PennREN * IPv6 * Training Opportunities * Broadband * Last Mile Connectivity * SDN *

The conference also featured an evening reception at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

View the conference program here.

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April 23 – 24, 2014 at the Hilton Harrisburg

Leaders in education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media and technology will share ideas and success stories about using next generation technology to collaborate on initiatives, conduct research, and share educational resources. Highlights include:

H. David Lambert, current president and chief executive officer of Internet 2

Pankaj Shah, the executive director of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and the Ohio Supercomputer Center

An evening reception on April 23rd in the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.

Sessions feature: Network Security * Policy Updates * CIO Breakfast * Healthcare Applications * Disaster Recovery * Content Sharing * Economic Development * Collaborative Panels * Technology Exhibitors * Live Demonstrations * Training Opportunities * Broadband * The Future of PennREN * Last Mile Connectivity *Cloud Based Services* On-line Learning * Network Threat Prevention* Internet2 * Shared Service Offerings* Fiber Boot Camp “ SDN * IPV6 ”

Free post-event training sessions have been added on Thursday from 1:30 – 4:00. Registration is required and sessions are limited to 25 participants.

– SDN Presentation, Training and Sandbox with SDN Working Group:  View the Flyer
– Fiber Boot Camp Hosted by Merit Network:  View the Flyer

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MAKING THE CONNECTION: Creating Sustainable Broadband Solutions

June 26 – 27, 2013

Hundreds of Pennsylvania’s leaders in education, healthcare, economic development, and technology convened in Pittsburgh for a two-day conference event where they:

  • Shared ideas and success stories about using ultra-high speed fiber optic networks to collaborate on initiatives, conduct research, and leverage educational resources.
  • Participated in interactive panels and informative sessions provided by nationally recognized presenters, and enjoyed an evening networking reception.
  • Celebrated the completion of the 1,600-mile Pennsylvania Research and Education Network.

Check out the 2013 Member Meeting Session Videos!

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On April 19 & 20th, in Blue Bell, PA at the Montgomery County Community College, there was a Meeting with KINBER members and potential members. The result was a true collaboration! The member community came together for interactive discussions about new and ongoing work and also made connections and formed new alliances.

A great thank you goes out to all of our speakers who provided compelling and informative content. We also thank our sponsors who made all of this possible.

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