March 4-7, 2024 | Chicago, Ill.

Internet2 2024 Community Exchange

Join us March 4-7 in Chicago for the 2024 Internet2 Community Exchange, a conference experience designed for you to connect, discuss, and network with your Research and Education peers.

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Lessons in Leadership

Share ideas. Create solutions. Develop Meaningful Connections.

About the Community Exchange

Meet With Your Peers, Solve Common Challenges

For nearly 30 years, Internet2 has convened the worldwide research and education (R&E) community for strategic conversations and discussions at the forefront of innovation and technology.

Those include discussions around the policy implications and effects of a variety of emerging developments in networking, federated trust and identity, cloud-based computing services, information security, and how expanding research demands drive innovations.

Community Exchange participants meet with peers from around the globe working to solve common challenges. Bring your voice to the discussion and help build a better experience for all!

CommEX group sitting at a table.

Collaboration Opportunities

The Community Exchange convenes CIOs and other Higher Education Research and Education (R&E) leaders from institutions around the world in an environment of open engagement, free exchange, partnership, and collaboration.

Together, we gauge progress toward our collective goals, share best practices, explore critical issues within the broad R&E landscape, and determine community priorities. When we involve thought leaders, decision-makers, technologists, and end users in the same conversation, we do amazing things.


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Types of Organizations That Typically Attend

  • Internet2 Higher Education Member Institutions 
  • InCommon Participant organizations
  • State and Regional Network Member organizations
  • Affiliate / Federal Affiliate Member organizations 
  • Global National Research and Education Network Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Industry Partners
  • HBCUs, TCUs and other Minority Serving Institution representatives
  • Research organizations, labs

Who Should Attend

  • Chief Information Officers and their leadership teams
  • IT Directors and Managers
  • C-Level Leadership (Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Procurement Officers and more)
  • CEO and Executive Directors
  • State and Regional Network Operators
  • Network Directors, Managers, Engineers, and Programmers
  • Security Professionals
  • Research Computing and Data Professionals
  • Researchers
  • Vice Presidents for Research
  • Cloud Architects
  • Identity Architects


Kate Darling, AI and Robotics Expert, to Deliver CommEX24 Keynote
Kate Darling

Join us for the CommEX24 keynote presentation featuring Kate Darling, a leading expert in technology, ethics, and policy, on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 a.m. CT. Darling is offering new insights from her groundbreaking social robotics and AI investigations. She will explore topics such as human responses, ethical quandaries, and legal challenges surrounding these quickly evolving fields.

Relax and Recharge!
Attendees are invited to relax and meet with colleagues in the “Relax and Recharge” community space which provides a quiet, comfortable spot to charge devices, check email or have a conversation. This space will be available Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The room location is coming soon.

Also, take advantage of other opportunities to mingle with your fellow CommEX24 attendees. These events include:

— The Welcome Reception: Monday, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom Promenade
— The Sponsor Social: Tuesday, 5:10-6:10 p.m. in the Ballroom Promenade
— Fun 5K Walk/Run: Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.
— Taste of Chicago Reception: Wednesday, 5:10-6:30 p.m. (details forthcoming)
Participants will have the opportunity to explore strategic topics as:

General Schedule

Designed as an easy-in/easy-out conference, here are highlights of CommEX24:

  • the event begins late on a Monday with a Welcome Reception (following a ½-day invitational event for CIOs and other executive leaders)
  • this is followed by two content- and interaction-filled days
  • sessions until noon Thursday
  • workshop from 1 – 5 p.m. Thursday

Designed by and for the community, the schedule is shaped by the Program Committee, a team of CIOs and member/partner leaders who come together for two days to plan the event.

Meet members of the Program Committee

View the detailed General Schedule.


“Attending Internet2’s Community Exchange is a necessary investment to help me remain connected and relevant in our higher education community. With too many demands for time on my calendar, I am careful to make the time to attend Community Exchange to engage with the thought and action leaders in our community to keep in front of emerging strategic issues that will advance my institution, and to ensure we can invest in the ideas and solutions to advance teaching, learning and research.”

– Garret T. Yoshimi, Vice President, IT & CIO, University of Hawaii

“I’ve been attending the Internet2 Community Exchange (formerly called The Global Summit) for many years now as it gives me the opportunity to meet with colleagues, engage with community experts and thought leaders, generate new ideas, and forge new and existing connections.”

– Ryan Kocsondy, CEN, Director, Connecticut Education Network

“As an industry member in the Internet2 community, the Community Exchange provides me with unique opportunities to engage people across the global R&E community. Being part of these discussions and ongoing collaborations allows me to be at the forefront of emerging technologies and issues critical to research and higher ed institutions.”

– Steve Quagliata, Director of Education Markets, Ciena Corporation

“The Internet2 Community Exchange is a must-attend event for me and my organization. Hearing from colleagues from around the world helps us understand the issues that are top of mind in R&E on a global scale. This level of collaboration is vital to my role at CANARIE.”

– Alex Bushell, Director, Strategic Policy and International Relations, CANARIE

Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Cisco logo

Gold Sponsors
Oracle logo
ServiceNow logo

Silver Sponsors
Carahsoft logo
Ciena logo
Clearspan connected logo
Nokia logo
Radware logo

Bronze Sponsors
Four Points Technology logo

InCommon Catalysts Sponsors

Internet2 Inclusivity (I2I) Scholarship Sponsors
Cisco logo
Northern Tier Network Consortium logo

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