Nov. 8-11, 2022 | Washington University, St. Louis, MO

The Cloud Forum

Save the date! Join us for the Higher Education Cloud Forum from
Nov. 8-11, 2022 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Call for Proposals

Convening the Research and Higher Education Cloud Community

The Higher Education Cloud Forum is a gathering for higher education IT professionals to discuss the challenges, potential, and best practices for using hyper-scale computing tools and platforms to support enterprise computing, and academic research, as well as teaching and learning. The event is created by higher ed, for higher ed.

The 2022 Cloud Forum represents both a new chapter for this annual event and a return to its roots. After being hosted by Cornell University since its inception in 2015, the Cloud Forum now goes on the road. Washington University in St. Louis will host the Cloud Forum in 2022. The Forum remains an event coordinated by the higher education community for the higher education community and now more campuses will have an opportunity to host it.

Thanks to its intimate setting and higher education IT’s history of open sharing, the conversations at the Cloud Forum are candid, productive, often quite entertaining, and always informative. We share successes, failures, and lessons learned and float new ideas. We challenge our peers with the problems we are facing in hopes of tapping into the wisdom of the group.

The Forum consists of presentations, panels, lightning talks, and research presentations by faculty researchers working on the major cloud platforms. In 2019 we added a half-day unconference. We took it all virtual in 2020 and the 2021 event included a deeper dive workshop on an important emerging strategic theme. The organizing committee, inspired by this year’s proposals, may come up with even more ideas.

Cloud Forum logo

Internet2 to Support the Cloud Forum
Statler auditorium at Cornell University
After being hosted for seven years at Cornell University, with Internet2’s help, the annual community cloud event will move around the country to other institutions willing to host.

This year we leave behind the now-familiar Statler Auditorium (above) and head to the Knight Center at Washington University in St. Louis (below). While both spaces are clearly conducive to great discussions, the power of the Cloud Forum comes from the participants, their ideas, and their experiences.

Read more about the move and how you can host a future Cloud Forum->
Photo of the Knight Center auditorium at Washington University in St. Louis

Attendance

The target audience for the Cloud Forum is CIOs, directors of infrastructure, and, of course, cloud enablement leadership and architects. Participants regularly identify the limited size and frank discussions it facilitates as core benefits of the event. Attendance is restricted to staff, faculty, and with approval, students from institutions of higher education as well as invited guests. The in-person Cloud Forum venue will be limited to 100 participants. To accommodate as many institutions as possible, each institution may send no more than three attendees. We strongly encourage attendance by institutions early in their cloud journey.

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals (CFP) for the 2022 Cloud Forum is now open as is the CFP for the 2022 Internet2 Technology Exchange, which has a Cloud Technology track. To understand the difference between the two events’ target audiences and their respective CFP, read There is a Lot of Cloud to Go Around. We hope you will consider submitting proposals to, and attending, both events.

Cloud Forum Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Opens: April 22
  • Call for Proposals Closes: May 31
  • Speaker Notifications: June 30
  • Schedule Posted: July 15
  • Registration Opens: August 1
  • Cloud Forum Convenes: November 8-11