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Annual Member Conference

CEN’s 2019 Annual Member Conference was a success with more than 600 attendees and over 50 sponsors. Thank you for joining us this year, we look forward to next year’s conference on May 7-8, 2020!

Upcoming Events

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2020 CEN Member Conference

For 20 years, CEN has been Connecticut’s premier provider of high-performance Internet services for all Connecticut’s communities.  Join us, May 7-8, 2020, at the 2020 CEN Member Conference to celebrate this major milestone and to participate in an expanded two day event featuring more training, collaboration, education, and networking than ever before!  You can also expect an enjoyable look at CEN’s founding, growth, and future plans.

Since 2000, CEN has been accelerating the progress of our members by providing reliable, low latency, high-speed networking and security services. CEN is the provider of choice for organizations that demand exceptional value, performance, and highly personalized service.

Past Events

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2019 CEN Member Conference

The CEN member conference is a unique opportunity to join over 500 of your colleagues and industry experts in a one day event geared to educate, communicate and collaborate about common issues in cybersecurity, community best practices, education and innovation, and technology community awareness. This year's conference featured a keynote by Dr Kate Darling of MIT, 28 parallel sessions to choose from, hot lunch and more! You can view a photo gallery from this event on our Conference page.

Quarterly Training Sessions

The CEN Engagement and Development Advisory Council is happy to announce CEN's quarterly training sessions.

Upcoming Events

Cyber Defense Clinic

The CEN Engagement and Development Council is pleased to invite you to our next quarterly training event. This event will be a Cyber Defense Clinic presented by Cisco. This training will provide hands-on interaction with the latest tools for IT professionals to hone their cybersecurity expertise. Join us for this unique opportunity to work with an advanced set of automated, integrated, cybersecurity technologies. Participants will experience common cybersecurity attack situations in a virtualized lab environment, including the opportunity to play both the role of attacker and defender.
This event will be held on October 3rd, at Central Connecticut State University, and it is open to all CEN Members. Participants will need to bring a laptop to the training and register prior to the event for a free CCO ID to access Cisco resources. The CCO ID can be easily obtained by following the instructions here: CCO ID Video.


Past Events

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Digital Accessibility Workshop

The third quarterly training was held on June 6, 2019. This presentation included an overview of global standards for digital accessibility, the broad and narrow applications of digital accessibility, technology used to address accessibility and accommodations, training and resources available for faculty, staff, and students, and guidance on how to draft a plan for universal institutional accessibility. The training took place at CCSU and was streamed to ECSU, SCSU, WCSU, and UCONN Stamford. Stay tuned for details on the next quarterly training.


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Broadband Tool Kit Workshop

The  second quarterly training took place February 22, 2019.  The "Toward Gigabit Libraries" project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), has created a "Broadband Toolkit" and customized "Broadband Improvement Plan" designed to help public and tribal librarians learn about their current broadband infrastructure and internal information technology (IT) environment. This interactive training took place in at the CT State Library Service Center in Middletown and was steamed live to libraries in Stratford, Old Saybrook, Mansfield, and Litchfield. 

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K-12 Student Data Privacy

The first training, K-12 Student Data Privacy session was held at Central Connecticut State University on November 20th and was streamed live to ESCU, SCSU, WCSU, CEN Hartford, and the Ferguson Library in Stamford to ensure convenience to CEN members from all over the state.  211 CEN members registered for the event, and approximately 190 participated.

Strategic Planning Workshops

Beginning in January 2019, CEN hosted strategic planning workshops at various member locations around the state.

Past Events

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Hartford County

The first CEN Strategic Planning Workshop took place January 22, 2019 from 10:00am- 2:00pm at CEN in Hartford. Each workshop offered CEN members, staff, and other stake holders the opportunity to help analyze and create CEN's: Mission and Purpose, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Strategies for the Future.

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Fairfield County

The second CEN Strategic Planning Workshop took place on January 25, 2019 from 10:00am- 2:00pm in Newtown. Each workshop offered CEN members, staff, and other stake holders the opportunity to help analyze and create CEN's: Mission and Purpose, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats, and Strategies for the Future.

Do you have ideas you would like to see for a professional development session?  Let CEN know at getconnected@cteducation.net

CEN Event Calendar

Visit this Aurora Calendar guide for information about how to add an event to this calendar.