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The CEN Engagement and Development Advisory Council invites you to showcase your expert understanding, experience, and best practice with the CEN community! Chosen speakers receive free admission to the CEN Member Conference.

Conference session submissions may fall under one of the four tracks:

Innovation in Education

This track highlights sessions that will focus on the integration of technology tools into schools, classrooms, libraries and other organizations to advance learning. 

Topics may include:

  • Professional development
  • K-12 teaching and learning
  • Higher Ed teaching and learning
  • Organizational partnerships (libraries, cities, schools) 
  • Student/constituent engagement tools
  • Assistive technologies 
  • VR/AR
  • Artificial intelligence


This track highlights the growing technical challenges of securing our member organizations' devices and data in our institutions' daily work as well as present examples of policy approaches and accomplishments. 

Topics may include:

  • Policy development and governance models
  • Identity and access management policies
  • Compliance issues
  • Policies on cloud services and social media
  • E-commerce challenges such as PCI compliance and mobile merchant accounts
  • Information security awareness, education, and communication
  • Security audits, penetration testing, and intrusion detection and prevention
  • End-point security/remediation strategies
  • Data encryption tools
  • Malware, ransomware, phishing protection and prevention
  • Incident response/computer forensics
  • Data security compliance monitoring
  • Risk assessment and mitigation

Advanced Networking

This track addresses any aspect of networking technologies. Submissions in this track will be tailored toward a technical attendee base and will include a deeper dive into the topic.

Topics may include:

  • Wireless technologies and 5G
  • Alerting and monitoring
  • Internet2
  • IPV6
  • Cloud implementations - IaaS 
  • Research support
  • Network analytics and telemetry
  • CEN infrastructure upgrades
  • Routing and segmentation strategies
  • Automation and integration
  • E-Sports / Gaming Centers

Community Best Practices

This track includes sessions that will focus on systems and solutions that seek to address issues in any of the vertical groups served by CEN: K-12 schools, libraries, municipalities, and higher ed. This track encourages discussions of emerging technologies, evolving trends, and how use of CEN has made innovative problem solutions possible.

Topics may include:

  • Business process solutions
  • Cloud technologies - SaaS, PaaS, etc.
  • IT Service Management
  • Sustainable IT practices
  • Service and support 
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity  
  • Municipal networks  
  • Community Area Networks (CAN)
  • Public Safety applications