WiscNet is a membership organization that provides research and education networking services to public and private higher education, K12 school districts, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals throughout Wisconsin. We connect people and strategies to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of educational, research, and community service missions.
Upcoming WiscNet Community Events
WiscNet staff are on the road again at various locations in Wisconsin, connecting people and strategies, and sharing information and details about our newest services, WiscNet Customer Private Network and WiscNet Connect +1. Open to all our members, from K-12 school districts, higher education, libraries, counties and municipalities, hospitals and healthcare, there will be ideas for everyone.
WiscNet is approaching it's third decade of existence. Three decades is also the span of a typical career. Those just starting their careers at the dawn of the modern Internet are now approaching retirement. Those just starting their careers today never knew a world without the Internet. How do we pass along what got us to this point to the next generation (and the next next generation) of leaders that will make WiscNet successful in the future? Who are they? What are their struggles? How can WiscNet help? Help not only in solving their problems, but help in developing them as leaders? WiscNet's Next Generation Leadership advisory is a place for WiscNet members to gather, teach, and learn about the big issues facing us today.
With approximately 30 established CANs state-wide and more communities interested in the CAN concept, WiscNet's CAN Advisory to the Membership addresses some of the many questions, challenges, and opportunities CANs deliberate. Focused on three CAN concepts—Membership, Governance, and Sustainability—the advisory continues to address the what, when, why, and how around these CAN concepts for both new and established CANs and brings their expertise back to the WiscNet membership. Contact Jill Hietpas (608-210-3956) or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in this advisory group.
Mark your calendar and give a “shout out” to your local leaders—city and county officials, school district administrators, board members, legislators, hospital administrators, etc.—to do the same. WiscNet is hosting its second Smart(er) Communities Event to learn how community anchor institutions (schools, libraries, cities, counties, libraries, healthcare, and non-profit agencies) can use the framework of a Community Area Network (CAN) to build a consortium that focuses on the social, economic, and technological values of their constituents. Smart(er) communities, rural and urban, collaborate and use collective resources to create a place for people of all ages to live, work, and thrive in 21st-century environments that require robust data and broadband connections. Topics such as “Smart” communities, collaborative leadership, growing rural/urban economies, making the most of limited budgets, and accelerating the implementation of new digital solutions will be a focus of this forum. Listen, learn and share during this one-day event to connect agency and state-wide leaders and make a difference for your community today and in the future.
WiscNet User Groups for Advanced Networking is a spin-off concept from topics over the last two years in the WiscNet Advisories to the Membership. Come connect with other WiscNet members to share ideas, stories, strategies, questions, and concerns.