Future Internet Assembly becomes Net Futures

Announcement of the Net Futures conference at the closing plenary at FIA 2014 in Athens

Announcement of the Net Futures conference at the closing plenary at FIA 2014 in Athens

At the closing plenary of the Future Internet Assembly 2014 that took place from 17-20 March 2014 in Athens, Greece, the European Commission announced that from 2015 the Future Internet Assembly will be drastically re-designed and re-structured to better accommodate the objectives of the new framework program Horizon 2020. The new conference will be called Net Futures Conference.

With almost 800 registered participants the FIA Athens was one of the most successful Assemblies, supported by an excellent local organisation that was managed by the Greek National and Education Network (NREN) GRNET.

The event featured 13 pre-FIA workshops, 9 working sessions, 3 plenary sessions, and 4 other events and closed meetings. At the exhibition space, Future Internet projects demonstrated their latest results and solutions at 48 booths and 45 poster sessions.

Stefan Covaci (left) and Anastasius Gavras (right) with Thibaut Kliener (middle)

Stefan Covaci (left) and Anastasius Gavras (right) with Thibaut Kliener (middle) at the exhibition

The highlights of the event certainly include the welcome address by vice president of the European Commission, Ms. Neelie Kroes, and Deputy Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology Mr. Zoran Stančič. Both expressed their appreciation for the excellent organisation the high quality of the event as well as the impressive exhibition of tangible results. Further welcome speakers included Secretary General of Research and Technology, Dr. Ch. Vasilakos, the Chairman of GRNET Prof. P. Tsanakas and Secretary General of Telecommunications & Post, Mr. M. Daskalakis.

For the first time in history the organisers presented at the closing plenary network statistics which showed that basically all participants were connected. The statistics exhibited an important key indicator for the uptake of IPv6. The number of allocated IPv6 addresses was almost equal to the number of allocated IPv4 addresses. About 25% of the participants used the eduroam services, which illustrates the high success of this very important service provided by the NRENs and GÉANT for the research and education community.

The event was also streamed to the Internet and accumulated 27 hours of live steaming via 3 channels, serving hundreds of viewers worldwide.

The organisers kindly ask all the participants to fill-in the post event survey.

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