RALEIGH, N.C. – MCNC will host NCREN Community Day 2014 on Nov. 5-6 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State University.

This year’s theme “The Next 30” will highlight three decades of networking success and look ahead to next 30 years of broadband connectivity in North Carolina.

MCNC is a technology non-profit based in Research Triangle Park that builds, owns and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).

North Carolina has continuously set the pace for national research and education networking by leveraging NCREN, enabling true high-performance broadband connectivity for community anchor institutions in K-20 public and private education, non-profit health care, government and public safety, and many state and private research institutions.

MCNC annually recognizes and celebrates the progress and achievements from all over the NCREN user community with this event. It also is a special one for MCNC this year as they celebrate 30 years of NCREN connectivity and look ahead to a future of ubiquitous broadband for North Carolina citizens.

Todd Broucksou, senior director of NCREN Community Support at MCNC, noted that NCREN is one of the country’s oldest and most enduring broadband networks, and it has changed the way we work and live in North Carolina by providing the foundation to accelerate innovation and economic development.

“This year’s theme entices us to begin planning our future network, bandwidth, video and beyond the horizons for the entire community,” said Broucksou. “While keeping many traditions, this year’s program will be designed to encourage active participation as well as offer a few surprises.”

Event highlights will include two pre-conference workshops on CyberSecurity Threats & Defenses and Encouraging and Promoting Excellence. General session topics will include the impacts of broadband on health care, advanced technology for supporting live music performances over the Internet, how residential broadband will continue to shape our communities, and finally a panel discussion featuring several national leaders in networking. View the full program agenda.

More than 200 top government, education and technology leaders in North Carolina and throughout the country are expected to attend. MCNC also will recognize individuals for distinguished service and commitment to NCREN, which includes a Community Choice Award based participants’ votes.

Event sponsors include: (Zettabyte Sponsor) Cisco Systems; (Gigabyte Sponsors) AT&T and Dell (Megabyte Sponsors) CenturyLink Business Solutions, Conterra Broadband Services, NWN Corporation and SunTrust Bank; (Door Prizes) BalsamWest, ECC Technologies, Financial Directions, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, K&L Gates, Progressive Benefit Solutions, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, the Raleigh Convention Center, and Wells Fargo Insurance.

The two-day event will be held at the Institute for Emerging Issues and the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.