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Thank You For Attending QUESTnet 2012

Dear Delegates,

On behalf of the QUESTnet 2012 Conference Organising Committee we would like to thank you for your participation in the QUESTnet 2012 Conference held at the Pullman Reef Hotel, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

More than 400 delegates, sponsors and exhibitors attended the Conference and Exhibition from Australia and internationally.

A special thanks is extended to our keynote and session speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for their invaluable contribution and support over the duration of the Conference.

We trust QUESTnet 2012 provided an exciting, motivating and stimulating program and provided you with the opportunity to network with colleagues.

We hope you enjoyed the QUESTnet 2012 Conference, as well as your time and experiences in Cairns, and we look forward to seeing you at the QUESTnet 2013 Conference on Queensland's Gold Coast!

Welcome to QUESTnet 2012

Members of QUESTnet (Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network) along with its sister organisation the QRNO (Queensland Regional Network Organisation) have long been associated with the development of the Queensland regional education and research network in a strong partnership with AARNet as either AARnet shareholders or customers. The shareholders are the 38 Australian Universities and the CSIRO.

QUESTnet seeks to identify, provide and facilitate the professional and technical development and training required by its members. The QUESTnet conference is an annual event aimed at ICT professionals who work closely with networking and communications technologies. A key focus of the event is to provide an opportunity for delegates to develop their professional and technical knowledge and to gain an appreciation of key strategic issues underpinning the development, deployment and maintenance of local, national and International Information Communications Technologies.

It is with pleasure that James Cook University (JCU) hosts the QUESTnet 2012 Conference in Cairns coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of the JCU Cairns Campus. The QUESTnet 2012 Conference is being held in Cairns in the same week as the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium also hosted by JCU and the internationally recognised ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The conference banner graphic, provided by Bette Willis, a JCU Professor of Marine Biology and Chief Investigator in the Centre of Excellence, is of the annual Mass coral spawning and provides a good analogy for the ubiquitous communication that is required for this event to occur simultaneously along the length (2,300 kms) and breadth (ranging from 24 to 240 kms) of the Great Barrier Reef, an area of 348,700 sq kilometres.

Conference Chair
Kent Adams
Director, Information Technology & Resources
James Cook University

Apart from invoking images of Buzz Lightyear* and his personal communicator, this year's conference theme “To infinity and beyond – Ubiquitous communications” reflects the enormous impact changing communications and unfettered system and data access is having on the way we work, research, study and socialise, both on and off campus. The lines between these pursuits have blurred considerably which brings with it some conundrums for network administrators and policy makers. How does one determine what constitutes work, research, study and social networking and how does this play out on our campuses for our increasingly mobile students, staff, visitors and the communities with whom we interact.

The QUESTnet Conference seeks to bring together a rich mix of vendors, practitioners and students and thus a well informed set of views on how the ever changing and increasingly mobile communications is being, and can be, leveraged for the benefit of our stakeholders. Ubiquitous communications technologies affording the use of voice, data and video communication and collaboration offer challenges and opportunities and the conference presentations will once again highlight the diversity of offerings currently being used in the market and the impending products and technologies that will impact our lives and workplaces over the next 12-18 months.

I know that ubiquitous communications is high on most business agendas. In particular the "Internet of Things" is a term becoming more common as we see increasingly, a range of 'unmanned' devices and appliances becoming interconnected to deliver more valuable information, advice and services and provide improved access to facilities and services. QUESTnet members’ combined efforts to work with AARNet have continued to improve communications and has recently resulted in the commissioning of the 10GB AARNet Sunshine Backbone.  This provides redundant, diverse network paths from Cairns to Brisbane to link to the 40GB AARNet optical network at both The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. JCU itself faces the challenge in 2012 of further integrating the JCU Singapore Campus of which it has recently taken 100% ownership under the Tri City Integration Strategy, embracing teaching and research in the Tropics as elaborated in the JCU Statement of Strategic Intent. Communication and collaboration will be one of the keys to the ongoing success of this venture.

I am sure that you will enjoy this year’s Conference and the exciting prospect of exploring communication issues important to us all, including the areas of social networks, social media and unified communications. QUESTnet has always been about the personal, social and technical networking experience and will once again provide value for Conference presenters and participants as well as for our sponsors, vendors and partners - AARNet, CAUDIT and the QRNO.  Eduroam will be available on site at the conference to keep you connected. Look for the AARNet eduroam booth.
I hope to see you there and BTW, BYOD.
Regards, Kent
* Courtesy of Wikipedia, “Buzz Lightyear's name was inspired by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. [1] Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers; a clip of this can be found on the Toy Story 10th Anniversary DVD. Regarding the design of Lightyear, his creator, John Lasseter, is on record as saying he wanted to create an action figure in the line of GI Joe for Toy Story and decided upon a spaceman figure.[3] He attributes his design to the influence Apollo astronauts, in particular their clear helmets, skullcaps, communication devices and white suits[4].”

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