History of Community Day

Since 1984, when a microwave network and a few modems were state of the art, forward-looking leaders in the state saw the value of connecting education institutions and researchers to each other and to the beginning of this thing called the Internet.

Looking Back at Past
Community Day Programs

Community Day 2011
Community Day 2010
Community Celebration 2009

Fast-forward 27 years, and high-bandwidth connectivity is increasingly ubiquitous. And since 2009, thanks to a governor and General Assembly with great vision, NCREN now brings the great minds of North Carolina’s nearly 3 million students, instructors, researchers, and administrators across K-20 education to the world -- and the world to 3 million North Carolinians.

MCNC has hosted NCREN Community Day since the late 1990s. It is an ideal setting for users and constituents to hear from leaders in the community and to share applications, best practices, successes, and ideas experienced by peers through the use of NCREN and its related services. Each year is just as exciting as the last, and each year we continue to attract first time attendees.

Since 2009, our venues have changed to accommodate a larger audience. The 2009 event recognized twenty-five years of NCREN service to the community. The NCREN Community Celebration, in honor of the silver anniversary, was hosted by SAS Institute, Inc., in Cary, NC. The move from MCNC’s campus was well received and set a trend for future events.

Community Day 2012

After aligning with the Internet2 Fall 2011 Member Meeting in Raleigh, NC last year, we return to an uncombined event and for the very first time will hold Community Day outside of the Triangle. Join us at Elon University, Elon, N.C. to experience an exciting array of speakers and to network with colleagues from across the state and beyond our borders.

Visit and browse our Community Day 2012 website for updates and new program information as we approach this exciting speakers, panels, and networking.

We look forward to your participation. If you have not received an email invitation from MCNC to participate in this annual event, please notify darleene at mcnc.org to be added to the mailing list.