I-Light steals the show with Worldview demos at Wabash College Tech Fair

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On March 18, the I-Light team hit the road to attend the second annual Wabash College Technology Fair.

“What a great opportunity to meet students, demonstrate how we connect to the Indiana GigaPoP and Internet2, and introduce I-Light,” said Caroline Weilhamer, I-Light member services manager.

Wabash is an all-male liberal arts college located an hour northwest of Indianapolis. Nearly 100 students came out to learn about local tech resources, campus services, and vendor partners like I-Light.

“The Tech Fair helps the Wabash College community understand the technology available on campus, and it also lets our vendors learn more about our needs and experiences with their products,” noted Brad Weaver, Wabash College director of IT services.

From free Crawfordsville tech recycling to a new online class registration service, the Tech Fair offered a look at many resources. But when the I-Light team began to demonstrate the wonders of Worldview, they stole the show.

“Worldview was a huge hit,” said Lesley Seitz, I-Light provisioning coordinator. “We were able to show live network utilization and speak with vendors, IT staff, and Wabash students interested in network engineering.”

Worldview’s award-winning interactive, 3-D system employs global positioning systems and software developed at IU. Its intuitive, tactile interface helps users visualize multiple layers of real-time network data – and better grasp the variables affecting large-scale computer networks.

“Students particularly liked exploring Worldview,” agreed Weaver. “It added a ‘high tech’ flair to the event, and helped everyone see the complexity of providing network service. It was definitely the highlight of the event.”

Though Worldview wowed attendees and highlighted the work of the GlobalNOC, the front row view of Indiana’s high-speed fiber optic network was its primary benefit.

“Many at Wabash College assume being located in a small town in west-central Indiana places us at a technological disadvantage compared to larger cities or other parts of the country,” commented Weaver. “Being able to show the resources and expertise behind the I-Light name was a huge win for us.”

The fruitful partnership between I-Light and Wabash College will definitely continue. “Lesley and Caroline provided links to opportunities at IU, and student feedback was very positive—we will definitely invite them back next year.”