SoX 25th Anniversary And Participants Meeting
The Southern Crossroads (SoX) Silver Anniversary celebration was held October 6-7, 2022, in Atlanta, GA. The celebration was combined with the semiannual SoX Participants meeting. For the past 25 years, SoX has been a premier research and education collaborator, serving non-profit education, research, and government entities in the Southeastern United States. It was befitting to have an event to commemorate all of the successes and accomplishments of SoX throughout the years.
The events commenced Thursday afternoon with the SoX Participants meeting, which was held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center (GLC) inside of Technology Square. Nearly 50 attendees from organizations from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia gathered for a robust program of presentations, panel discussions, and demonstrations related to the SoX network, leadership and collaboration, research, and other technical topics. There were also many attendees who participated virtually.
Later, Participants and guests convened at the Georgia Tech Hotel for the formal 25th Anniversary celebration. The evening began with a reception on the terrace of the hotel. Attendees had an opportunity to catch up and reminisce about all of the glorious years of SoX. Afterwards everyone moved inside the hotel and were served a buffet style meal with all of the trimmings. SoX President, Cas D’Angelo welcomed and thanked everyone for taking time out of their schedules to travel to Atlanta and celebrate the SoX organization. He also made a toast to past accomplishments and the bountiful future of SoX.
On Friday morning, attendees gathered back at the GLC for Day II of the SoX Participants meeting. Some of the highlights of the two-day agenda included:
a discussion regarding NSF projects and grants;
a briefing of the Fall Quilt Member Meeting held in September;
SoX network updates and NetFlow statistical reporting;
presentations from the Indiana University Global NOC and OmniSOC;
and a presentation by the GT PACE team.
The fall meeting concluded with a tour of the Coda Data Center.
The two-day event was deemed a success and enjoyed by everyone in attendance.