Purdue researchers invited to attend NSF-sponsored Science Gateways Bootcamp
May 14 – 18, 2018
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Purdue researchers are invited to attend the third Science Gateways Bootcamp, aimed at participants looking to learn business development, user experience design, cybersecurity best practices, and more for creating a successful, sustainable gateway website like Purdue-based nanoHUB. The bootcamp runs from May 14-18 at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in Austin, Texas.
The bootcamp is sponsored by the National Science Foundation-funded Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), in which Purdue is a partner. Leaders of research and entrepreneurial teams who want to further develop and scale their gateway should plan to attend along with their technical leads. Applications are being accepted until March 30 here.
Only one application is needed per team. Teams with gateways already launched and with active users are preferred, but initiatives in earlier stages will also be considered. There is no cost to register for the event. Breakfast, lunch and some dinners will be provided. Attendees pay for travel and lodging. See this FAQ site for more information.
The goal of the Science Gateways Bootcamps is not so much teaching technology, but rather to teach thinking like a business, says Michael Zentner, director of SGCI’s Incubator team, which runs the bootcamps, and director of HUBzero, a Purdue-developed cyberinfrastructure that can be used to build science gateways. Participants learn the kind of core business strategy skills, technology best practices and long-term sustainability strategies that have made nanoHUB, among others, internationally successful, says Zentner. Besides Zentner, Juliana Casavan, entrepreneurial programs manager at the Purdue Foundry, and Paul Parsons, assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Computer Graphics Technology, also are among the instructors for the Science Gateways Bootcamp.
The bootcamp includes hands-on activities to help attendees articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations and sustainability plan. Workshop participants also work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people engaged in similar activities, and potential collaborators.