Internet2 Technology Exchange 2023 + West Arete


West Arete is a benefit corporation that builds highly specialized enterprise software for higher education.

As an InCommon Catalyst and active contributor within the community, TechEX is one of our favorite conferences. We are honored that we get the opportunity to attend this year to catch up with peers in research and education; meet new friends in trust and identity; and gain valuable insights from the stellar track sessions. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, speakers, hotel staff, and everyone else who make this event special for all.

Featured Session

Track: CT (Cloud Technology)


  • Keith Wessel, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Rob Carter, Duke University
  • Netta Caligari, West Arete
  • Scott Woods, West Arete


Many of our universities already have climate commitments, centers for sustainability, and large infrastructure projects that include plans to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. It’s easy to feel like our individual role is too small to make a difference.

However, as stewards of cloud and on-premises infrastructures, your everyday choices have a direct impact on environmental sustainability. During this talk, we’ll provide some key principles to guide your decision-making process, guided by real-world examples that serve as inspiration for how you can make a difference.

Join us to learn about the small changes you can make that can have big positive environmental changes. Not only can they be good for the environment, they can be really good for your career, too. Despite the somewhat limited information on how academic institutions are grappling with these challenges, we hope that you can take some of the lessons from this talk, apply them to your day-to-day decisions, and make choices that are simultaneously good for your institution and the environment.

Tech Sustainability Survey

Sustainability Resources

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System

(STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

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AWS Sustainability

AWS provides knowledge and tools for organizations of all sizes and across all sectors to build and implement solutions that meet their sustainability goals.

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Google Cloud

Helping customers reduce carbon emissions and increase climate resilience.

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Microsoft Azure Sustainability

Azure sustainability starts at the datacenter and extends to AI-driven products and local projects.

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West Arete is not affiliated with or endorsed by STARS, AWS, Google or Microsoft.
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Here are some other ways we are participating during TechEX:

InCommon Catalyst Partner Exploration

Tuesday 4:00-4:50 PM
Director of Outreach, Natalie Simonson, will present as part of the InCommon Catalyst group to share a bit about who they are and the value they provide to higher ed and the open-source community.

Catalyst Info

Advance CAMP

Thursday 8:00-8:50 AM
ACAMP is an “unconference'', where the research and education community develops an agenda around current topics and trends impacting their day-to-day work. You can review the notes from each session on InCommon’s wiki page.

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IAM-HER Breakfast
(Women in IAM-Hi Ed & Research)

Wednesday 7:00–8:30 AM
Track: N/A (open event)
Abstract: Come join us for an in person IAM-HER meeting, all are welcome! IAM-HER is a community of women and their allies who work in Identity and Access Management in Higher Education and Research.

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West Arete Conference Attendees

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​​Natalie Simonson

Director of Outreach

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Netta Caligari

Community Lead

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Jen Donahue

Project Facilitator

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We’d love to connect with you

Availability Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning

During our stay in Minneapolis we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. If you're interested in arranging a meeting, please don't hesitate to contact us beforehand. Alternatively, we would be pleased to meet you in person if our paths cross during the conference.

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Interested in elevating the way that the information at your institution can serve your people and your mission? Contact us to explore how West Arete’s solutions can help.