UPDATE: 2020 ResNet Student Technology Conference

Dear ResNet Community,

The ResNet, Inc. Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the ResNet Student Technology Conference that had been scheduled for June 2020.

As colleges and universities across the continent suspend in-person classes, move to online instruction, and prohibit travel indefinitely in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, we recognize that you may not be permitted to register for the conference or make travel arrangements to California. Our conference relies on our community members for presentations and activities that set our gathering apart from larger events, and without you our conference would not be successful.

We are working with our hosts at the University of California, Santa Cruz on the possibility of having our 2021 conference at their campus. We appreciate all the work they have done to prepare for our arrival, and we hope that we will be able to convene there next year to discuss the latest in student technology support. (By the end of this month we will probably all have presentation-worthy experiences to share!)

We appreciate your understanding, and we wish you the best of luck as you support your students, faculty, and staff during this time. 

Updates about our next conference, upcoming elections for our Board of Directors, and other future plans will be shared with our stc@resnetinc.org list.

Stay healthy, wash your hands often, and I hope to see you in person in June 2021,

Kathy Hausmann
ResNet, Inc.
March 13, 2020


Conference Details

The Student Technology Conference is the only conference of its kind which deals exclusively with student technologies within academic institutions. The conference is always held at a college or university, and most participants choose to stay on campus.

Every summer, the Student Technology Conference brings together administrators, technologists, and specialists who plan, implement, and support these and other student technologies at over 150 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and abroad.

The 2020 Student Technology Conference will be held at the University of California Santa Cruz. UC Santa Cruz is often cited as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The physical setting combines award winning architecture with the natural surroundings of redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean.

The campus is composed of 10 unique colleges, each designed to incorporate the natural surroundings and to facilitate student learning and community. The colleges each have residential space (apartments or residence halls), dining facilities nearby, and meeting space.

Conference Content

Content in recent conferences has focused on collaboration between these living and learning environments, institutional academic offerings, and the future directions of technology and services. Many aspects of such services are addressed through case studies, topic presentations, focus group dialog, birds of a feather discussions, vendor participation, etc.

Participants in the Student Technology Conference come from a variety of academic institutions, each with unique ways of supporting and enabling student technologies on their campuses. These attendees encompass support areas including help desks, instructional technology centers, as well as other student-focused academic technologies. This mix of experience allows attendees to share knowledge through presentations, panel discussions, roundtable conversations, and often simply through the casual and social atmosphere of the conference.

Professional Development

Before the main conference begins, attendees may choose to attend one or more Professional Development Seminars (PDS). PDS sessions are more in-depth, run for either a half- or whole-day, and are led by experts in their field.

Sponsor Fair

The Student Technology Conference contains a Sponsor Fair which offers a unique opportunity for sponsors to showcase the different technologies and services which they can offer to academic institutions.  The Sponsor Fair allows attendees to interact with sponsors on their own terms. Many attendees have brief conversations with each sponsors to establish contacts, while others have in-depth discussions about sponsor products and services.

A concurrent Sponsor Track allows several popular sponsors to give their own presentations on their services and products.



About ResNet

Conceived in 1992, ResNet is an international organization providing a forum for discussion, collaboration, and development for IT professionals in higher education. Students, faculty, staff, and vendors participate in ResNet both through the ResNet Listserv and by attending the annual Student Technology Conference. The ResNet organization is dedicated to the research and advancement of student technologies and services and their use in higher education.


Join Us

Join the online discussions on topics that affect student technology on and beyond college and university campuses!

ResNet-L, our Google Group, is stc@resnetinc.org (in this case, STC stands for Student Technology Collaboration).

To join, visit https://groups.google.com/a/resnetinc.org/forum/#!forum/stc and subscribe to the group.

If you do not have a Google account but wish to join the group, please email loriann.higashi@resnetinc.org and you will be manually subscribed.

Some of the top trending discussions among our group recently have included ticketing systems and asset management, text messaging services, lecture capture systems, wireless connectivity issues with newly-released devices and operating systems, malware protection software, print tracking/accounting systems, addressing compromised e-mail accounts, WiFi-only residence halls, antivirus software, student laptop ownership requirements, and wireless access for guests on campus.

Contact Us


ResNet, Inc.
301 Newbury St. #111
Danvers, MA 01923

Host School

University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95064