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ICA CON 2016
ICA CON 2016, the 4th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference, will provide an exciting opportunity for educators and researchers to share ideas and experiences in cloud computing. The conference is open to both K-12 and higher education institutions already implementing cloud technologies and services, or considering doing so.

The program will be derived from the refereed review of proposals, presently envisioned to include invited keynotes, technical papers, position papers, workshops and a technology showcase. The technical papers portion of the conference program will feature experience reports and original research papers. The technology showcase will feature poster presentations and demonstrations on cloud computing research or implementations in progress. Selected papers from conference proceedings will be published as a special edition of the International Journal of Cloud Computing (IJCC).

Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta and the fifth largest city in Canada. Known as the "Gateway to the North", it is the northernmost North American city with a metropolitan population of over one million. It is also a cultural, governmental and educational center, hosting numerous festivals year-round, contributing to its nickname "Canada's Festival City". Edmonton has the highest amount of parkland per capita of any Canadian city, along with numerous museums - and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in Canada. The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, and one among the top 100 in the world, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.75 billion and attracts more than $460 million in sponsored research revenue. The University of Alberta is a major economic driver in Alberta, representing 5% of the province's gross domestic product (with the province representing one of the strongest economies in the world).

We are therefore excited that The University of Alberta will be hosting this 4th International IBM Cloud Academy Conference in 2016. ICA CON 2016 will be an excellent venue for presenting original work, exchanging new ideas, embracing cloud technologies, sharing results and experiences, and networking with other leading institutions globally who are also already implementing cloud solutions.

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