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Newly Formed SubOptic Foundation Announces Official Launch at PTC’21

The SubOptic Foundation – a newly-formed charitable organization launched by the SupOptic Association – aims to support a variety of programs designed to promote the sustainability of the fiber optic submarine cable industry and global communications community

The SubOptic Association, the industry-led, International, non-profit association dedicated to promoting the development and sustainability of global fiber-optic subsea cable and connectivity infrastructure, has officially announced today at PTC’21, the launch of the SubOptic Foundation.

What is the SubOptic Foundation?
A charitable organization with legal entities in the USA and UK, focused on supporting education and research initiatives designed to lay the groundwork for a better future for the subsea cable industry and the global communications fabric as a whole. The primary purpose of the Foundation will be to enhance SubOptic’s support of programs focused on education and outreach, with the end goal of increasing awareness, inclusivity and diversity across the industry. It will also take an active role in promoting the industry as an attractive employer and the professional development of those entering the industry as well as drive initiatives contributing to the long-term health and sustainability of the wider submarine cable industry.

“I’m very excited to be part of this great initiative that we hope to develop into a new keystone supporting our industry’s future. We’re also committed to finding new ways to attract and develop diverse talent through the Foundation’s education initiatives,” states Erick Contag, executive chairman of GlobeNet and executive committee President of SubOptic. “The grant Nicole and her team have secured from the Internet Society Foundation provides our Foundation with a great start and set of objectives from which to build upon.”

Watch the Official Launch Video Here:

The Foundation will also continue to co-sponsor and support the Subsea OFC Summer School launched in 2019 in partnership with the Optical Society of America and Google.

The Foundation Board of Trustees includes Contag, Jayne Stowell (Google), Elaine Stafford (DRG Undersea Consulting), Leigh Frame (Xtera) and Ed McCormack (Ciena). A team of preeminent industry veterans has also been recruited as an Advisory Board, to help the Foundation achieve its goals.

Read the full announcement here.


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