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Programme Description

Focus: Design Thinking Skills, public speaking skills

TIM (Trust and Identity Incubator Mentorship) is a new initiative which brings together ambitious young talents and subject matters experts to pioneer new ideas in the Trust and Identity Incubator[1]. TIM is a collaboration between Future Talent Programme and the GN4.3 WP5 T&I Incubator task. The program aims to deliver max 2 incubation projects per year as well as promote collaboration between NRENs and young talents in the community. TIM runs two times per year (2 cycles of 6 months) and starts in February and in August.

Program outline

  • Young talents nominated by the NREN collaborate in (TIM) teams with a mission to solve a Trust and Identity challenge
  • Competing (TIM) teams conceptualise and prototype their most innovative ideas with ongoing coaching and guidance from T&I experts
  • Two prototypes will be selected for the T&I incubator by an expert panel
  • During a 5-6 months internship one consolidated TIM team collaborate to develop the prototype into a product or service

What’s included

  • Design thinking f2f workshop including travel and accommodation for students and NREN mentor
  • Practical and interactive workshops under the guidance of professional public speaking coach for all students
  • 1:1 coaching on public speaking for finalists
  • Conference travel package for finalists

Requirements student

  • This challenge is open to individual(s) who are registered on any IT & networking (related) course(s) at a university, college or learning provider and must be nominated by the operating NREN/GÉANT Project Partner
  • Participants commit themselves to the full training programme.
  • Participants opt for a 6 months internship in the T&I incubator, via the local NREN
  • Selected participants will sign a volunteer contract in order to present at international conference
  • High English language proficiency is required.
  • All participants are invited to share their experiences on social media.

Requirements NREN

  • NREN can subscribe to max 1 topic on the TIM challenge list
  • NREN is allowed to nominate max 1 student per topic
  • NRENs must commit significant amount of time of the student to the incubator (at minimum 0.8 FTE
  • Time of the young talents may be claimed from the GEANT4-3 T&II project.


FebruaryRegistration deadline 28 Feb 2019
March/Aprile-workshops on proposal writing and public speaking
MarchDeadline submissions for Call for Lightning Talks, 15 March
May1:1 coaching finalists
JuneParticipation in TNC 17-20 June, Tallinn, Estonia

How to Apply (NRENs)

Step 1 Register your candidate online until 28 February, with a brief description of candidate's topic.

Step 2 All accepted candidates will become participants of the Future Talent Programme and will receive training. Your participants takes part in the e-workshops in March and April. Dates and Programme will be confirmed to you and your participant by email.

Step 3 Participants submit their proposal to TNC Programme Committee by 15 March 2019, midnight CET. 

Step 4 Your participants will be notified by the TNC Programme Committee by (TBC) of the acceptance or rejection of the proposal

Step 5 Selected candidates take further training and take centre stage at TNC19

[1]                             The GN4-3 WP5 T2 Trust and Identity Incubator (“T&I Incubator”) aims to develop, foster and mature new ideas in the Trust and Identity space in Research and Education. The incubator will investigate new technologies that currently have no place yet in the services ecosystem of the GEANT project. It will test and experiment with potential new features for existing services. In addition, also business case development for potential new services and developments that would improve data protection and privacy aspects in services or software are in scope

[1]                                These ideas may either be provided by the T&I incubator mentors, or may have been suggested to, and approved by the T&I Incubator. In the latter case, such ideas must be supported by at least two NRENswho also choose to commit staff to work on the idea.

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