The Incubator Bootcamp brings together a cohort of gateway creators to work together on developing sustainable plans for their gateways.

Want to learn gateway-building, from start to finish?

Our Incubator-organized Bootcamp is a week-long, intensive workshop for leaders of gateways who want to further develop and scale their work. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities.

Participants will learn

  • Core business strategy skills as they apply to leading an online digital presence, such as understanding stakeholder and user needs; business, operations, finance, and resource planning; and project management;

  • Technology best practices, including the principles of cybersecurity; software architecture, development practices, and tools that ensure implementation of strong software engineering methods; usability do’s and don’ts; and

  • Long-term sustainability strategies, such as alternative funding models; case studies of successful gateway efforts; licensing choices and their impact on sustainability; planning for and measuring your impact.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed a "pitch deck" of their sustainability strategy and identified the key action steps to get there. Participants will also build relationships with other participants engaged in creating gateways and learn about the in-depth consultations they might seek from the SGCI.

Teams of project leaders are strongly encouraged to apply. Teams should include both the project “owner” and the tech lead. The person attending as the “owner” may be the project’s Principal Investigator, or the business owner or entrepreneurial lead. If there is a third person you would like to include, please include this in your application. Only one application is needed per team.

Bootcamp sessions are offered twice a year. For each session, we will select 6–10 teams to participate, based on their potential to deliver significant value to the community. Teams with projects that have already launched and have active users are preferred, but early-stage initiatives will also be considered. We can only accept a limited number of teams for this Bootcamp, and sessions do fill quickly. 

There is no cost to participate in the workshop. Breakfast, lunch, and two dinners will be provided. Attendees will need to pay for travel, hotel, and remaining dinners. Upon admission to the program, participants will receive information concerning travel and hotel options.

The next Bootcamp will be offered in Spring of 2018. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on upcoming Bootcamps and other opportunities offered by SGCI.


"We came in with some general notions of what we needed to do to scale and sustain our projects, but we are leaving with a much more concrete picture of the components we will need to work on and what our next steps should be."

Kristin Jenkins, Ph.D.
Director, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

QUBES gateway
Participant in the first Bootcamp


Meet the Instructors:


Michael Zentner, Ph.D., MBA

Michael is Director of the SGCI Incubator, Senior Research Scientist and Director of HUBzero Platform for Science and Engineering, and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Purdue Foundry. Michael has been a technology company founder or senior team member for 18 years, has worked extensively to apply research in industry, and currently oversees the development and deployment of the HUBzero science gateway platform, a self-sustaining business unit at Purdue University. Michael is also co-PI on the project, a science gateway serving millions of visitors annually, at Purdue where he leads the impact analytics effort.

Juliana Casavan


Juliana is the Entrepreneurial Programs Manager at The Foundry at Purdue University. Juliana provides educational and workshop opportunities for clients of The Purdue Foundry, a nationally recognized leader in translation of research to market, with the primary workshop called LaunchBox. She has been providing the LaunchBox program to faculty, staff, students and community members for over 4 years.


Sandra Gesing, Ph.D.


Sandra is research assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and computational scientist at the Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame. Sandra’s research focuses on science gateways, workflows, and distributed computing and she has organized and chaired dozens of international workshops and conferences. Additionally, she has perennial experience as project manager and system developer in industry and is the founder of a start-up company.


Randy Heiland, MS, MA


Randy is a Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) at Indiana University, Bloomington. A computer scientist and applied mathematician who has worked in industry, government labs, and academia, Randy joined CACR in 2013 and contributes to the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ( which partners with SGCI. He has also contributed to science gateways as a software developer.


Nancy Maron, MA



Nancy is founder and principal of BlueSky to BluePrint, a strategic research and consulting organization. She is the author of several research reports and guides on business strategy and sustainability including A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources (2014), Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase (June 2014) and many case studies of sustainable initiatives. She created and regularly leads workshops in sustainability and business strategy, including the Sustaining Digital Resources course.

Suresh Marru, MS


Suresh is Deputy Director of the Science Gateway Research Center at Indiana University and vice-president of the Apache Airavata project. Suresh is an avid advocate of applying meritocratic governance principles to open source communities and is a nominated Member of the Apache Software Foundation. His research interest is to advance the deep and wide boundaries of computational and data sciences empowered by Science Gateways.

Nayiri Mullinix, MA



Nayiri is the Community Engagement and Exchange Coordinator for the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). Based at the University of Michigan, Nayiri oversees community engagement for SGCI, which includes organizing a variety of opportunities for exchange and providing diverse resources and professional development opportunities.


Paul Parsons, Ph.D.


Paul is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. Dr. Parsons’ research is in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI) with a focus on interaction design, visualization, and cognition. He is interested in designing interactive systems that are useful, effective, and usable. He teaches several classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the User Experience (UX) Design program at Purdue University.



Read the blog post about our inaugural Bootcamp that took place April 2017.

Read the blog post about the second Bootcamp that took place October 2017.


"The Bootcamp fundamentally altered, in a constructive way, my view towards developing and implementing the projects on which I work."

Chris Lenhardt
Domain Scientist for Environmental Data Science & Systems, RENCI Data Observatory
Risk Analytics Discovery Environment (RADE) gateway
Participant in the first Bootcamp


"The organizers walked us through a step-by-step process of crafting a sustainability strategy so that by the end we left with a rough early draft that we can build on."

Greg Tucker, Ph.D.
Professor of Geological Studies, University of Colorado Boulder & Fellow of CIRES
The Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System gateway

Participant in the first Bootcamp


"I've gained a flexible toolkit for sustainability planning. I now know the kinds of questions I should be asking and have a structure for refining my thinking on sustainability. The Bootcamp was intense, but fun as well." 

Catrina Adams, Ph.D.
Director of Education, Botanical Society of America
PlantingScience gateway
Participant in the first Bootcamp


"The Science Gateways Bootcamp is useful to people involved at any stage of their science gateway project, and in any role. Their experts have you consider all aspects of sustainability, from understanding your unique value proposition and audience, through to best practices and standards in software development. They cultivate a lively, active, hands-on environment. A great experience overall."

Steve Androulakis
Manager, Community Platforms,,,
Observer of the first Bootcamp