If we had to choose music to accompany all our activities at APRICOT 2017 it would surely be Chopin’s Minute Waltz (Op 64, No 1)! No, we did not manage to fit 138 bars of music into 60 seconds but the tempo was very lively with frequent crescendos and diminuendos and a lengthy trill. Call it efficiency, but we all managed to share and exchange a lot of information working within the new shortened APRICOT 2017/APNIC 43 programme.
Employing good strategic planning, the ISOC Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau’s activities preceded our arrival into Saigon (the former name for Ho Chi Minh City). We had sponsored nine ISOC Technical Fellows to attend the workshop week in-line with our mission to support capacity building in developing countries. The workshop week allowed network engineers not only to keep up-to-date with current and emerging trends in network operations (including network management and security), but gave them the opportunity to exchange knowledge with their peers from the region, and to take and make use of the learnings back home.
This year the Internet Society sponsored a total of 12 fellows to APRICOT 2017. The fellows were split between the technical workshops and the conference week, depending on their areas of interest.
We are also happy to note that 70% of these fellows were females - coming from Vanuatu, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh and, Bhutan. Encouraging and facilitating the participation of female fellows at such technical events is one way in which we are trying to help bridge the gender gap in the technology sector.
The Internet Society had a sizeable presence overall at APRICOT 2017, with staff from various teams including the Regional Bureau, Internet Technology and Partnership Development. This included Aftab Siddiqui, Amelia Yeo, Andrei Robachevsky, Howie Baggott, Jan Zorz, Kevin Meynell, Rajnesh Singh and Raul Echeberria.
The Team took on a wide variety of roles at APRICOT 2017/APNIC 43 and other co-located events. These included:
1. Chairing (Raj) and Speaking (Amelia) in the AP *meeting
2. Speaking in the APNIC Cooperation SIG on Connecting the Next Billion (Raul)
3. Facilitating the BOF on Best Current Operational Practices (Jan and Aftab)
4. Moderating the APNIC Panel on Forces Shaping the Network (Raul)
5. Speaking in the DNS/DNSSEC session on DNSSEC/DANE/TLS Testing in Go6Lab (Jan)
6. Moderating (Raj) and speaking (Raul) at the BOF on Community Wireless Networks
7. Speaking in the APNIC Panel on Navigating the IPv4 Transfer Market (Aftab)
8. Speaking in the APNIC Global Reports on ISOC Updates (Raj
9. Speaking in the Network Security session on two years of good MANRS (Andrei)
10. Organising/Speaking the ISOC@APRICOT session (Amelia, Raul, Aftab, Raj and Gihan Dias from the ISOC Board of Trustees)
11. Speaking at APTLD71 on ISOC updates (Raul)
12.Speaking in the IPv6 session on Deployment on NAT64/DNS64 experiments, warnings and one useful tool (Jan)
13. Serving as the Election Chair of the 2017 APNIC Executive Council Election (Jan)
Of note are some of Jan’s technical presentations which are hyperlinked here and include DNS/DNSSEC, NAT64 and IPv6. Jan was so inspired that he had specially tailored his presentations for Vietnam (including being dressed for the occasion in Asian attire!).
In addition, we took the opportunity to engage with stakeholders present at APRICOT 2017 and had a number of bilaterals and side meetings. This included government representatives, network operators, vendors, academia, and Internet Hall of Fame inductees (Geoff Huston, Gihan Dias, Kanchana Kanchanasut, Randy Bush, Steve Huter).
In a nod to fostering the next generation of Internet leaders, we had Md. Abdul Awal from our Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter chair the ISOC@APRICOT meeting. He did a good job, and we look forward to seeing more of our younger members taking the lead in future meetings.
All in all, the ISOC Team had great visibility and impact during APRICOT 2017 and there are a number of outcomes and collaboration opportunities that we will be following up on in the coming weeks and months
APRICOT 2018 will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from February 19th to March 1st.