APRICOT 2020 starts today!

By on 18 Feb 2020

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G’day! Welcome to APRICOT 2020, held in Australia’s most liveable city, Melbourne.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of APRICOT, and with another jam-packed technical program there will be plenty on offer for all those attending as well as for remote participants.

Sincerest thanks go to the host, Internet Association of Australia (IAA), and the sponsors for their support of APRICOT 2020.

APRICOT 2020 highlights

Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony and Plenary with keynote speakers: ICANN CTO, David Conrad, who will be looking back over the last 25 years since APRICOT was founded, and looking forward to the next 25 years; and Prof. Mark A Gregory from RMIT University’s School of Engineering, who’ll provide an engineering and economic comparison and contrast of FTTH/FTTP deployments across the Asia Pacific.

As always, there’s plenty of technical content in the program, including the regular Asia Pacific Operators Forum (APOPS) tracks, sessions on peering, data centre networking, and IPv6.

Security will also again be a key theme with several sessions looking at BGP and Routing Operations, MANRS, and the increasingly popular RPKI, the new RPKI SIG. Also, the FIRST TC track will have a host of international security professionals sharing their recent threat response experiences.

For those who want to deep dive, there will be many tutorials on offer to extend your knowledge on everything from the use of artificial intelligence in data centres to transitioning broadband and cellular network to IPv6-only.

For early-career attendees, and those interested in the growing need to nurture the next generation of network operators, make sure you get along to the APNIC NextGen Careers BoF, to have your questions answered about how to further your career.

Finally, it will be worth sticking around for or tuning in to the Closing Plenary headlined by Prof. Hanna Suominen from ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, who will be discussing the need for safeguarding information associated with Machine Intelligence.

Participate remotely

Remember, if you can’t attend in person, you can participate remotely using the webcast options. Check out the sessions being broadcast.


Three proposals are up for discussion at the APNIC 49 Policy SIG:

Have your say about the proposals by subscribing to the mailing list, or participating in person or remotely during the Policy SIG.

Friday, 21 February 2020 is the day of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), where APNIC Members can learn more about APNIC’s operational and financial performance. The APNIC Executive Council election will also be held on Friday, with on-site voting taking place from 09:30 to 14:30 (UTC +11). The successful candidates for the three positions open for election will be announced during the last session of the AGM. See the list of nominees.

Connect and share

If you have any issues or queries, please visit the APNIC Lounge or keep an eye out for APNIC staff, who will be wearing bright stickers on their registration badges and will be happy to help.

Finally be sure to join the conversation and share your thoughts, pics, and selfies using the #apricot2020 hashtag.

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