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Generic Call for Speakers, Instructors for Apricot 2002

  • From: Philip Smith
  • Date: Fri Dec 21 18:51:52 2001

Forwarded for your information. APRICOT is the Asia Pacific region's annual Internet Operations and Technology conference, similar in format and concept to the NANOG conferences we know and love. If you are interested in contributing in any way, please read on...




Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies
Bangkok, Thailand

The APRICOT 2002 Program Committee is now preparing a schedule and
materials for the conference, and is seeking contributors to the

You can register your interest at if you would like to:

�       Offer a technical tutorial on an appropriate topic; and/or
�       Be an instructor at the pre-conference workships; and/or
�       Participate in the technical conference sessions as
        a speaker or chair; and/or
�       Convene and chair a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session.

The theme of APRICOT 2002 is Creating the Next Internet Wave. The
program committee is therefore seeking material consistent with the
theme of the growth and scaling of Internet infrastructure and
services in profitable ways.

2 January 2002: All Proposed Session Presentations and Tutorials Submitted
10 January 2002: Presentations and Tutorials Selected and Announced

27 February to 3 March 2002: Pre-conference Workshops
3 March to 4 March 2002: Tutorials
5 March to 6 March 2002: Conference
7 March 2002: APNIC Meeting

Tutorial and Technical Conference Session topics that have been
successful in the past, or which have been requested for this year,

�       IPv6 Introduction and Deployment
�       IPv4 Address Planning, Conservation, Responsibility and
        Migration to IPv6
�       Network Planning Tools, Techniques and Experiences
�       Service and Server Scaling
�       Broadband First/Last Mile Access Technologies
        (Cable, Wireless, Fiber, Copper)
�       Mobile and Wireless Technologies
�       Internet Exchanges, Peering and Collocation
�       Open Source Software and ISP infrastructure
�       Redundancy and Reliability Issues and Techniques
�       New Pan Asian Backbones
�       Experiences and Issues in deploying Internet in Emerging Countries
�       Content Delivery Networks, Streaming and Multimedia Infrastructure
�       Introduction and Advanced Network Management and ISP
        System Administration
�       Hot Topics in Future Networks, Multi Protocol Label Switching
        (MPLS), Quality of Service, and Voice over IP
�       Traffic Engineering with Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
�       High Speed Networking Technology: ATM, Gigabit Ethernet,
        Switch Routers and Optical Dense Wave Division Multiplexing(DWDM)
�       High Performance IP Backbone Routing and management,
        Routing Policy and RPSL
�       Voice over IP Standards, Efforts and Impacts on ISPs
�       Computer Telephony Integration and Voice over IP for ISPs
�       Network Security, Encryption, Firewalls and VPNs for ISPs
�       BIND, DNSSEC, IPv6 DNS, Reverse and Multilingual DNS
�       Unified Messaging, Scaling E-mail infrastructure and SPAM control
�       Operations, NOC, Helpdesk and other support aspects
        of ISPs in multi-lingual environments
�       Supporting E-Commerce and ASPs
�       Training the Trainers Workshops / Educators Track

The program committee will consider proposals in any of these areas,
and also in new areas. If you have an idea for a tutorial or session
subject that is not listed, please feel free to submit it to us.

When considering a subject, remember that the APRICOT audience is
mainly comprised of technical network operators and engineers with a
wide range of experience levels from beginners to multi-year
experience. There is a strong orientation to offer core skills and
basic knowledge in the tutorials and to address issues relevant to the
day-to-day operations of ISPs over the next 12 - 18 months in the
conference sessions.

APRICOT is a TECHNICAL conference and marketing and commercial content
is not allowed within the program. The program committee is charged
with maintaining the technical standard of APRICOT, and will therefore
not accept inappropriate materials. It is expected that the presenter
be a technical person and not a sales or marketing person. The
audience is extremely technical and expects that the speakers are
themselves very knowledgeable. All sessions provide time for
questions, so presenters should expect technical questions, and be
prepared to deliver insightful and technically deep responses.

The APRICOT Technical Conference Schedule is made up of 1.5 hour
conference sessions, each including up to 3 speakers (therefore
allowing 20-30 minutes per speaker). Sessions are chaired by persons
of appropriate expertise in the subject matter of the session, and
will include ample time for questions from the audience. If you would
like to give a presentation or chair one of the sessions, follow the
instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or

Tutorials are full-day workshops which focus on a particular subject
in-depth. They may be presented by a single Instructor, or a team of
instructors working together.  Tutorial Instructors are encouraged to
also sign up to be a Conference Session Chair and/or Speaker as
well. You can sign up to give a tutorial, conference session
presentation and/or be a Session Chair by following the instructions
at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or instructor.

APRICOT 2002 will be offering a pre-conference 4 day set of hands on
workshops for folks in developing nations or startup environments who
need to get up to speed on Internet infrastructure best practices. The
workshops will start on Wednesday 27th February at 9am and finish on
Saturday 2nd March at 6pm.

The workshops will last for 4 days, and all attendees are required to
pre-register and attend from the beginning of the workshops. Topics
already proposed include DNS, IP Routing, BGP Multihoming, and ISP
Security. We would welcome any other contributions, for example ISP
Network Management, Deploying IPv6, Internet Policies, MPLS, etc...

The idea of the workshops is to continue the excellent work done by
the ISOC in their past Network Training Workshop series. The workshops
aim to teach attendees from developing countries some of the skills
which are in common use throughout the developed Internet.

Anyone who is interested in proposing a workshop session, offering
material which can be used for the workshops, or assisting with
presenting any workshops should contact Philip Smith [email protected] or
Bill Manning [email protected] or following the
instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or

Since APRICOT is a not-for-profit event that tries to keep the cost to
attendees low, we do not have too much money to pay the costs of
speakers. If you belong to a company or organization that can cover
you travel expenses, that is a big help. For those of you who do not
belong to such an organization, Apricot will cover 4 days of hotel
accommodation for Tutorial Instructors from Overseas. Apricot can also
consider covering economy class airfare up to US$1500 on a case by
case basis.

Local Tutorial Instructors can receive a US$500 honorarium but no
Hotel accommodations. It is ok to split the work of a full day
tutorial between several instructors, but APRICOT may only be able to
cover the hotel accommodations and case by case airfare for one person
per Tutorial. Of course, Tutorial, Conference Chairs and Speakers will
not have to pay any registration fee to attend the rest of the

If you would like to be considered as a tutorial instructor,
pre-conference workshop instructor, session speaker, session Chair or
a convener of a BOF, please go to . If you have received a
USERNAME/PASSWORD, use that to log in. Otherwise select the
SPEAKER Audience selection below the username/password entry box and
click on "CONTINUE".

NOTE: If you are signing up speakers other than yourself, please
create an entry/registration for each speaker. If you do not yet know
who the speaker is, create a temporary username. Fill in the First
Name with a Speaker Number (i.e. Speaker1, Speaker2, etc) and the Last
Name with your company name for each session. Fill in your own contact
info for the other fields (Company, email, phone number, Fax).

More information on the conference will be made available at

Thanks and if you have any questions, please contact me (email is best).
Robert J. Berger
Program Chair
Voice: +1-408-882-4755
Fax: +1-408-490-2868
[email protected]