APRICOT 2015 – it isn’t a fruit

Apricot?I’m in the first day of a meeting of APTLD – the Asia Pacific federation of country-code domain name managers - which is part of the annual APRICOT. event. It’s a mouthful of an acronym, and it’s one that is landing in Auckland in 2016.

APRICOT is the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operating Technologies. It’s the biggest gathering of network operations experts in the Asia Pacific, and is held in a different place each year.

InternetNZ is the host of APRICOT in Auckland in February 2016. We’re going to provide a chance for world-leading experts to share their insight about developments in networking with the New Zealand technical community which we hope will give our local techies a boost and bring new knowledge to New Zealand to help build a better Internet.

It’s a two week affair: a week of tutorials where experts train people from around the region in small groups, followed by a week of larger conference sessions all tied up with one of the twice-yearly meetings of APNIC, the Asia-Pacific’s Internet Registry (responsible for assigning IP addresses and other resources to ISPs around the region).

The hosting is a big job. My colleague Yvonne Shelton who joined our team last month is here to learn the ins and outs of hosting the event. Plans are well progressed, and the next focus is looking for sponsorship from a wide range of organisations to help make the event all it can be.

InternetNZ will also be contributing to the cost, as well as leading the local event logistics. Getting this event here is a seriously worthwhile boost to the local technical community, and has been on our agenda since a pitch was first made in 2005. I’m excited we were chosen to host and that we get to show off Auckland and New Zealand as the venue for 2016 at this year’s event.

Besides duties as next year’s hosts (liaising with the conference organisers, giving the pitch for Auckland), I’ll be talking a bit about the IANA stewardship transition at the APTLD meeting this week, and watching with interest the policy discussions and IANA transition discussions that happen next week as part of the APNIC meetings. 

I have to be honest that much of the technical subject matter is well out of my league.  That makes it fascinating but somewhat remote. What is important is that this expertise is on the way to New Zealand next year, and the people who can benefit from it – network operators and technical people in New Zealand ISPs, big corporates and beyond – are going to benefit hugely from that.

I’ll do a wrap-up post reporting on impressions once this wraps up. In the meantime, sayonara from Fukuoka Japan, where APRICOT 2015 is well under way.