LACNIC Events: A Meeting Point for the Regional Internet Community
By Carolina Badano – Communications Coordinator
In their constant efforts to lead the construction of the regional community, LACNIC organizes two annual events where the Internet community comes together to talk, discuss, and learn.
Since 2000, when we held our first event in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina (LACNIC I), we have traveled to different locations in Latin America and the Caribbean, as we believe that exchange is the pillar of strengthening our technical capabilities.
There are many who have accompanied us throughout these years, and every year there are also many who participate for the first time in our events. We would like to tell these new participants what LACNIC events are about, and why it is worthwhile to participate.
LACNIC events are regional gathering places for multistakeholder dialogue, high-level technical training, and discussion about the present and future of the Internet. Generally, more than 800 participants from different countries in the region, who work professionally in ISPs and companies related to information technologies, universities and educational institutions, NGOs, civil society, governments, among others, attend the meeting either in-person or online.
What Can You Do at an Event?
First of all, if you are planning to participate for the first time, we recommend you join the New Participants session, which usually takes place at the beginning of each event. You will obtain relevant information to make the most out of your experience.
The activities we provide throughout the week the event takes place include tutorials and high-level technical presentations, that usually cover topics such as IPv6, BGP, RPKI, DNS, security, and more. Besides, you will have the chance to participate in the Public Policy Forum, in which the rules and policies that define the management of the Internet number resources are discussed. It is a participative, public, and transparent process open to all individuals. This process is open to anyone who wishes to take part in it and is built on the achievement of consensus.
Another major asset of our events is the possibility to network with industry colleagues, either on breaks in the meeting areas, during social events, or through the Discord tool available to all participants.
It is important to note that, once the event is over, all participants, either in-person or online, will receive a certificate of attendance.
What Happened in our Most Recent Event, LACNIC 38, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia?
Our next event will be held in the city of Mérida, Mexico, between the 8th and 12th of May. You may now register to participate, either for the online or in-person modality. You may also apply for a fellowship which covers the registration fee, travel, and accommodations for those applicants who live outside of Mexico or a fellowship that only covers the registration fee for local participants. Get to know the details here.
We would love to have you in our next event. We are waiting for you!