Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies
What is APRICOT?
Throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim, Internet service providers, backbone and regional networks, web hosting facilities, firewalls, and Intranets are being created, deployed, and installed at a staggering pace. The technicians, managers, entrepeneurs and decision-makers responsible are under tremendous pressure to master the skills necessary to build and operate these increasingly complex systems.
The mission of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) is to provide a forum for those key Internet builders in the region to learn from their peers and other leaders in the Internet community from around the world.
Held annually, the ten day long summit consists of seminars, workshops, tutorials, conference sessions, birds-of-a-feather (BOFs), and other forums all with the goal of spreading and sharing the knowledge required to operate the Internet within the Asia Pacific region.
In an attempt to ease the travel burden on attendees, APRICOT is held in conjunction with one of the Asia Pacific Network Information Center's (APNIC) two annual meetings, the winter Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG) meeting, and meetings of other Asia Pacific Internet organisations.
Wherever possible, APRICOT also attempts to derive synergy by having the meetings close to or back-to-back with other Internet events such as Asia Internet World, ICANN etc.
How APRICOT began
David Conrad, at the time the Director General of APNIC, saw the early NANOGs taking place with great success in the US. NANOG was aimed at the North American ISP market, with the rest of the world having no equivalent. David suggested the Asia & Pacific region should have its own Internet technical operations conference. Barry Greene, then working for SingTel, convinced SingTel to support the event, and Harish Pillay persuaded the Singapore Computer Society to sponsor it at the RELC Centre in Singapore.
With venue, Internet connectivity, and sponsorship assured, a team of volunteers constructed the terminal room, and Digital paid for the catering, the first ever APRICOT took place early in 1996. The first APRICOT social event was a visit to the Singapore Night Safari.
APRICOT and APIA
In September 2002, the APRICOT Executive Committee and the APIA Board agreed that APIA and APRICOT should work more closely together. And as from March 2003, APIA became the legal entity supporting the APRICOT conference effort. APRICOT is now APIA's main activity, with the board working with the APRICOT Advisory Committee (formerly the Exco) to ensure the future development and growth of APRICOT.
The revised organisation has the APIA Board responsible for the legal entity which supports APRICOT, with the APRICOT Advisory Committee replacing the function of the Executive Committee, and the APRICOT Management Committee taking on the day to day role of working with the local host on the APRICOT conference organisation and programme.