Background and Mission of 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.
- APRICOT's mission is to develop and advance the
skills and understanding necessary to grow a robust Internet infrastructure
in the Asia-Pacific region. APRICOT is about bringing the world's top
Internet experts together with those who can most benefit from their
- APRICOT attendees are the key builders of Asia's
Internet. Many of the world's best Internet engineers attend APRICOT
either to teach, present or do their own human networking.
- APRICOT provides its sponsors the chance to participate
in a quality, content-rich event with excellent opportunities to target
their products and services at the decision-makers in the Asia Pacific
- APRICOT's primary goal is to provide a vehicle for
the transfer of technology and techniques to the Asia and Pacific Rim
region. As such, our attendance fees are set below those of the more
promotionally orientated conferences and in fact are set to match the
fees found at many similar Internet Operator Group meetings.
- APRICOT is an activity supported by various Asia
Pacific Internet organisations as well as numerous individuals who give
freely of their time and talent, and is not a commercial profit making
venture. Any surplus funds are rolled over to keep attendance fees low
at the next APRICOT event and support outreach activities in the less
developed areas of the Asia and Pacific region.
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. The APIA Board has
delegated the APRICOT Secretariat responsibility to
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