Structure of APRICOT
The annual APRICOT conference is put together largely by the efforts
of the many volunteers who, together with the local hosts, work to
ensure the continuity of the event. To ensure that each conference is
organised as efficiently and effectively as possible,
the responsibilities and functions have been alloted to particular
groups of volunteers.
APRICOT Advisory Committee
The APRICOT Advisory Committee (or AC) is the wider group of
volunteers and stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region who provide
advice and direction for the APRICOT conference. The other committees
working with APRICOT are basically subsets of the AC.
The position of Chair of the AC is rotated every year, with a
representative of the APRICOT local host taking on the position of AC
chair at the close of the APRICOT conference.
The AC Chair until end of February 2006 is Scott Macdonald of
e-side, the APRICOT 2005
APRICOT Management Committee
The APRICOT Management Committee (or MC) is a group of more dedicated
individuals who are responsible for the day to day organisation of
the APRICOT conference. They work closely with the local host and the
host's local organising committee to ensure that all aspects of the
conference are progressing, provide advice on APRICOT best practices,
and help with tuning the programme and venue needs.
The members of the APRICOT MC are drawn from the APRICOT AC mentioned
earlier. They are members of the AC who are able to contribute a
significant portion of their time and energy to the ongoing success
of the APRICOT conference.
The APRICOT MC is also responsible for the day to day operation of the
APIA Secretariat. Most of this work includes providing direction and
advice to the Secretariat.
The Chair of the MC is Philip Smith; the co-chair of the MC is
APRICOT Programme Comittee
The Programme Committee (or PC) is responsible for putting together the
APRICOT programme on an annual basis. The committee is made up of
APRICOT Track Chairs and other volunteers who can contribute the time
and energy, as well as being interested in ensuring the integrity and
consistency of APRICOT's operational and technology focus.
The PC works with the local host and the host's organising committee to
tailor the programme of each APRICOT conference. The Track Chairs are
responsible for pulling together the content for their specialist track
area (be they workshop, tutorial, APNIC, or individual conference
tracks). Overall conference content and direction is determined by the
PC as a whole.
The Chair of the PC is Robert Berger; the co-chair of the PC is
APRICOT Fellowship Committee
APRICOT has a fellowship programme whereby some of the conference
sponsorship funding it used to provide assistance to attendees from
less developed economies to come and attend APRICOT and hopefully bring
some of their newly acquired knowledge and contacts back home. Annually
APRICOT is able to support accommodation and attendance fees for
some 30 to 40 attendees.
The Fellowship Committee (FC) is made up of a few volunteers (drawn
from the AC) who work with the chairs to determine which of the
applications for financial support are to be followed through.
They also work with the local host on obtaining funding to support the
The Chair of the FC is Suresh Ramasubramanian; the co-chair
of the FC is Tom Vest.
The APIA Board has the final and overall responsibility for APRICOT. The APIA
website has more information about APIA, APIA membership, the Secretariat,
and APIA's function.
The APRICOT AC basically provides guidance to the APIA Board as to the
direction APRICOT should be taking, the future venue choices, and on
the other operational matters pertaining to the conference. However,
as the Board is responsible for the viability and financial stability
of APRICOT, all final decisions rest with the Board itself.
As part of their commitment to APRICOT, all APIA Board members
actively participate in the APRICOT Management Committee. Some members
also assist with the work of the Programme and Fellowship Committees.
The Chair of the Board is Abhisak Chulya; the vice-Chair is Gaurab