ICANN 57 conference was organized by Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology (MEITY) , India (in association with Nixi) at the huge Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) Hyderabad from 03 November till 09 November 2016. It had a record participation of 3,812 participants and was very well organized by MEITY in association with NIXI / .IN Registry, New Delhi.
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non profit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. (ref: Wikipedia)
Registration at ICANN 57
The registration process was automated as attendees were either required to register before hand or self register at the venue throughout from 03 Nov till 09 Nov. Though in any case, you need to fill in few details in the computer at the venue to print the attendees badge. The goodies provided majorly included a Nixi sponsored T-Shirt and a Laptop Bag.
ICANNN 57 Opening Ceremony
While the opening Ceremony was scheduled for 05th November 9 AM, which was graced by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Telecom Minister for Govt. of India, as the chief guest for the occasion. While Mr Samiran Gupta, head ICANN India opened the floor.
Also Mr K.T. Rama Rao, IT Minster for the Telangana State very beautifully described about the advancement being made Information Technology in the state of Andhra Pradesh including the T-Hub, the startup incubator situated at ISB (Indian School of Hyderabad), Hyderabad. He invited attendees to visit T-Hub on 09th November 2016.
The meeting was a historic one, as the first to follow the IANA Transition process, which was complete in September 2016. IANA Transition involved handling over the control of internet from US Government to ICANN. The above picture shows ICANN volunteers were awarded with leadership awards, announced by Ms Theresa Swinheart ICANN VP and given by Mr Goran Marby, CEO & president ICANN.
Leadership awards are given to outstanding individuals in our community who demonstrate extra-ordinary commitment to ICANN. Till last year, it was awarded to a single individual but this year it was decided to award to many individuals. View the complete video here.
ICANN 57 Conference / Meetings
The scale at which Conference was organized was huge with more than 10 simultaneous sessions taking place. The sessions included Working Group Meetings, ALAC (At Large Advisory Committee) meetings, GAC (Government Advisory Committees) Meetings, Technical Sessions, RALOs (Regional At Large Organizations) and so on. The sessions/meetings could be tracked through the available Schedule, which was available through ICANN57 website and App as well.
For the first time, the lunch was generally available for ICANN attendees, courtesy sponsored by Government of Telangana. Otherwise, the lunch was mainly available after working group meeting or during network sessions. The above picture shows one of such Business network sessions organized by ICANN on 04th November 2016 at the Novotel Ballroom.
ICANN 57 – Gala Night
The Gala Dinner night was organized on 5th November 2016 at 7:30 PM, which was graced by all the special dignitaries including Shri Rai Shankar Prasad, KT Rama Rao, ICANN India head Mr Samiran Gupta and other ICANN officials and other attendees.
ICANN 57 Participants
Participants included many International names from companies like Verisign, Microsoft, Infosys, Facebook, Tech Mahindra, IP Attorneys and so on. And also many friends from DNOAI (Domain Name Owners Association of India) and otherwise from Indian Domain Industry participated !