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NANOG 63 Call for Presentations

The North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) will hold its 63rd meeting in San Antonio, TX on February 2-4, 2015. CyrusOne returns as meeting Host of NANOG 63. The NANOG Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, tutorials, and tracks sessions for the NANOG 63 program. We welcome suggestions of keynote speakers or topic ideas. Presentations may cover technology already deployed or soon-to-be deployed in the Internet. Vendors are welcome to submit talks that cover technologies and capabilities, but presentations must not be promotional or discuss proprietary solutions. NANOG 63 submissions can be entered on the  Program Committee Site.


NANOG is the premier meeting for network operators in North America.  Meetings provide a forum for information exchange among network operators, engineers, and researchers. NANOG meets three times each year.  Meetings include individual and panel presentations, tutorial sessions, tracks, and opportunities for networking with industry peers.  NANOG attendees include operators from networks of all sizes, enterprise operators, peering coordinators, transport and switching equipment vendors, in addition to network researchers. NANOG attendees will share ideas and interact with leaders in the field of network operations, discuss current operational events and issues, and learn about state-of-the-art operational techniques.

Materials from NANOG 63 will be archived on the NANOG 63 home page.

Key Dates For NANOG 63




Registration for NANOG 63 Opens

October 27, 2014

CFP Opens for NANOG 63

October 27, 2014

CFP Deadline #1: Presentation Abstracts Due

December 5, 2014

CFP Topic List Posted

NANOG Highlights Page Posted

December 12, 2014

CFP Deadline #2: Presentation Slides Due

January 2, 2015

Meeting Agenda Published

January 9, 2015

Speaker FINAL presentations to PC Tool

January 30, 2015

On-site Registration

January 30, 2015

Lightning Talk Submissions Open (Abstracts Only)

February 2, 2015

The NANOG Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, tutorial sessions, and tracks in all areas of network operations, including (but not limited to):

  • Power and facilities - Topics may include power reliability and engineering, green power, power efficiency, cooling, and facilities management.
  • Interconnections - Topics may include IXes, intra-building, MMR, metro-wide connections, peering, and transit purchasing tactics and strategies.
  • Security - Topics may include routing security, route filtering of large peers/customers, and inter-AS security and cooperation.
  • DNS - Topics may include routing security, route filtering of large peers/customers, and inter-AS security and cooperation.
  • IPv6 - Topics may include real-world deployment challenges, Carrier Grade NAT, NAT-PT implementations that work and scale, and allocation strategies.
  • Content - Topics may include Distribution (p2p, IPTV), content payment models, content distribution technologies and networks, and storage/archiving.
  • Disaster recovery - Topics may include risk analysis, training, agencies, planning methods, hardware portability, key tools, transport audits, and other lessons learned.    

In general, presentations are being sought by and for network operators of all sizes. Presentations about difficult problems (and interesting solutions) that you encounter in the course of your job are encouraged.

If you think you have an interesting topic but want some feedback or assistance working it into a presentation, please email the Program Committee, and a representative on the Program Committee will give you the feedback needed to work it into a presentation. Otherwise, don't delay in submitting your talk, keynote, track, or panel into the NANOG Program Committee tool, located at Program Committee Site. For more information about talk types and format, please see: Tips on Giving a Talk.

How To Present

Complete Presentation Guidelines can be found under "Present at a NANOG"

The primary speaker, moderator, or author should submit presentation information and an abstract online on the Program Committee Site including any draft slides which may be available.  (Draft slides are not required for an initial proposal to be initiated.)  The following information should be shared:

  • Author's name(s)
  • Preferred contact email address
  • A preferred phone number for contact
  • Submission category (General Session, Panel, Tutorial, or Research Forum)
  • Presentation title
  • Abstract
  • Slides (attachment or URL), in PowerPoint (preferred) or PDF format

We look forward to reviewing your submission.


Session Types (Not all types are present at a given NANOG meeting):

Keynote Presentation: The Program Committee invites speakers to submit materials for up to one-hour keynote presentations. Speakers should indicate that their submission is for a keynote in their abstracts. Speaker must submit slides for a Keynote Presentation.

General Session Talk: A General Session presentation should be on a topic of interest to the general NANOG audience, and may be up to 30-minutes long (including time for Q&A). Speakers must submit slides for a General Session presentation.

General Session Panel: Panels are 60-90-minute discussion sessions between a moderator and a team of panelists. The panel moderator should submit an abstract on the panel topic, a list of panelists, and how the panel will be organized. Panel selection will be based on the importance, originality, focus and timeliness of the topic, expertise of proposed panelists, as well as the potential for informative and controversial discussion. After acceptance the panel leader will be given the option to invite panel authors to submit their presentations to the NANOG Program Committee for review. Until then authors should not submit their individual presentations for the panel.

Tracks:  Tracks are 90-minute informal agenda blocks on topics, which are of interest to a portion of the NANOG community. The 90-minute block can be subdivided into a number of smaller, highly related presentations, panels or open discussion. A moderator coordinates content within the 90-minute block of time, and must submit a detailed outline to the Program Committee, including sub-topics and presenters. Sample topics include:                                    

  • Peering
  • ISP Security 
  • Tools
  • DNS
  • Datacenter

Typically two or three tracks will be run concurrently.

Tutorials: Tutorials are typically 90-minute sessions. A presentation from the introductory through advanced level on all related topics, including:

  • Disaster Recovery Planning                     
  • Troubleshooting BGP                     
  • Best Practices for Determining Traffic Matrices                     
  • Options for Blackhole and Discard Routing                     
  • BGP/MPLS Layer 3 VPNs                   
  • Peering business and engineering basics

A tutorial submission should include an abstract and slides.

Lightning Talks: A lightning talk is a very short presentation or speech by any attendee on any topic relevant to the NANOG audience. These are limited to ten minutes; this will be strictly enforced.

If you have a topic that's timely, interesting, or even a crackpot idea you want to share, we encourage you to consider presenting it. The Program Committee will vote on all Lightning Talk submissions onsite at the meeting, and a submitter will be notified about his or her submission one day prior to the scheduled talk time.

Submit your lightning talk proposal at the Program Committee Site starting February 2, 2015.

ARIN Public Policy Consultation Session: ARIN (the American Registry for Internet Numbers) regularly conducts sessions at NANOG meetings to discuss and give input to their policy development process.

Research Track: Researchers are invited to present short (10-minute) summaries of their work for operator feedback. Topics include routing, network performance, statistical measurement and analysis, and protocol development and implementation. Studies presented may be works in progress. Researchers from academia, government, and industry are encouraged to present.

The NANOG registration fee is waived for:

  • General Session presentations: the registration fee will be waived for a maximum of one speaker.
  • General Session panels: fees will be waived for one panel moderator and all panelists.
  • Tracks: fees will be waived for one moderator.
  • Research Tracks presentations: fees will be waived for one speaker.
  • Tutorials: fees will be waived for one instructor. 




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