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NANOG 70 Call for Presentations

The North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) will hold its 70th conference in Bellevue, Washington. The conference takes place on June 5-7, 2017.


The NANOG Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, tutorials, and track sessions for the NANOG 70 program. We welcome suggestions of speakers or topic ideas. Presentations may cover current technologies already deployed or soon-to-be deployed in the Internet. Vendors are welcome to submit talks which cover relevant technologies and capabilities, but presentations must not be promotional or discuss proprietary solutions. NANOG 70 submissions can be entered on the NANOG Program Committee Tool.


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 network 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 70 will be archived on the NANOG 70 Meeting Landing Page.

How To Submit

The primary speaker, moderator, or author should submit a presentation proposal and an abstract on the Program Committee Tool.

Select “Propose Talk” from the Talks menu:

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Select the desired meeting in which you want to present:

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Upload draft slides as soon as possible so the Program Committee can understand the intended structure and level of detail covered by the talk.  Draft slides are not required for a proposal to be initiated,  but they are usually expected before the Program Committee can definitively accept a submission.  The following information should be included in the proposal:


  • Author's name(s)

  • Professional or educational affiliation

  • A preferred contact email address

  • A preferred phone number for contact

  • Submission category (General Session, Panel, Tutorial, or Track)

  • Presentation title

  • Abstract

  • Slides in PowerPoint (preferred) or PDF format

  • Comments as desired including URL to materials or previous talk


Timeline for submission and proposal review

  • Submitter enters abstract (and draft slides if possible) in Program Committee Tool.

    • Any time following Call for Presentations and prior to CFP deadline for slide submission

  • PC performs initial review and assigns a “Shepherd” to help develop the submission.

    • Within 2 weeks

  • Submitter develops draft slides of talk

    • Please submit initial draft slides early

    • Panel and Track submissions should provide topic list and intended/confirmed participants

  • PC reviews slides and continues to work with Submitter as needed to develop topic

    • Draft presentation slides should be submitted prior to published deadline for slides

  • PC accepts or declines submission

  • Agenda assembled and posted

  • Submitters notified


If you think you have an interesting topic but want feedback or suggestions for developing an idea into a presentation, please email the Program Committee, and a representative of the Program Committee will respond. Otherwise, submit your talk, keynote, track, or panel proposal to the Program Committee Tool without delay!  We look forward to reviewing your submission.

Key Dates For NANOG 70

Event/Deadline Date



Registration for NANOG 70 Opens

Wednesday, 02/22/2017

Agenda Outline for NANOG 70 Posted

Wednesday, 02/22/2017

CFP Deadline: Presentation Slides Due

Monday, 03/27/2017

CFP Topic List and NANOG Highlights Page

Tuesday, 04/04/2017

Speaker FINAL presentation Slides to PC Tool

Monday, 5/29/2017

Lightning Talk Submissions Open (Abstracts Only)

Sunday, 6/4/2017

On-site Registration

Sunday, 6/4/2017


Some general advice is available with our “Guidelines for Presenting at a NANOG Meeting”, "Present at a NANOG" and “Tips on Giving a Talk”.

The NANOG Program Committee seeks proposals for presentations, panels, tutorial sessions, and tracks in all areas of network operations, such as:

  • Network Connectivity, Interconnection, and Architecture

  • Network Management and Configuration including Automation

  • Network Performance, Measurement, and Telemetry

  • Data Center and Physical Plant including Cooling and Power Efficiency

  • Network Research

  • Internet Governance

  • Routing and Switching Protocols

  • Network Data and Control Plane Security

  • Optical and Transmission Technologies

  • Wireless Networks

  • DNS, Transport, and Applications

  • Network Operations and Engineering Professional Experiences

Submissions are welcomed 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.

NANOG Sessions:

Keynote Presentation:  Keynote presentations highlight topics of significant current or historical interest to the NANOG community.  Proposals can be diverse ranging from new technologies or methods for network operation to informed narratives about network operations over a number of years.  Keynote presentations may last up to one-hour and speakers should indicate that their submission is a keynote in their abstracts. Speaker must submit slides for acceptance of a Keynote Presentation.


General Session Talk: General Session presentations on a topics of current interest to the NANOG community are typically 30-minutes long (including time for Q&A). Speakers must submit slides for acceptance of a General Session presentation.  General Session talks may run concurrently with other sessions


General Session Panel: Panels are 45-90-minute discussions with a moderator and a team of panelists. The panel moderator must submit an abstract on the discussion topic, a draft list of panelists, and overview of the panel presentation. Acceptance of Panel submissions will be based on the proposed topic, expertise of proposed panelists, as well as the potential for informative and constructive discussion.  The Program Committee welcomes early submission of panel materials and the panel moderator should upload the materials to the PC site or send them to the PC shepherd for review.


Tracks: Tracks are 90-120 minute sessions of topics regarding a specific area of network operation, which are of interest to a portion of the NANOG community. The track can include a number of related presentations of varying length and/or a panel.  The content in a track is reviewed by the Program Committee, but potential moderators are encouraged to submit track proposals to the Program Committee in outline format, including sub-topics and presenters.  

Sample topics include:               

  • Internet and Infrastructure Security

  • Research

  • Network Automation and Tools

  • DNS

  • Datacenter

  • Peering

Multiple tracks will be run concurrently.

Tutorials: Tutorials are 90-120 minute sessions.  The presenter(s) are responsible for the content, which will be reviewed by the Program Committee.  Relevant areas for tutorials include:

  • Network Automation

  • Transport and IP Network Technologies and Developments

  • Control Plane Protocols and Troubleshooting                     

  • Network Measurement and Tools     

  • Network Security  

  • Disaster Recovery Planning                                  

A tutorial submission should include an abstract and slides.

Lightning Talks: Lightning talks are short presentations, limited to ten minutes, given by attendees at a NANOG meeting.  Lightning talk submission is opened shortly before the start of a NANOG meeting. If you have a topic that's timely, interesting data to show, or a spur of the moment idea that you would like feedback on, we encourage you to consider submitting 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 - Lightning Talk Page starting Sunday, June 4, 2017

The NANOG registration fee is waived for:

  • General Session presentations: the conference registration fee will be waived for a maximum of one speaker.

  • General Session panels: conference registration fees will be waived for one panel moderator and all panelists.

  • Tracks: conference registration fees will be waived for one moderator.

  • Tutorials: conference registration fees will be waived for one instructor.


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