LACNIC Technical Forum – Call for Presentations

LACNIC, the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, is an international non-government organization established in Uruguay in 2002. It is responsible for assigning and managing Internet number resources (IPv4, IPv6), Autonomous System Numbers and reverse resolution for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The LACNIC Technical Forum (FTL) is a new space created within the framework of LACNIC's annual events to provide the international community the chance to present their technical experiences, work and initiatives around a central theme: Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

In this context, LACNIC invites the Internet community to submit proposals for presentations to be included on the FTL agenda for LACNIC29, the upcoming event to be held in the city of Panama from 30 April / 4 may 2018.

Possible formats are as follows:

  1. Lightning talk: short, 10-minute presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions.
  2. Presentation: 25-minute presentation with an additional 5 minutes for questions.


The topic to be covered by the presentation should be geared towards and related to regional Internet development. Topics of interest to the LACNIC Technical Forum include, but are not limited to:

  1. Network operation and professional experiences (success stories, best practices)
  2. IP network architecture, sizing, configuration and administration
  3. Internet protocols (routing, switching, etc.)
  4. DNS service operation and configuration
  5. End-user applications (e.g. E-mail, HTTP,  etc.)
  6. Value-added services such as VPNs, distributed systems, cloud computing, etc.
  7. Traffic exchange (peering, IXPs, etc.)
  8. Regional connectivity: submarine and terrestrial cables, current and future needs, the role of governments
  9. Transition to IPv6 and IPv6 deployment
  10. Network security and data management, attack mitigation
  11. Network monitoring, performance, measurements and telemetry
  12. Network automation, evolution and convergence
  13. Infrastructure and physical transport, including optical and wireless networks
  14. Initiatives for the deployment and operation of Internet of Things (IoT) projects
  15. Protocols related to the Internet of Things (IoT)
  16. Research and education
  17. Programming
  18. Task automation in networks and/or services.
  19. Autonomous networks

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal

Those interested in submitting a proposal should write to and include the following information:

  1. Presentation title
  2. Abstract
  3. An attachment with a draft of the presentation slides or an extended summary of the article/work to be presented. This abstract must not exceed one thousand (1000) words.
  4. Approximate duration of the presentation
  5. Authors' details (full name, email address and company/organization they represent)
  6. Specify whether at least one of the authors can guarantee their attendance at the event, or whether this depends on the possibility of obtaining financial assistance from the event organizers (see “Speaker Benefits”).

The following considerations should also be taken into account:

  1. Accepted languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish
  2. Accepted formats: Portable Document Format (PDF)
  3. The number of slides must be appropriate for the presentation format (lightning talk or presentation). As a rule of thumb, estimate 1-2 minutes per slide.

Proposal Evaluation

The FTL Program Committee will evaluate the proposals based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  1. Originality
  2. Real-life deployments will be preferred over testing
  3. Value of sharing the experience
  4. Technical quality
  5. Relevance
  6. Possibility of general application
  7. Presentation
  8. Applicability (inclusion of a proposal for continuity).
  9. Relevance of the development

The FTL Program Committee is made up by:

Name Representing
Azael Fernández Community
Fabián Mejía Community
Fernando Gont Community
Jorge Villa LACNOG
Tomás Lynch LACNOG
Guillermo Cicileo LACNIC Staff
Alejandro Acosta LACNIC Staff
César Díaz LACNIC Staff


The timeline for the call for presentations will be as follows:

  1. Call for proposals opens: 19 December 2017
  2. Deadline for receiving proposals: 6 February 2018
  3. Evaluation by the Program Committee: 7-23 February 2018
  4. Submission of final presentations: 26  March to 19 April 2018
  5. Event date: 30 April / 4 may 2018

Speaker Benefits

The registration fee will be waived for those authors whose proposals are accepted. However, speaker travel and accommodation expenses will not be covered.
Those requiring financial assistance to attend the event (accommodation and/or travel expenses) must apply for a sponsorship once LACNIC opens the corresponding application period.
Please note that acceptance of a proposal to be presented at FTL does NOT imply that the author(s) will be granted a sponsorship, although the submission of a proposal may be considered a plus during the sponsorship beneficiary selection process.
LACNIC will present speakers with a certificate accrediting the inclusion of their presentation at the FTL.

For more information, please check out the Financial Assistance Program section on the LACNIC29 event website or send your questions to