Posted: Thursday, 12 December 2013
The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will be holding meetings in Chicago (ARIN 33) and Baltimore (ARIN 34) next April and October, respectively. "So? ARIN has a meeting every six months, good for them." Yes, but do you know WHY? It's not just an opportunity for staff members to get out of Virginia and mingle with the community; these meetings are crucial to the Internet technical community because the policies being developed determine how Internet number resources are administered, and those decisions have a direct impact on the future of the Internet as a whole. With big decisions to be made, many of the biggest players in the Internet community make a point of getting involved (oh you know, just Fortune 100 enterprises, gigantic ISPs and hosting providers, prestigious universities…), and we want them to have the chance to see that you are a player, too.
ARIN's Policy Development Process relies on people from the United States, Canada and Caribbean packing up and shipping off to the ARIN meeting to speak up and say, "Hey, I think THIS is how IP addresses should be allocated!" Everyone knows that you can't always create the same dynamic dialog over email, which is why it is so important to hold face-to-face discussions. ARIN meetings fuel the policy process – draft policy debates and blaze new ideas flowing at lightning speed, and you can help make it all happen. ARIN meeting sponsorships require minimal investment, and it will put you on the radar of some of the most influential organizations in the industry.
Interested? Of course you are. One trip to the corner office away from signing? We'd certainly hope so. If you need a convincing argument, have we mentioned how awesomely scalable ARIN sponsorship opportunities are? You can sponsor anything from a snack or meal break to a happy hour or other social event or even network connectivity for ARIN 34. Can't afford to fly solo on sponsoring one of these options? Feel free to tackle a sponsorship alongside another organization, gaining invaluable visibility at an even smaller cost! We can even play matchmaker for you to find a suitable co-sponsor, if you don't have one in mind.
ARIN 33 in Chicago will be held 13-16 April 2014, and ARIN 34 in Baltimore will be held 9-10 October, in conjunction with NANOG 62. This gives you plenty of time to negotiate making ARIN meeting sponsorship part of your 2014 marketing budget. For the full rundown, check out our sponsorship brochure at:
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American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)