[menog] MENOG 4 Call for Papers

Philip Smith pfs at cisco.com
Wed Feb 4 12:10:29 GMT 2009

Hi everyone,

Please see below the (rather detailed) call for presentations and
tutorials for MENOG 4.

Look forward to hearing from you soon!

On behalf of the MENOG organising committee

Middle East Network Operators Group (MENOG)
Manama, Bahrain   5 - 9 April 2009

Call for Papers

The MENOG Programme Committee is now seeking contributions to the
programme for MENOG 4.  We would like to invite people to submit their
presentation proposals as soon as possible to help us produce the
programme in a timely fashion.  We would also like to encourage people
through out the Middle East region who have not previously presented
their work to do so.

We are looking for people who would :

  * Offer a technical tutorial on an appropriate topic; and/or
  * Participate in the technical conference sessions as a speaker.

Please submit on-line at


MENOG is growing.  As an experiment, MENOG 4 will run over 5 days, and
will include 3 days of hands on technical workshops, followed by
Opening and Closing Plenaries, several Technical Conference sessions
including updates from the RIPE NCC, as well half a day of tutorials.

  Workshop      5th-7th
  Tutorials     8th (morning)
  Conference    8th (afternoon) and 9th


Call for Papers Opens:             now
Deadline for Speaker Submissions:  12 March 2009
Final Slides:                      19 March 2009
Final Programme Published:         26 March 2009


Each Technical session in MENOG will last 90 minutes - multiple
sessions can be cover one subject area if there is demand.  A 90
minute session allows presentations to be up to 20 minutes in length,
meaning at least 4 presentations per session and some time for Q&A.
Longer presentations should be submitted as tutorials. The Technical
Conference commences after lunchtime on the 8th of April.

Sessions are chaired by individuals of appropriate expertise in the
subject matter of the session and will include ample time for
questions from the audience.

Expected subject areas for MENOG 4 are:

1. Peering

2. Network Security

3. IPv4 depletion/IPv6 deployment

4. Technical & Research Reports and Updates

5. Internet Service Provider Operations

6. Datacentres


Tutorials are 90 or 180 minute technical presentations which focus on
a particular subject in-depth.  Tutorials will take place on the
morning of the 8th of April.

Tutorial Instructors are encouraged to also sign up to be a Speaker in
the Technical Conference Programme as well.  You can sign up to give a
tutorial and/or conference session presentation by following the
instructions at the end of this message for signing up as a speaker or

Examples of Tutorial topics might be:

  - Network security, IPSec, Auditing/Forensics, DDoS Mitigation
  - Routing, Network Design, BGP
  - IPv6 deployment
  - Network planning, management and traffic engineering
  - Internet exchanges, construction, peering and collocation
  - Operations, NOC, Helpdesk and other support aspects
  - DNS and DNSSEC
  - Broadband, mobile, wireless technologies

If you have an idea for a tutorial subject that is not listed, please
feel free to submit it to us.


Two technical workshops will be on offer, running for a full 3 days
from 5th to 7th April, given by instructors who have a long track
record of network operations and instructing at other NOGs.  There
will be a nominal fee to cover participation at these workshops. Class
sizes will be limited to 28 each. One workshop will cover Routing
(OSPF and BGP) and the other one will cover Network Security.


When considering a presentation or tutorial, remember that the MENOG
audience is mainly comprised of technical network operators and
engineers with a wide range of experience levels from beginners to
multi-year experience.  There is a strong orientation to offer core
skills and basic knowledge in the tutorials and to address issues
relevant to the day-to-day operations of ISPs and network operators
over the next 12 - 18 months in the conference sessions.

Draft slides for both tutorials and conference sessions MUST be
provided with CfP submissions. The Programme Committee cannot consider
a presentation proposal without accompanying draft slides.

While the majority of speaking slots will be allocated by 12 March
2009, a limited number of slots may be available for presentations
that are exceptionally timely, important, or of critical operational


MENOG is a TECHNICAL conference so marketing and commercial content is
not allowed within the programme.  The programme committee will
maintain the technical standard of MENOG, and will therefore
not accept inappropriate materials.  It is expected that the presenter
be a technical person and not a sales or marketing person.  The
audience is extremely technical and expects that the speakers are
themselves very knowledgeable.  All sessions provide time for
questions, so presenters should expect technical questions and be
prepared to deliver insightful and technically deep responses.


MENOG is a not-for-profit event that is trying to make the event zero
cost for attendees; therefore we are unable to pay the travel costs of


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