APAC DNS Forum 2024

Event Overview

The Asia Pacific Domain Name System Forum (APAC DNS Forum) 2024 will take place from 23 to 24 July 2024 at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua in Bali, Indonesia. Jointly organized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Pengelola Nama Domain Internet Indonesia (PANDI), the theme for this year’s event is “Building Bridges: Strengthening Collaboration to Shape the Internet’s Future.” The APAC DNS Forum 2024 is expected to convene regional experts from the Internet and domain name industry to discuss the latest developments, opportunities, and challenges in the Internet and domain name marketplace.

The APAC DNS Forum 2024 will feature a multitude of topics discussing the role of the DNS from various perspectives. In addition to the technical topics such as cybersecurity and emerging technologies, the sessions also cover industry trends and business opportunities, to broader topics such as the potential impacts of regulatory, policy, and technological developments on the DNS industry.

The APAC DNS Forum 2024 serves as a platform for participants to network, exchange ideas, and explore collaboration opportunities. Held as a hybrid event, participants can attend either in-person or virtually. Registrations will be open till 20 July 2024, 23:59 UTC

Pre-event Webinars

Four pre-event webinars will be conducted between June and July on topics of interest in relation to the Forum’s theme. Visit the Pre-event Webinars page here.

Programme Schedule

(Updated as of 27 March 2024)

Day One, 23 July 2024 (Tuesday), UTC+8

08:00-09:00
Registration

09:00-09:30
Pre-Opening Session/Keynote Speech

09:30-10:15
Opening Session/Welcome Remarks

10:15-10:45
Tea Break

10:45-12:00
Opening Plenary Session

Building Bridges: Strengthening Collaboration to Shape the Internet’s Future

Opening Plenary Session: Building Bridges: Strengthening Collaboration to Shape the Internet’s Future

Description

How can we embrace the Internet’s advancements and shape its future together? Are we headed towards a Splinternet, and how can we collaborate to maintain a global and interoperable Internet?

This opening plenary will discuss current challenges and opportunities in the Internet and domain name space. Speakers will share potential impacts from various aspects such as technological developments (e.g. infrastructure capabilities, Artificial Intelligence), alternative name spaces, geopolitical considerations, regulations/legislation on the Internet. The session will also discuss the importance of collaboration across different stakeholder groups as we collectively shape the Internet we want.

12:00-13:30
Lunch break

13:30-14:30
Session 1A

Collectively Fostering Digital Transformation & Inclusion in Asia Pacific

13:30-14:30
Session 1B

14:30-14:45
Tea break

14:45-15:45
Session 2A

14:45-15:45
Session 2B

Blockchain Naming System: An Extended Identity from the Domain Name System (DNS)?

15:45-16:00
Tea break

16:00-17:00
Session 3A

Impact of Tech Policies and Regulation/Legislation on the Internet

16:00-17:00
Session 3B

17:00
End of Day One

Day Two, 24 July 2024 (Wednesday), UTC+8

08:30-9:00
Registration

9:00-10:00
Session 4A

Multistakeholder Norm-Setting and Internet Governance

9:00-10:00
Session 4B

10:00-10:15
Tea Break

10:15-11:15
Session 5A

10:15-11:15
Session 5B

11:15-11:30
Tea Break

11:30-12:30
Session 6A

11:30-12:30
Session 6B

12:30-14:00
Lunch Break

14:00-15:15
Plenary Session 1
Foreseeing Top Level Domain (TLD) Landscape in the APAC Market

Plenary Session 1: Foreseeing Top-Level Domain (TLD) Landscape in the APAC Market

Description

The functioning of the Internet relies on several unique identifiers, including domain names. This session will focus on the growth potential of the domain name market, both from country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) and generic TLD (gTLD) perspectives.

With the APAC region representing a significant portion of Internet usage and penetration, this session will conduct a comparison of marketing strategies and regulatory domain environment across various TLDs. Speakers will discuss initiatives (e.g. Second-Level-Domain (SLD) provider) to promote market growth and to increase accessibility to the Internet through the domain name space.

15:15-15:30
Tea Break

15:30-16:45
Plenary Session 2

New gTLD Program: Next Round

Plenary Session 2: New gTLD Program: Next Round

Description

The new Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) Program in 2012 enabled the largest expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS). The next round of applications (Next Round) enabling more gTLDs is targeted to open in Q2 2026. What kinds of opportunities will a further expansion of the DNS provide?

In this session, speakers will share progress on operational and implementation work as well as key milestones towards the Next Round. The session will also explore business and economic opportunities arising from the Next Round.

16:45
End of Day Two

Propose a Session

Join us in shaping the conversation at the upcoming APAC DNS Forum 2024! We’re seeking session proposals from community members centred around the Forum’s theme at the event or during the pre-event webinars.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Technical Subjects
  • DNS Industry Trends
  • Broad Topics such as Internet public policy and technological advancements

Proposals should also aim to accomplish at least one of the following objectives:

  • Deliver timely updates and noteworthy information
  • Stimulate collaborative conversations geared towards solving or addressing a specific problem statement

Session Information

Each session has a maximum duration of 60 minutes. Proposers have the flexibility to choose any session format that best suits their objective, such as panel discussion, roundtable, workshop, or others. 

All sessions will be recorded and uploaded onto the APAC DNS Forum website. Additionally, sessions conducted during the Forum will be live-streamed to registered participants via Zoom. 

Available session dates:

  • APAC DNS Forum 2024
    • 23 July (Afternoon)
    • 24 July (Morning)
  • Pre-event Webinars
    • 18 June (03:00 UTC)
    • 2 July (03:00 UTC)
    • 15 July (03:00 UTC)
    • 18 July (03:00 UTC)

Timeline

The announcement of selected proposals will be made by 24 May 2024.

Pre-event webinar organizers are kindly asked to confirm their speakers and moderators two weeks prior to the session’s scheduled start date. Similarly, organizers of Forum sessions are requested to finalize their line-up of speakers and moderators by 8 July 2024.

Submit a Session Proposal

Please submit your proposals by 15 May 2024, 23:59 UTC using the button below, or email the following information to apachub@icann.org

  • Proposer’s Name/ Entity
  • Preferred Session to be at the APAC DNS Forum (in-person) or Pre-event Webinar (virtual)
  • Preferred Date (please refer to the available session dates above)
  • Session title
  • Session Objective/Aim 
  • Brief description of the session
  • Session agenda (including proposed speakers)
  • Session format (panel discussion, roundtable, workshop, etc.)
  • Duration of the session (maximum 60 minutes per session)
  • Does the session require ICANN’s support using Zoom? (Answer is only required if proposing for a Pre-event Webinar)

 

Speakers

 

Speaker information to be updated soon.

Sponsorships

Don’t miss out on the chance to elevate your brand and be at the forefront of driving global digital transformation! Become a sponsor today to unlock these benefits:

  • Connect with top-tier industry leaders, policymakers, technical experts, and business owners who share our common goal of advancing economic growth through digital economy initiatives
  • Champion the collective mission of promoting the digital economy
  • Increase awareness and visibility for your company as a key player in exploring business opportunities worldwide
  • Showcase your business profile through various platforms and sessions including knowledge-sharing discussions, networking opportunities, and engagements with diverse panelists and attendees
  • Expand your networks by connecting and engaging with like-minded participants, fellow business owners, and other attendees

Please email soskom@pandi.id to enquire about sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorship Benefits

 

 

Diamond Sponsor – Unlimited slots USD 15,000 (or IDR equivalent)
  • One speaker slot*
  • Two premium exhibition counters in a prominent space, located side-by-side
  • Recognition at APAC DNS Forum 2024 Opening and Closing Plenary
  • Prominent logo placement on event website (large) including sponsors showcase: 100 words company profile and short video highlighting products and services
  • Logo on event signage and backdrops
  • Virtual logo placement during breaks
  • Display of company pull-up banners at event venue
  • Exclusive invitation to sponsors’ lunch
  • Opportunity to provide company branded materials

*Speaker slot is subject to availability and on a first come first served basis.

Platinum Sponsor – Unlimited slots USD 10,000 (or IDR equivalent)
  • One premium exhibition counter in a prominent space
  • Recognition at APAC DNS Forum 2024 Opening and Closing Plenary
  • Prominent logo placement on event website (large) including sponsors showcase: 100 words company profile and short video highlighting products and services
  • Logo on event signage and backdrops
  • Virtual logo placement during breaks
  • Display of company pull-up banners at event venue
  • Exclusive invitation to sponsors’ lunch
  • Opportunity to provide company branded materials

 

Closing Social – 1 slot USD 10,000 (or IDR equivalent)
  • Recognition at APAC DNS Forum 2024 Closing Social
  • Three-minute welcome speech during Closing Social
  • Prominent logo placement on event website (large) including sponsors showcase: 100 words company profile and short video highlighting products and services
  • Logo on event signage and backdrops
  • Virtual logo placement during breaks
  • Display of company pull-up banners at the Closing Social venue
  • Exclusive invitation to sponsors’ lunch
  • Opportunity to provide company branded materials

 

Gold Sponsor – Unlimited slots USD 5,000 (or IDR equivalent)
  • One exhibition counter
  • Recognition at APAC DNS Forum 2024 Opening and Closing Plenary
  • Rotating logo display on the event website
  • Logo on event signage and backdrops
  • Virtual logo placement during breaks
  • Display of company pull-up banners at event venue
  • Exclusive Invitation to sponsors’ lunch
  • Opportunity to provide company branded materials

 

Refreshments – 1 slot USD 2,500 (or IDR equivalent)
  • Rotating logo display on the event website
  • Logo on 600 drink cups
  • Display of company pull-up banner at the refreshment location
  • Exclusive invitation to sponsors’ lunch

 

Community Sponsor – Unlimited slots USD 2,000 (or IDR equivalent)
  • Rotating logo display on the event website
  • Logo on event signage and backdrops
  • Virtual logo placement during breaks
  • Display of company pull-up banner at event venue
  • Exclusive invitation to sponsors’ lunch
  • Opportunity to provide company branded materials

 

Internet Connectivity and Bandwidth – 1 slot In-kind

Requirement: Sponsor to provide Internet connectivity and bandwidth.

  • Prominent logo placement on event website (large) including sponsors showcase: 100 words company profile and short video highlighting products and services
  • Logo on event signage and backdrops
  • Virtual logo placement during breaks
  • Display of company pull-up banner at event venue
  • Exclusive invitation to sponsors’ lunch
  • Opportunity to provide company branded materials

Visitor Information

Visa & Travel
Health & Safety
Hotel Booking

Entry Requirement 

You may verify Indonesia’s Visa requirements for your country of origin and apply for a Visa via the official e-Visa website for Indonesia. Additionally, the Bali Provincial Government has implemented a new mandatory tourist levy of IDR 150,000 (about USD 10 equivalent) for all visitors to support efforts in preserving the nature and culture of Bali. Visitors are strongly encouraged to make payment online via the Love Bali – Bali Provincial Government website before departure to Bali.

Bali Airport and Transportation

Bali’s primary international airport is the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as “Denpasar International Airport”). Various transport options are available, ranging from taxis to shuttle services, for your transfer from the airport to your hotel. More details can be found on the airport public transport page.

Additional Considerations

Bali is known for its stunning scenery and rich culture, and respecting local traditions and customs is essential to ensure an enjoyable and harmonious visit. It is recommended to acquaint yourself with Bali’s local rules and customs.

The weather on the island can vary significantly. Stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts by visiting the Bali weather forecast page

Health and Safety Measures

ICANN org monitors local health and safety risks, alongside relevant advisories and guidance from governmental and related public agencies. We collaborate closely with our local partners supporting the event to formulate and execute comprehensive event safety plans and procedures, ensuring a safe, healthy, and productive meeting environment.

Further details are provided below and will be updated as necessary. However, ICANN retains the right to adjust these plans should the situation prior to or during the meeting necessitate action to mitigate an outbreak or reduce the overall risk to delegates.

As a reminder, it is the responsibility of travellers to obtain adequate traveller and health insurance, covering any expenses incurred due to illness or injury while travelling.

Medical Services in Bali

 Should you feel unwell during the event, we strongly advise limiting in-person activities and opting for virtual participation from your hotel room. If you decide to participate in any in-person activities while unwell or after exposure to an ill individual, we strongly recommend wearing a properly fitting mask to minimise risk to others.

 Attendees seeking medical assistance for minor-to-moderate illness or injury during the event are encouraged to approach any resort staff for directions to the in-house clinic services provided at The Westin Resort or to visit the nearby Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) Nusa Dua. For details regarding the medical services offered by BIMC Nusa Dua, please refer to this link.

 In case of medical emergencies, please dial +62-361-3000-911 (24-hour hotline) immediately to access BIMC emergency ambulance services. 

COVID-19

The Indonesian Government has ceased COVID-19 testing, and any resultant quarantine measures are no longer in effect. Nevertheless, individuals testing positive for COVID-19 must refrain from entering The Westin Resort meeting spaces.

 

Hotel Booking

Besides the event venue (The Westin Resort Nusa Dua), there are also other hotel choices nearby offering special rates to event attendees for their stay in Bali. See below for the list of hotels with reservation links to book a room with special rates.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is a contemporary, five-star resort in Bali. It is the event venue for the APAC DNS Forum.

  • Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, ITDC Lot N-3 Nusa Dua, Indonesia 80363
  • Distance to venue: Hotel on-site.
  • Room booking: Click here for special rates.

Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort

Situated in the hills of Indonesia’s southern Bali peninsula, the five-star Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort boasts a bird’s-eye view of the Nusa Dua enclave and sparkling sea.

  • Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Lot SW 4-5, Nusa Dua, Indonesia 80363
  • Distance to venue: 8 minutes by car.
  • Room booking: Click here for special rates.

Merusaka Nusa Dua

A five-star beachfront sanctuary, Merusaka symbolizes the first Nirvana, a majestic and monumental dream destination that is enveloped with the charm and charisma of Balinese culture.

  • Address: Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S-3, Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia 80363
  • Distance to venue: 4 minutes by car, or 15 minutes by walking.
  • Room booking: Click here for special rates.

About ICANN

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

ICANN Website

About PANDI

Pengelola Nama Domain Internet Indonesia (PANDI) was founded in 2006 and received redelegation from IANA as the Registry of .id in 2013. PANDI is an association consisting of multi-stakeholder membership including representatives of government, Internet Industry Operators, and Academics. Number of registered .id has grown to become the biggest ccTLD in Southeast Asia with 951,421 Domain Names as of 31 December 2023. The .id domain name represents Indonesia, identity, idea and more, for it has its own Domain Names Disputes Resolution managed directly by PANDI.

PANDI Website