ICANN is proud to announce that the NextGen@ICANN initiative will be happening at the ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles. It's an exciting opportunity for anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 looking to get more involved in the ICANN community. If this sounds like you, you're strongly encouraged to apply here. If you know someone who would be a good fit, please feel free to share this blog post with them.
Prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN initiative must be:
- Living / studying in the region of the respective ICANN meeting (e.g. ICANN 51 = you should live / study in North America) and between the ages of 18 and 30. If you are over the age of 30, please be sure to check out the Fellowship program here.
- Able to spend the entire week participating in the ICANN meeting.
- Interested in Internet Governance, the future of the Internet, and other topics covered at the ICANN meeting.
- Willing to present a 10-15 minute project at the meeting. This could be a presentation of research you've done, an activity you're doing related to ICANN's work, a website you're affiliated with that is related to ICANN's work, a thesis project you're working on, etc. This presentation will be attended by ICANN community members, ICANN staff, as well as your NextGen peers.
NextGen@ICANN is an initiative that was started at the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore by NetMission Ambassadors and supported by DotAsia Organization. It was then brought to the ICANN 50 meeting in London. Participants are introduced to the world of ICANN in an inclusive, supportive, and tailored program. If accepted into the program, members have their travel and accommodations paid for and are introduced to ICANN staff, community members, and many others.
As part of the Development and Public Responsibility Department, the NextGen@ICANN initiative is designed to help fulfill ICANN's public responsibility and continue to build trust in the Internet. As part of the department's work, ICANN has defined the need to engage what it called the "next generation" in the Internet ecosystem to ensure that ICANN and the Internet are more broadly accessible and relevant to their needs. ICANN looks to continue this work by raising the next generation's awareness of ICANN activities and Internet governance while supporting participation in these areas where applicable.
Like many community driven initiatives, this effort has led the way for solid programs by the community, for the community. In the upcoming ICANN meeting in Los Angeles we will bring together a group of individuals looking to learn more and engage with us. You can find more information and the application for the program here.