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Meet the NextGen from ICANN59

24 July 2017

Deborah EscaleraDeborah Escalera, Next Generation Program Manager

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The NextGen experience at ICANN59 will be a lasting memory for all who were involved. After the meeting was over, the NextGen participants took it upon themselves to create a report highlighting their experiences. The meeting gave them a deeper idea of what ICANN is all about. Their individual interactions with the various stakeholders and community members brought to light how the NextGen Program is making a difference in these young people's lives and is helping to shape the future. We hope that before long, the ICANN community will benefit from their involvement.

Six weeks before ICANN59, the program Ambassadors and I prepared the NextGen participants. And once again, when they arrived at the meeting, I was struck by the level of knowledge and enthusiasm that these young adults brought with them. Presentation day gave them a chance to shine! Their topics were intriguing and their presentations were fascinating – and elicited thought-provoking questions from the audience.

In the report, you'll meet the NextGen participants of ICANN59 and experience what they encountered during their week at ICANN59. I think you'll find it an interesting read, and it will help you to understand the program and its importance.

I also invite you to take a look at the ICANN59 NextGen Flickr album put together by Nelson Kwaje, one of this meeting's participants.

If you're interested in learning more about the NextGen Program or becoming a participant in a future meeting, see the ICANN@NextGen webpage.

Deborah Escalera
Deborah Escalera
Next Generation Program Manager

Deborah Escalera

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