(Last updated 5 May 2023)
APrIGF 2023 is now calling for session proposals from the community. Help shape the program agenda with your submission. Read the CFP guideline now.
Please refer to the overarching theme and thematic tracks here
Session Submission Deadline: 7 May 2023 14 May 2023 (Sun) 23:59 UTC.
I. How to Submit a Session Proposal?
Any Internet user with interest in Internet public policy, technical operations, development etc. is eligible to submit a session proposal for APrIGF. Interested session organizers should review the evaluation criteria below and the various session formats carefully before submitting a proposal. Examples of successful session proposals can be found in Section VII.
Please be reminded that all proposals must be submitted through the online platform (green button below). Any other format will not be accepted as official submission.
II. Important Note Regarding Hybrid Event
Under the hybrid model, you should indicate the preferable format of your session when submitting your proposal.
- Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
- Online only (with onsite facilitator who will help with questions or comments from the floor)
- Offsite from the venue at a local hub (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Once your session is selected, the committee will provide the logistic details and a briefing session to ensure the smooth running of your session.
However, due to the dynamic situation with regards to Covid-19, the hybrid nature of the event is subject to change and the event organizer reserves the right to modify the event format. The event organizer will review the global circumstances regularly and make announcements of changes accordingly.
Session proposers must be fully aware that there is a possibility that the event could be fully virtual in the worst case scenario and should follow our updates closely.
III. Session Formats
Sessions are limited to 60 minutes in duration this year. Below are examples (in alphabetical order) of possible session formats. Organizers are welcome to suggest new format ideas.
- Birds of a Feather (BoF) – An informal discussion session designed to connect the participants of shared topic of interests without a pre-planned agenda.
- Fireside Chat – Share your experiences and ideas in an informal setting, and invite reflection or feedback.
- Panel – Presentation and/or sharing of viewpoints by speakers on a particular topic. The number of speakers on the panel shall not be more than 6 to allow sufficient time for interaction with the attendees.
- Roundtable – Interactive dialogue involving all participants with designated moderators and not more than 2 speakers.
- Showcase – An open space for any organizations to share their recent Internet governance activities, research findings or any new initiatives to seek engagement or collaboration within the Asia Pacific Community.
- Tutorial – A capacity building or peer-learning session on specific issues for the participants. The format of delivery and target audience shall be clearly described in the proposal.
- Workshop – A more hands-on session with small break out groups. e.g. role-play discussion, fishbowl discussion.
- Other – You can also create your own formats, as long as they fit within the allocated times and spaces.
IV. Program Timeline
- Deadline of Session Proposal Submission: 7 May 2022 (Mon)
- 23 June – Announcement of selected session proposals
- Early August – Briefing sessions for session organizers
- 28 – 31 – APrIGF 2023
The Program Committee within the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group (MSG) is responsible for evaluating all submitted session proposals. A preliminary list of selected session proposals will be announced by June 2023 after which session organizers are expected to finalize their speakers and/or coordinate on a merged session (if required) within a month. The program agenda will be published by July 2023.
V. Evaluation Criteria
Are the specific issues to be addressed by the proposal clearly correlated to the thematic tracks and relevant to the overarching theme of the APrIGF 2023?
- Detail & Clarity
Does the proposal provide all information requested in the submission form, specifically: fully expounded issues, intended discussion outcomes, viable approach to discussion, and the choice of moderator/speakers (and their availability). The status of confirmation and relevance of panelists to the issues discussed will also be taken into consideration.
- Inclusion and Diversity
Does the proposed session represent viewpoints from multiple stakeholders and provide diverse cultural, gender and geographical perspectives? Are there multiple stakeholder groups on the panel? Are the listed panelists qualified to represent various distinct stakeholder groups? Does the session contribute to the overall diversity of the APrIGF event? In particular, the Program Committee would like to see proposals that represent diversity in both the issues presented and the speakers nominated with respect to gender, disability and stakeholder groups.
Does the format selected, the number of speakers and the length of the proposed session support participation from the audience? Does the proposal provide details of how the session will be run to promote discussion and engagement from the audience? Does the proposal state how to incorporate remote participation and contributions into the discussion? Does the proposal include plans of the session content preparations and distribution of topic issues among the speakers/panelists/organizers prior to APrIGF event?
The MSG would like to see more collaborative discussions among the participants and panelists. A description of how you intend the session to be conducted i.e. a clear objective, method/process and scope for participation (from attendees) would help the Program Committee better understand your proposal.
The MSG strongly encourages each organizer to focus on submitting quality proposals to enhance the chance to be selected.
*Session Mergers: Upon evaluation, the MSG may suggest selected session organizers with thematically similar proposals to form mergers. This is to accommodate more diverse and quality sessions on the program agenda. Organizers are under no obligation to accept a merger, but may carry a risk of losing the opportunity to conduct their session.
VI. Responsibilities of Session Organizers
- Be inclusive and foster new connections among participants.
- Respect diversity of opinion, belief, experience and background.
- Design your session to fit under the APrIGF theme and tracks.
- Provide promotional materials per the request of the Secretariat for social media use.
- Make sure your moderators, speakers and you register for the event.
- Respect your time allocation, ensure sufficient time availability to engage with audience and remote participants and plan to maximize the use of the time available.
- Ensure that speakers are diverse in terms of gender, geography and stakeholder group; invite different organizations or projects to collaborate on the session with you; remember diversity is key.
- Promote APrIGF 2023 among your network along with your session.
- Submit the session summary report within 2 weeks after the conference.
- Participate in the Synthesis Document development and contribute with the insights from your session discussions. (recommended)
VII. External Resources
Remember that MSG members are always happy to help proposers by sharing feedback and suggestions of speakers for a session. Do not hesitate to send a message to the Secretariat and get advice.
VIII. Successful Session Submission Examples
Fireside Chat: Digitally-led, Inclusive Growth in the Age of COVID-19
Panel Discussion: Helping Kids Learn in Times of Pandemic
Roundtable: Decrypting the Encryption Debate in Asia-Pacific
Showcase: The Internet’s Technical Success Factors
IX. Post-session Evaluation
All sessions will be attended by MSG or Program Committee volunteers and a post-evaluation will be completed based on the following criteria:
- Compliance to the session evaluation criteria with contents of proposal submitted and the actual session presentation, including:
- Relevancy to the thematic tracks and relevant to the overarching theme of the APrIGF 2023
- The actual result of the session in accordance to the Detail & Clarity originally submitted;
- The final composition of the speakers or panelists in terms of inclusion and diversity;
- The actual engagement of the audience by the moderator during the session.
- Time management
- The evaluation will be submitted to the Secretariat for incorporating into the final post-session report for record keeping purposes and to review the quality of sessions for future reference.
- What constitutes a good session proposal?
A good session proposal shall have clearly defined and relevant issues to be discussed with concrete questions and agenda. A session with a confirmed list of speakers at the time of submission is highly preferred.
- Can I organize the session physically at a local hub?
Yes, you are welcome to organize your session at a local hub with physical attendance if circumstances are allowed. You may inform the Secretariat if your session proposal is selected. If you would like to organize your own hub, please read through the details here and submit the Expression of Interest form (to be updated).
- How many speakers should I invite?
The program committee encourages interactive dialogue among the speakers and the audience. Hence, the maximum number of speakers shall not exceed 4. The Program Committee prefers proposals that have a diversity of speakers from different gender, stakeholder groups and possibly geographical locations.
- Where can I seek help to find speakers?
You may join the APrIGF community discussion list to seek interest on the mailing list or seek advice from the MSG by sending an email to the Secretariat ([email protected]).
- Can I submit more than one proposal?
Each organization/individual is allowed to submit more than one proposal. However, it is up to the Program Committee’s discretion whether to accept more than one proposal from the same individual/organization to encourage more/new session proposers.
- Am I allowed to edit my proposal after submitting it?
Yes, you may edit your proposal until the session submission deadline, with no big change of the proposed session content.
- How do I edit my proposal?
You may edit your proposal with the edit link received from the auto-generated email at the time of submission.
- I did not receive an email confirmation after submitting my session proposal. What should I do?
If you do not receive the email, please check your spam, junk or other filter inboxes (sender: [email protected], subject: Form Submitted). If you still cannot locate the confirmation email please contact [email protected] for troubleshooting assistance.
After Proposal Submission
- When do I know whether my proposal is accepted?
The list of accepted sessions is expected to be released by June and the Secretariat will contact the successful session organizers respectively.
- If my proposal is accepted, what should I do next?
You should confirm with your moderators / speakers as soon as possible. Please constantly update the status of your moderators / speakers online with the edit link received from the auto-generated email for our information. Make sure your moderators, speakers and you have registered for the event. You will be asked to provide promotional materials for social media use.
- When should I submit materials, if any, to be used during my session?
If you have any powerpoints or videos used for presentation, please send them to the secretariat ([email protected]) at least 2 weeks in advance.
- Is there anything I need to follow up after the session?
You need to submit the Brief Summary of Session online within 2 weeks.
- Is it necessary that the session organizer be the moderator or vice versa?
No, the moderator could be a different person than the session organizer. A session organizer is, however, responsible to submit the session summary report and update the online session page. The moderator should attend the session in person, or else there should be an on-site facilitator to interact with the audience.
- Will I get funding support to attend the conference if my session is being accepted?
No, APrIGF has a Fellowship Program with a separate and independent evaluation process. All session organizers and speakers shall arrange their own travel plans.