Do you live, work, or study in the Portland, Oregon area and have an interest in the data transmission technologies, practices, and facilities that make the internet function? If so, you’re in luck, because the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) On the Road event is coming to you on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Kimpton Hotel.

If you’re not familiar with NANOG, the association of network engineering, architecture, and operations professionals represents a large stakeholder community that works to improve the internet through collaboration, education and innovation.

NANOG On the Road (NOTR) events take place three times a year and like NANOG’s larger, multi-day meetings, provide networking opportunities and professional education covering everything from technical services, the status of IPv6 adoption and current registry policy, to developments and hot topics in internet governance. Unlike the larger meetings, there is no fee to attend NOTR to take advantage of all that NANOG has to offer, but you must register.

Some of the presentation topics scheduled for May 18 include Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Optical Networking” and “Getting Started with DNS Firewall.” You can access the full agenda for the event here.

If there is something you want to know that isn’t on the agenda, the afternoon cocktail hour for networking with peers at 4:30 p.m. provides a great opportunity to speak one-on-one with members of the NANOG Board, the Program Committee, and staff members onsite who will share their experience and further explain the importance of NANOG and its role in “Helping to Make the Internet Better.”

The NANOG on the Road Portland program on May 18 opens at 9:00 a.m. for onsite registration, badge pickup and breakfast. The program starts at 10 a.m. Advance, no-fee registration for the day-long event is recommended to secure your spot.