[NANOG-announce] NANOG Registration Fee Changes

Dave Temkin dave at temk.in
Thu Nov 3 19:54:39 UTC 2016

Greetings, NANOGers-

In February 2016, the Board began to review and discuss how best to achieve
our stated financial and organizational objectives while ensuring NANOG
meetings and associated agendas remain peer reviewed and free of any
external financial dependence or influence.

NANOG Strategic Goals are:


   Maintain Educational 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status

   Maintain Membership Policies and Procedures

   Maintain tri-annual, peer-reviewed NANOG Conferences

   Maintain community email list(s) and archive

   Maintain public presentation archives

   Adherence to NANOG Financial Controls and Reserve Policy

   Ensure funding to provide educational outreach

      Continue - Discounted student registration fee

      Continue - College Immersion Program

      Revised scholarship program (Combine Postel and Fellowship, convert
      to tuition based)

      Revise and reintroduce education courses

   Continue to drive increases in member value

It is understood that NANOG conferences are, by far, the largest asset of
this organization.  It is the delivery mechanism for several of the NANOG
strategic goals. At the same time, it is also the largest area of concern
when planning how best to achieve those goals.

The registration fee was last increased in February 2008, while expenses
related to producing NANOG meetings have continued to rise with both
inflation and breadth of programs and benefits offered. The current meeting
registration fee does not cover the cost of producing a NANOG meeting
without external funding associated with the NANOG sponsorship program.
Thus, in order to maintain our peer reviewed program and funding
independence, the following registration fees schedule will apply beginning
with NANOG 69:

            Existing NANOG 69 & Forward


   Early: $450 $550

   Standard: $525 $650

   Late: $600 $750

   On-site: $675 $950

The member discount of $25 for all registration fees will continue to
apply. The Board is confident that these fees set us on the correct path to
adhere to our reserve policy and ensure that the organization is protected
in the event that we were faced with unforeseen circumstances.

The Board met again after the initial announcement of these registration
fee increases at NANOG 68 to review the valuable feedback provided. We
decided that it was in the best interests of the organization to move
forward with these fee increases immediately and to programatically
consider our fees on an annual basis.

For the NANOG Board of Directors,

Dave Temkin
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