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Nov. 4, 2018 – Nov. 6, 2018
Aug. 29, 2018 – Oct. 19, 2018
Proposal submission
July 31, 2018 – Nov. 6, 2018
Venice, Italy
Host IXP(s)
Nautilus Mediterranean eXchange Point, Torino Piemonte Exchange Point, VSIX Nap del Nord Est



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Euro-IX Patrons:

WIFI Sponsored by:


NOTE: Please do not make any reservation directly with the forum hotel! 

**Please note that there is no availablity at the forum hotel on dates 1 November to 3 November** If you require rooms on these dates, please look at nearby hotels:

Euro-IX takes care of all the room bookings at NH Laguna Palace Hotel so that every participant can benefit from our group rate.

If you intend to stay at NH Laguna Palace Hotel, make sure to request a room via Euro-IX on your registration form. There are limited rooms at the hotel, so please book a place with us as soon as possible.

Hotel: NH Laguna Palace Hotel


Address: Viale Ancona, 2, 30172 Mestre, Venezia VE, Italy

Group Rate: Single Room at €120/night, Double Room at €135/night (including breakfast, wifi and fitness). 

**The hotel is split into 2 separate buidlings with a private marina surrounding. Guests may be placed in both buildings.

Check in: starts at 15:00. All guests arriving before 15:00 can leave their bags in a room which will be provided by the hotel. Check out is at 10:00.

Cancellation Policy: We encourage all attendees to the Euro-IX Fora to give the Secretariat as much advance notice as possible if you can no longer attend. We understand that circumstances beyond your control do occur, such as illness, emergencies and last minute change of plans. However, if you know you are unable to attend the fora please where possible let us know as soon as possible, so that we can avoid hotel cancellation charges. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


From Marco Polo Airport


By bus 

=> 30 minutes by bus transfer to Piazzale Roma, then 15/20 minutes by bus to NH Laguna Hotel (45 minutes in total).

You can take the bus line no. 15 for 16 stops, and get off at Incr. Via Hermanada. The hotel 450 metres away. It's a 34 minute trip and the cost is € 7.50.

By train

There are several trains that leave from Marco Polo towards Venezia Mestre Station and Venezia Santa Lucia Station. Check for train times and connections to and from the airport:

The quickest route from Venezia-Mestre train station: The NH Venezia Laguna Palace is located about 800mt from the Venezia-Mestre train station. Bus line 43 (operated by ACTV) stops in front of the hotel. The travel time is about 10 minutes. 

  • Ticket (1 day - Bus+vaporetto): €20.00
  •  Ticket (2 day - Bus+vaporetto): €30.00 
  • Ticket (3 day - Bus+vaporetto): €40.00
  • Ticket (7 day - Bus+vaporetto): €60.00

By taxi

=> 8.4km from Venice Marco Polo airport - 30-35 min by ground taxi, costs start from €35.

Venice Treviso Airport


By bus 

=> It takes around 1 hour to get to the Hotel from Treviso Airport. Take bus 101 from Treviso Autostazione, to Stazione Fs De Gasperi (3 stops, 6 minutes). From there, you can take the RV 2873Venezia S.Lucia going towards Venezia-Mestre (3 stops, 24 minutes). From Mestre Fs C3, board the 31H -Ospedale to Torino (6 stops, 6 minutes). The NH Laguna Palace Hotel is right in front of the stop.

Tickets can be purchased here:

You can explore other bus routes and options here, and there is a complete bus information available here

By train

You can take the bus from Treviso Airport to Treviso Railway Station, then a train to Venezia Mestre railway station. Check here for train times and connections to and from the airport:

By taxi

=> 30km by taxi to the Hotel.

You can find the best prices for taxi's using this service:

My Proposals

Nov. 4, 2018

Nov. 5, 2018

09:00 – 09:30

Opening and Welcome

Chair: Andy Davidson

House keeping and welcome from the hosts.

Opening and Welcome
Andy Davidson, Asteroid
09:30 – 10:00


One representative from each newly affiliated IXP or prospective member IXP will be asked to introduce themselves and give a very brief summary of developments and issues within their IXP.

Our Members, Patrons and guests will then be given the opportunity to introduce themselves.

Andy Davidson, Asteroid
10:00 – 10:30

Euro-IX Update

Chair: Bijal Sanghani

Euro-IX Update
Bijal Sanghani, Euro-IX
Barry Rhodes
Eileen Gallagher, Internet Neutral Exchange Association
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:20

Public Affairs Session

Chair: Bastiaan Goslings

A panel discussion based on the EU NIS Directive and how it affects IXPs.

Panelists include;

  • Luca Chicchelli - TOPIX
  • Stefan Wahl - ECIX
  • Franck Simon - France-IX

GDPR and Impact on IX Business
Stefan Wahl, ECIX/ Mega-IX
12:20 – 13:00

35th General Meeting Part 1

Chair: Kurt Erik Lindqvist

* Last Call for Executive Board Nominations *

• Opening of 35th General Meeting
• Agenda approval
• Approval of 34th General Meeting minutes:

• Address from all Board nominees

• Patrons and Members voting

• Audit Committee Selection

General Meeting Part 1
Kurt Erik Lindqvist, London Internet Exchange Ltd., The
Thoughts on Patron Voting
Greg Hankins, Nokia
13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Technical Session

Chair: Mikael Holmberg

IXP in a Box
Florian Hibler, Arista Networks
Euro-IX Website and Tools
Bijal Sanghani, Euro-IX
Practical Operation Automation with StackStorm
Shu Sugimoto, Japan Network Access Point
15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00

Customer Views

Chair: Mikael Holmberg

Something New
Fabio Pelliciardi, Open Fiber
Customer Views
PJ Gallagher, Fastly
18:00 – 22:30

Venice Gala Dinner

Chair: Bijal Sanghani

We look forward to welcoming you all to an evening of food and fun, at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal. The hotel is located in the heart of Venice, just a stones throw from St. Mark’s Square!

  • Date: Monday 5 November, Departing from NH Laguna Palace at 18:00; arriving at 19:30 
  • Venue: Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
  • Address: Piazza San Marco, 1332, 30124 Venezia VE
  • Access: Via boat using the Grand Canal
  • End: 22:30, boat back to the NH Laguna Palace Hotel

Monday Dinner
Bijal Sanghani, Euro-IX

Nov. 6, 2018

09:30 – 10:30

Technical Session

Chair: Jo Fereday

Alice at DE-CIX - Through the Looking Glass
Johannes Moos, United Arab Emirates Internet Exchange
Performance Analysis Tools for BIRD
Maria Jan Matejka, NIX.CZ
OpenCDN: a model for CDN cache sharing among ISPs at
Antonio Moreiras,
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Commercial Session

Chair: Marc Bruyere

Distributed Cost Model at CRIX
Mauricio Oviedo, NIC Costa Rica
Be our Host - A Guide to Being a Euro-IX Forum Host
Eileen Gallagher, Internet Neutral Exchange Association
Euro-IX Fraud Incident - Lessons Learnt
Bijal Sanghani, Euro-IX
EU VAT Rules for EU and Non-EU Members of Internet eXchanges
Pete Taphouse, London Network Access Point
12:30 – 13:00

35th General Meeting Part 2

Chair: Kurt Erik Lindqvist

• Budget and Activity Plan for 2019
• Presentation of the Euro-IX budget and Activity Plan for 2019
• Approval of the membership fees for 2019
• Standing down of Board members
• Executive Board Elections
• Explanation of voting system (STV)
• Ballot
• Ballot count and results
• Any other business 
• Next General Meeting

General Meeting Part 2
Kurt Erik Lindqvist, London Internet Exchange Ltd., The
13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Technical Session

Chair: Robert Lister

RPKI, Route Servers and IXP Manager
Barry O'Donovan, Internet Neutral Exchange Association
Ondrej Filip, NIX.CZ
Brazil Initiative for a Safer Internet
Julio Sirota,
Optics Trends
Oezguer Ucar, ECI Telecom GmbH
15:30 – 16:00

Lightning Talks

Chair: Robert Lister

Introduction to PeeringDB API
Arnold Nipper, DE-CIX Management GmbH Traffic During World Cup 2018 Games
Julio Sirota,
Deploying a White Label IXP with a Partner in Nigeria
Nurani Nimpuno, Asteroid
Connectivity Report
Flavio Luciani, Nautilus Mediterranean eXchange Point
Venezia Important Tour Updates
Trefor Davies, London Network Access Point
16:00 – 16:30


Chair: Andy Davidson

Andy Davidson, Asteroid

Arnold Nipper Frankfurt , Germany

Arnold Nipper (born 1958) holds a degree in mathematics and is one of the founding fathers of DE-CIX where in his capacity as CTO/COO he has been responsible for operations and technical development from 2000 until 2015. Since 2016 he is Chief Technology Evangelist. The DE-CIX in Frankfurt am Main is the largest Internet Exchange worldwide where traffic exchange between Internet Service Providers (peering) takes place. DE-CIX also runs IXP in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich, Palermo, Marseille, Madrid, Istanbul, Dallas and New York and operates the UAE-IX in Dubai. Arnold Nipper also served as board member at the Euro-IX, the umbrella association of Internet Exchanges for the RIPE region and was Euro-IX liasion for IX-F, the Internet Exchange Federation. Furthermore Arnold also is board member of PeeringDB and a PeeringDB admin since 2008.

Barry O'Donovan Dublin , Ireland

If you want to confuse Barry, ask him where he’s from: born in Cork, spent his formative years in Galway and married into Dublin. He got a honours degree in Maths, his first love, from NUI, Galway in 2001 and went on to do four years research in information theory in UCD’s Computer Science department.

It was 2008 when Nick Hilliard, INEX’s CTO, approached Barry to provide a couple days operational support to INEX. Little did Barry realise what a huge part of his life INEX would become – both here in Ireland supporting INEX’s infrastructure and membership but also as part of the larger European and international IXP community.

Barry is also the lead developer of IXP Manager ( – a full stack management system for IXPs which includes an administration and customer portal; provides end to end provisioning; and both teaches and implements best practice. INEX is very proud to say that this project is now in use at over 60 IXPs.

Bijal Sanghani London , United Kingdom

Bijal Sanghani is the Secretary General at Euro-IX based in London, UK.

Bijal’s experience includes DNS management for DEMON Internet, Provisioning Engineer at Level 3, Senior Operations Engineer at FLAG Telecom and Reliance Globalcom where she was involved from the beginning to build the FLAG IP network. In 2011 Bijal moved from an operational role to the top management role at Euro-IX. Euro-IX is a non-profit membership association for Internet Exchange Points (IXPs). In her role she brings the members together to share ideas and experiences on technical, commercial and regulatory matters, and works on other IXP related projects such as the IXPDB (IXP Database) and support programs to help IXPs in need. Bijal has grown the membership by over 90% since she started in 2011.

Bijal has been involved with the Peering and Interconnect Community since 2003, she’s been a RIPE NCC Services Working Group Co-chair since 2005 and served on the UKNOF Program Committee from 2006 until 2014. Bijal was elected on to the PeeringDB Board in 2017 where she currently serves as a Director.

Eileen Gallagher Dublin , Ireland

Ondrej Filip Prague , Czechia

Florian Hibler Krün , Germany

Florian Hibler is a Systems Engineer at Arista Networks , where he is mainly supporting companies around the German-speaking region on network solutions in datacenter and service provider networks. He has about 14 years of SP/IXP experience due to his former engagements in the IP networking industry.

Florian serves as a board member at DENOG and is part of the Product Committee of PeeringDB.

Greg Hankins Atlanta , United States of America

Johannes Moos Frankfurt , Germany

Julio Sirota Sao Paulo , Brazil

Kurt Erik Lindqvist London , United Kingdom

Flavio Luciani Rome , Italy

Flavio Luciani is a network engineer with over 10 years of experience in the operational management of telecommunications technologies and services. He started working with NAMEX in 2008 and today as a Chief Innovation Officer he is working on the development and innovation of the Roma exchange point

Antonio Moreiras Sao Paulo , Brazil

Mauricio Oviedo San Jose , Costa Rica

Nurani Nimpuno Stockholm , Sweden

Nurani is the Chief Commercial Officer at Asteroid, a global interconnection platform innovator. Asteroid operates neutral Internet exchange points (IXPs) worldwide, and works with trusted parties in local markets to deliver efficient, local interconnection.

Nurani is the former Head of Outreach and Communications at Netnod, where she managed all external communications, business development, and Internet policy.

Nurani has been active in the Internet community in close to two decades, participating in and speaking at international Internet conferences globally. Nurani has served in numerous leadership positions and industry boards, including the ICANN ASO AC, the IANA Services Review Committee, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team, the ISOC-SE Board and the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Shu Sugimoto Tokyo , Japan

Stefan Wahl Berlin , Germany

Trefor Davies , United Kingdom

poet, music promoter, vintage campervan owner

Pete Taphouse United Kingdom

Maria Jan Matejka Prague / Kladno , Czechia

Maria is working for CZ.NIC at project BIRD since 2015. She is a software developer with experience in network programming and performance optimization.

Maria often floats on air in an ideal theory in vacuum. She appreciates hearing about real life problems and typical use cases of the protocols and software she is working at.

Oezguer Ucar Oberursel , Germany

PJ Gallagher San Francisco , United States of America

Andy Davidson Sheffield , United Kingdom

Fabio Pelliciardi Italy

Sunday Morning Activity - City Boat Tour of Venice & Visit of Murano Island Glass Factory


Venice at its best!

November in Venice is definitively special. The high season has come to an end, and the city can be now appreciated and fully enjoyed. wether the weather will be sunny or foggy, there will be a special magic about these places.

The tour will start in Murano, where some of our most skilled glass masters will show us the secrets of the millenary technique of glass blowing. There, if you wish, you'll be able to get some souvenirs for your family and friends, before getting back on the boat, heading to the main city of Venice.

We'll be walking through some of the narrow, typical alleyways (by the way, we will be a large group so make sure you walk on the if you were all little Mini cars!), to reach Venice must-see: Rialto, center of finance and commercial exchange, and San Marco, center of politics.

By then you will be starving, so we've booked a very typical restaurant.

After lunch, your guide will be available for an afternoon tour of the Basilica (upon request, to be decided during lunch).


09:30 - Departure from NH Laguna Palace (trip by bus to “tronchetto” and trip by boat to Murano)
10:30 - Arrive in Murano, visit to the glass factory
11:30 - Trip by boat to Venice
12:00 - Arrive in Venice
12:30 - Walking tour in venice
14:30 - Lunch
15:30 - Visit to the Basilica of San Marco

**After the visit of the Basilica of San Marco, everyone is free to explore Venice or to go back to the hotel. The guide will explain how to get back to the hotel during lunch




Sunday Tour is sponsored by:



Sunday Welcome Evening Social


Join us for drinks and food in the hotel bar & bistro. 

- Date: Sunday 4 November, 19:30 - 22:30
- Venue: NH Laguna Palace Hotel
- Address: Viale Ancona, 2, 30172 Mestre
- Access: Ground floor of the hotel


Monday - Venice Gala Dinner

We look forward to welcoming you all to an evening of food and fun, at Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal. The hotel is located in the heart of Venice, just a stones throw from St. Mark’s Square. The hotel has elegant surroundings steeped in history, it is the former palace of the Dandolo family, and housed during the 15th century the earliest "Ridotto" of the city, a sort of retreat for people looking for different kinds of leisure: courtesans, gamblers, brawls and political plots. The structure has a rich and picaresque past and Giacomo Casanova especially enjoyed it, being one of its famous and frequent visitors, providing the ideal backdrop for his conquests. The hotel offers stunning views of the Grand Canal, the church of Santa Maria della Salute and the island of San Giorgio. 


Dress Code

Usually Euro-IX does not have a dress code for the meeting or the dinner. However for this Gala Dinner, in order to relive the atmosphere of the "Ridotto", we suggest that all attendees come in smart casual/ business informal clothes. 

- Date: Monday 5 November, 19:30 - 22:30 (Departing from NH Laguna Palace at 18:00)
- Venue: Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
- Address: Piazza San Marco, 1332, 30124 Venezia VE
- Access: Via boat using the Grand Canal


Monday Dinner is sponsored by Enter:

Venice needs no introductions! There are so many things to do and see, but below we have a few websites that have some great recommendations about where to go and what to do:

Guide to restuarants

Venice attractions

Venice in 2 days

Complete guide (attractions, hotels, restuarants)