On behalf of the ICANN Board and organization, we would like to welcome you to ICANN78, which begins on Saturday, 21 October, in Hamburg, Germany, and online.

This will be ICANN’s 25th Annual General Meeting and it is a landmark event where we will celebrate ICANN’s 25 years of success. The week will be filled with opportunities to commemorate this momentous occasion, including a special panel session on Monday and a celebration on Wednesday.

Help us celebrate this milestone by sharing your experiences, photos, and memories of ICANN on social media using the hashtag #ICANNturns25.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the final meeting in ICANN’s yearly three-meeting cycle, and it lasts for six days. The AGM includes time for internal community group work and cross-community interaction and networking, as well as for capacity building and training.

With nearly 170 public sessions, ICANN78 has something for everyone. On Monday, the ICANN organization’s Government Engagement team will update the community on the latest geopolitical developments at a plenary session.

On Tuesday, you can help shape the future of ICANN by participating in one of two brainstorming sessions. Your ideas and insights are instrumental in developing the next five-year ICANN Strategic Plan.

And if you want to learn about the ICANN Grant Program, which is slated to launch in early 2024, a session on Thursday will provide an update on its implementation.

Whether you are attending in person or online, we look forward to seeing you at ICANN78!

By Tripti Sinha and Sally Costerton.

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