Important decisions on core Internet functions will be made in Hamburg from October 21 to 26, 2023, at the 78th meeting of the Internet Governance Organization ICANN. The Annual General Meeting is the most important for the Internet community in 2023, because it offers a good opportunity on site in Hamburg to also contribute German and European perspectives for the further development of the global Internet.
As the operator of the .hamburg top-level domain, we are pleased that the meeting is hosted by eco-Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V. and DENIC e.G. together with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
With the hvv-APP you can travel comfortably through Hamburg, see current information about timetables and connections and buy tickets for bus, train and ferry.
Kiekmo offers you a daily updated overview of cultural and leisure events in Hamburg and helps you discover and book the city’s diverse offerings, including tips for restaurants and nightlife.
Founded in 1992, the Hamburg Blue Devils have played a major role in shaping the football scene in Germany and Europe, winning various national and international titles in recent years.
Standard Hamburg aims to establish the aperitivo culture and accompanies all drinks with a daily changing selection of stuzzichini.
The Haifischbar Hamburg is a legendary meeting place with a maritime atmosphere and history, known for its historical significance as a former pub for dockworkers and a must for visitors to Hamburg who want to immerse themselves in the authentic atmosphere of the city.
The sustainable fashion brand 8beaufort produces unique sneakers and bags from discarded sails and wants to conquer the fashion world in maritime Hamburg with its creative design and sustainability.
B‑LAGE is a collective design store with a pop-up area located in the heart of the Hamburg Schanzenviertel where young companies have the opportunity to present their products and ideas to an interested audience, while increasing their own visibility and market value.
Every Sunday morning, the legendary fish market in Hamburg attracts visitors to the Elbe, where just about everything is traded, from lush fruit baskets to fresh fish and sausages, to porcelain, textiles, and greenery.
The over 100-year-old Elbe Tunnel in Hamburg is a significant architectural highlight and a piece of Hamburg’s history, which can be easily and free of charge accessed with the Hamburg City Pass and its included public transportation ticket.
The Speicherstadt, with its narrow canals, bridges, and historic buildings, is a must-see for any Hamburg visit and was declared Germany’s 40th UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, featuring the Miniatur Wunderland, Wasserschloss, and Traditionsschiffhafen.
The loop around the Außenalster is Hamburg’s most popular running route, leading through beautiful green spaces in the middle of the metropolis and offering a breathtaking view of the lake and the passing sailboats in warm weather.
One way to explore the Hanseatic city from the water is stand-up paddling: you paddle standing up on a surfboard and can cool off in the water if necessary – it’s particularly entertaining when you paddle across the Alster together with several SUPs.
Experience a beautiful canoe trip through Hamburg’s side canals with varied stretches and beautiful views of parks, bike paths and allotments, leading from the Ohlsdorfer Schleuse downstream to the Alte Alster.
The Poletto Winebar in Eppendorf is the perfect combination of a charming wine bar and an appealing Italian restaurant with exclusive wines and sophisticated cuisine.
Tasting traditional fish
The Fischereihafen Restaurant in Hamburg is the top destination for fish lovers, serving up traditional dishes such as eel soup, Labskaus, trout, or lobster, as well as modern options like sashimi or prawns with red wine-chili dip and glass noodle salad.
Bar crawl on the Reeperbahn
Experience Hamburg’s vibrant nightlife with a pub crawl on the Reeperbahn and in the Hamburger Bergstraße, where you can discover lively bars and nightclubs and try local drinks like Astra beer while DJs play the latest music.
As a non-profit organization, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) coordinates the allocation of domain names and IP addresses worldwide and thus ensures the secure and stable operation of the Domain Name System (DNS) for the Internet.
„After Berlin in 1999, we are bringing an ICANN conference to Germany for the first time in more than 20 years,” says Oliver Süme, Chief Executive Officer of eco – Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V. „With eco, DENIC and the City of Hamburg, strong partners from business and politics have joined forces to make this a reality.”
ICANN coordinates the management of names and addresses on the Internet
For the Internet to function, domain names and IP addresses must be unique worldwide. The central task of ICANN, founded in 1998, is to ensure this in cooperation with the worldwide Internet community. As a result, Internet users all over the world can, for example, enter denic.de into their browsers and thus reach DENIC’s website.
Hamburg welcomes international net community
In addition to country specific domains, there are also so-called generic domain endings, including those with a geographical reference that have been available for some years. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has actively supported the registration of the top-level domain .hamburg, so that, for example, the website of the Hamburg police can be reached at www.polizei.hamburg.
ICANN meetings are held three times a year, each time in a different city around the world. During the Corona pandemic, there were only virtual meetings. The 78th ICANN meeting will be held in Hamburg from October 21 to 26, 2023. For this meeting, the organizers expect around 2,500 participants from research, the tech community, politics, business and civil society: „I am very pleased that Hamburg will be able to welcome the international net community to the new Congress Centrum Hamburg. The meeting is a great enrichment for the city as an innovation location and ‚Smart City’,” says Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
Hamburg was already scheduled to host the then ICANN Annual General Meeting in 2020. However, the conference was then hosted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.