The Martinique Startup Weekend, of which this is the first edition, is designed to boost the digital economy in the French Overseas Territories. Structured as a series of conferences, it brings together key players in the digital ecosystem such as Jean Crusol, Barbara Louis-Sidney or Cédric Manara.
As a major player in the French Internet and a partner for local players everywhere in metropolitan France and its overseas territories, AFNIC has decided to support the event.
For more information on the Martinique Startup Weekend, which runs from 23 to 25 March 2012 on the Schoelcher campus at the University of the French West Indies and Guiana.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.