RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI)
The RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) aims to involve members of the academic community with the RIPE community by inviting them to present their Internet-related research at the twice-yearly RIPE Meetings organised by the RIPE NCC. The RIPE community has strong ties with the academic community ever since the beginning of the Internet in Europe, and the goal of RACI is to strengthen those ties while promoting the work of talented researchers and academics in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
RACI gives researchers and academics the opportunity to present their work in front of some the leading technical figures in the Internet world, receive feedback on their research from experts and have their work published on the RIPE Labs website for community feedback.
RACI provides complimentary tickets to the RIPE Meetings, which last five days and regularly attract over 500 attendees from the Internet community. The tickets, worth EUR 350, entitle the academics to attend all RIPE Meeting sessions and have access to lunch and social events at the meeting venue. This is an outstanding opportunity to present their research and network with some of the key figures in the Internet world.
The initiative is coordinated with the RIPE Programme Committee to allow the six RACI academics to present their research at RIPE Meetings, either during plenary/working group sessions, or in lightning talks at other designated sessions.
The next selected RACI delegate will attend the RIPE 67 Meeting in Athens from 14-18 October 2013. If you are interested in applying for attendance as part of RACI, simply fill out the application form available on the RIPE 67 website.
The RIPE community consists of any individuals, organisations, academic institutions, governments and other parties that have an interest in the way the Internet is managed, structured or governed. Many of the world’s leading Internet operators, ISPs and technical leaders are involved in RIPE. The main goal of RACI is to expose this community to the work and research of young academics for the benefit of RIPE and for the academics themselves.
Academics may wish to propose presentations on research in these areas, which are discussed at RIPE Meetings:
- Network measurement and analysis
- IPv6 deployment
- BGP routing
- Network security
- Internet governance
However, this list is not exhaustive and the community is receptive to all relevant topics of interest.
Benefits of RACI
Those academics selected by RACI:
- Are awarded complimentary, week-long tickets to the upcoming RIPE Meeting and its social functions
- Represent their departments and institutions within an international, open forum, attended by some of the largest and most prominent technological organisations in the world
- Present their research at the upcoming RIPE Meeting
- Receive valuable input and critique regarding their work from industry experts and attendees
- Experience the professional networking environment with parties from a variety of nations and backgrounds, and get their perspectives on current topics of interest
- Network with the “movers and shakers” of Internet infrastructure and governance, enhancing career and development prospects - previous RIPE Meeting attendees and sponsors have included some of the biggest names in related industries
- Publish their work to the technical and Internet community at large via RIPE Labs, a public platform frequented by network operators, developers and industry experts
The Application Process
All applications must be received by Friday 27 September 2013.
Applicants will be informed as to the status of their application by Friday 4 October 2013.