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RIPE Meeting Mentors

The RIPE Meeting Mentoring programme matches experienced community members with newcomers to the community.

For the past 25 years, RIPE Meetings have brought together thousands of people interested in Internet operations, policy and governance. As the RIPE community evolves, it is important that everyone feels welcome and comfortable participating, regardless of technical ability or career level. 

Volunteering as a mentor is an easy way to pay it forward and ensure the RIPE community continues to thrive.  

How to Become a RIPE Meeting Mentor 

Just fill in a form with a few details about yourself so we know what your areas of interest and expertise are.  If there's a match with a potential mentee, we will reach out to you to confirm your interest before we continue. 

Yes, I want to be a RIPE Meeting Mentor

Expectations for mentors 

  • Email mentee 2-3 weeks before a RIPE Meeting to introduce yourself, find out what the mentee wants to achieve from the meeting 
  • Arrange to meet the mentee for a coffee on the Monday or Tuesday of the meeting week 
  • Be available for questions throughout the week 
  • Meet again for a catch-up as needed 
  • Be available for future questions once the meeting ends 

How to Become a RIPE Meeting Mentee

If you are new to the RIPE community and would like someone to help you navigate a RIPE Meeting, all you need to do is provide us with a few basic details about what you're interested in. We will cross-reference your interests with our pool of mentors and hopefully find a match for you! Please keep in mind that mentor matching is done on a best-effort basis based on the number of mentors that sign up. 

Expectations for mentees 

  • Provide your mentor with an idea of what you want to achieve at the RIPE Meeting and how they can help you 
  • Meet with your mentor for a coffee on Monday or Tuesday of the meeting week 

Yes, I want to be paired with a RIPE Meeting Mentor 

Read: Why Role Models Matter (Especially in Tech!) on RIPE Labs