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FAQ: RIPE Meetings

Show or Hide answer What is a RIPE Meeting?

A RIPE Meeting is a five-day event where Internet Service Providers, network operators and other interested parties get together.

The meeting is open to everyone. Although the meeting is mostly technical, it is also a chance for people who communicate regularly on an electronic basis to meet face to face. For this reason, we schedule long lunches and frequent coffee breaks during the meetings. Every evening, there is a social event for meeting attendees.

Show or Hide answer Why should I attend a RIPE Meeting?

RIPE meetings offer several opportunities to:

  • Develop an international network of peers and key players in the Internet community
  • Join discussions about the policies and procedures that the RIPE NCC uses to allocate Internet number resources
  • Participate in the RIPE Working Group sessions to discuss current technical and policy issues
  • Take part in plenary sessions, listen to topical presentations, view demonstrations and attend relevant workshops and tutorials
  • Meet with other attendees at lunches and informal evening social events

If you are uncertain what the meetings are all about, please see the past meetings minutes and agendas.

Show or Hide answer How and when can I register?

Complete the online registration form on this site. Meeting registration is usually open three months before the meeting.

Show or Hide answer What is the cost of a RIPE Meeting?

Full Week Attendance Option
The regular meeting fee is EUR 350.

Day Ticket Option
Day tickets cost EUR 125 per day. We offer these tickets as an alternative to the regular week ticket, they are meant for those who are unable to attend the full week.

Student Discount
A student ticket costs EUR 50 and covers your attendance for all sessions throughout the week. You must show a valid international student card upon arrival at the meeting. We do not offer any student discount for day tickets or for the RIPE Dinner.

Free Tickets for New LIRs
To bring new members together with existing ones and the RIPE community, all new LIRs will receive two free RIPE Meeting tickets. The tickets cover the cost of registration only. The RIPE Dinner is not included. You will have to take care of your own transport and accommodation.

Lunch
All ticket options include lunch and coffee breaks.

RIPE Dinner
Many attendees see this as the highpoint of the week's social events. You can buy a ticket for the RIPE Dinner at the same time that you register for the meeting. The ticket price is EUR 50. Tickets are often available at the meeting, but to avoid missing out, we advise you to book at the same time as registering.

Payment
We advise you to pre-register for day tickets and/or the full RIPE Meeting. You can pay in advance by credit card or bank transfer.

Show or Hide answer Where can I stay during the meeting?

Each participant must find his/her own accommodation. However, we provide you with a list of accommodation and general information on our website. Please check the current meeting page.

Show or Hide answer Do I need a visa?

You might require a visa for travel to a RIPE Meeting. This depends on the country where the RIPE Meeting is held and your own country's international travel regulations.

You will need to check if you need a visa to travel to a RIPE Meeting. Visa applications can take quite a long time, so you need to apply for one well in advance. You can request an invitation letter when completing the online registration for the meeting.

Show or Hide answer I'd like to present at a RIPE Meeting. Who should I contact?
If you would like to present, or suggest a topic for discussion at the meeting, please submit your topic via the Submission Form. Your topic will be forwarded to the RIPE Programme Committee with details of your ideas.
Show or Hide answer How can I take part in a RIPE Meeting if I cannot attend in person?

It's not possible for everyone in the RIPE community to attend a RIPE Meeting in person, but it is possible for anyone to take part using the remote participation tools, which will be made available on the Meeting website before the event begins.

Remote participants can watch live webcasts of every session live and ask questions using dedicated chat channels. The session monitor will read your comment to the room.

We also provide a live stenography service for each session.

All webcasts, chat transcripts and stenography transcripts are made available online in the meeting archive after each meeting ends.

Show or Hide answer New How can I convince my boss to send me to a RIPE Meeting?

Explain that a RIPE Meeting is a five-day event where Internet service providers, network operators and other interested parties gather. Since 1989, thousands of attendees have participated in RIPE Meetings to:

  • Develop an international network of peers and key players in the Internet community

  • Join discussions about the policies and procedures that the RIPE NCC uses to allocate Internet number resources

  • Participate in the RIPE Working Group sessions to discuss current technical and policy issues

  • Take part in plenary sessions, listen to topical presentations, view demonstrations and attend relevant workshops and tutorials

  • Meet with other attendees at lunches and informal evening social events

 

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