Participation in the IETF is open to individuals willing to contribute technical expertise to help make the Internet work better.
The IETF has no formal membership, no membership fee, and nothing to sign. By participating, you do automatically accept the IETF's rules, including the rules about intellectual property (patents, copyrights and trademarks). If you work for a company and the IETF will be part of your job, you must obviously clear this with your manager. However, the IETF will always view you as an individual, and never as a company representative.
The resources below provide a starting point for learning more about how to participate in the IETF. There are also resources available if you would like to learn more about about RFCs, the documents produced by the IETF standards process. You can also find out more about IETF meetings here.
If you are a new participant in the IETF, this page is meant for you. It gives a short introduction, some general advice to new participants, and a guide to sources of further information.
Tutorials educate IETF participants about the IETF, the IETF process, and specific technical topics.
The IETF Mentoring Program matches experienced IETF participants with newcomers in order to aid their integration into the IETF community through advice, help, and collected wisdom.