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IETF Guides

The IETF Guides Program matches experienced IETF participants with newcomers in order to aid their integration into the IETF community through advice, help, and collected wisdom.

The guidance provided should speed up the time it takes for newcomers to become active, contributing members of the IETF.

To Request a Guide

The Program focuses on assisting participants who are newcomers to the IETF, but is open to all. For more information, please review the FAQ for potential participants

To request a Guide for an upcoming IETF, please visit the Request a Guide page, and create an account.  Be sure to fill out as much detail as you can (interested topics, arrival dates, home country, etc) so we can find a Guide that best matches your needs.

To Become a Guide

A guide plays the role of advisor, coach, and teacher, providing the guidance needed to assist program participants in developing the skills needed to participate effectively within the IETF standards process. For more information on the skills required, please see the FAQ for potential guides.

To sign up as a Guide please visit the become a guide page, and create an account.  Be sure to specify what topic areas you’re interested in.  If you’ve been a guide in the past and requested your profile be saved, you still need to log into your profile to update your arrival date.  We use this date to determine whether or not you are coming to each event. 

Regional Guides

In addition to the IETF Guides program, some volunteers have offered to give regional-based introductions to the IETF.  For more information about this supplemental set of volunteers, please see the Regional Guides Wiki Page.