New and emerging standards developed in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)—such as WebRTC, QUIC, and TLS 1.3—are transforming the Internet's capabilities. Leading technology organizations and individuals support the work of the IETF to ensure there is always a neutral venue for advancing the technical foundation for the global Internet today and in the future. The IETF Endowment sustains the mission of the IETF for the long-term as it fosters and produces technical standards that improve how the global Internet is developed, used, and managed.
The IETF sponsorship program provides opportunities to support gatherings of the community directly through meetings, by advancing values at the core of its work, or as a long term contributor to ensure the continuation of the IETF's essential contributions to the global Internet. The IETF holds three meetings a year with 100+ working groups and 1000+ participants meeting to advance their work. These meetings are only possible because of the generous support of our sponsors. But the work doesn't stop when a meeting ends. Annual contributions go to support community-driven initiatives and innovative projects aimed at moving the IETF forward.
Supporting the IETF is an opportunity to align with:
The IETF and the standards it produces are known for their technical excellence. Your sponsorship demonstrates the importance your organization places on this as a foundation of technologies that operate successfully at a global scale.
Values in action
Beyond technology, the IETF community is adapting how it works to help tackle issues such as climate sustainability, diversity and inclusivity, and harnessing the power of “running code” to improve the standards they produce. New sponsorship opportunities provide opportunities to put your organization’s commitment to these values into action.
IETF RFCs define the building blocks used by the global Internet and millions of services and products used around the world every day. Your sponsorship supports the continued production of IETF standards as Internet technologies grow and evolve.
Global Hosts reflect the highest level of commitment and recognition among all IETF sponsors. These sustaining partnerships ensure the continuity of IETF meetings over terms of three, six, or nine years. Meetings, whether online or in-person, provide essential spaces for collaboration that allow the IETF to work smarter and faster. Global Hosts receive distinctive benefits for their sustaining contributions, and—through their ongoing commitment—are uniquely able to provide advanced input into meeting venue selection. The IETF manages the details of hosting for Global Hosts, making the process seamless and easy.
Sponsorship: $130,000 USD per year with a three, six, or nine year engagement.
There’s a lot more to the IETF than meetings. Global Supporters keep the organization running and provide support that allows the IETF to continuously improve the participant experience. Global Supporters receive distinctive benefits and are recognized continually for their support.
Sponsorship: $100,000 USD per year with a three, six, or nine year engagement.
Advancing Core Values
Ensuring broad participation, technical standards based on “running code,” and a global Internet that can continue to scale and evolve are core values of the IETF. Through annual sponsorship opportunities, your organization can demonstrate that it shares these values, and support programs that advance these values on an ongoing basis. Each value can be sponsored at Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels of commitment with varying benefits.
Diversity and Inclusivity Sponsors
Anyone can participate in the open processes used by the IETF, and the technical standards they produce are improved with broader participation. A variety of programs help realize these ideals by providing a path to sustained engagement for those who would otherwise face difficulties participating in the IETF. The IETF’s Diversity and Inclusivity sponsorship supports fee waivers to lower economic barriers to meeting participation, and the IETF Systers program which offers women participants the opportunity to connect, share, and learn with each other.
Running Code Sponsors
We believe in rough consensus and running code” is an unofficial mantra of the IETF and underscores the value the community puts on getting work done in the real world. The IETF relies heavily on dedicated volunteers to develop tools, design and deploy one of the most advanced networks during meetings, and run one of our most popular programs, the IETF Hackathon. Running Code sponsors are front and center for some of the IETF’s most attended events while supporting essential technology to support the work of the IETF. Your sponsorship supports the Hackathon, Hackdemo Happy Hour and the Code Sprint.
As a forward-looking community focused on the Internet’s continued growth and evolution, the IETF recognizes the importance of sustainability in both Internet technologies and our global environment. The IETF community demonstrates strong interest in making all our activities more sustainable. Partner with us as we take steps towards carbon-neutral operations and eco-friendly meetings. Typical conferences take a huge toll on the environment with travel, single use plastics, and food waste. We are making significant changes to IETF meetings by using eco-friendly meeting materials and taking a more sustainable approach to our planning processes.
Meeting hosts receive a premier level of visibility at IETF meetings, as well as a set of exclusive add-ons only available to the hosting organization. The Meeting Host opportunity is subject to availability as Global Hosts have first option.
Welcome Reception Sponsors
The Welcome Reception is one of the first major events during an IETF meeting. Old friends catch up, new attendees are introduced and the work begins. Sponsors have the choice between a standard Welcome Reception at $30,000 USD or an upgraded option at $50,000 USD.