The first thing that typically comes to mind when thinking of the IETF is Internet standards, published as RFCs. RFCs are the basis on which the Internet as we know it is built. RFCs are evidence of the importance of words, especially carefully crafted and reviewed words that specify what each network protocol does and how it works. The IETF Hackathon promotes running code to complement existing RFCs and accelerate the creation of new network protocols that improve the functionality, manageability, and security of the Internet.
IETF 105 was a return trip to Montreal, having been here the same time last year for IETF 102. As has become the tradition, the IETF meeting kicked off with an IETF Hackathon. The first IETF Hackathon, at IETF 92 in Dallas, had around 40 participants working on 6 projects related to a few IETF working groups. At the IETF 105 Hackathon, July 20-21 in Montreal, over 300 participants worked on over 40 projects representing most IETF working groups. These included projects on QUIC, MUD, TLS 1.3, YANG, NETCONF, RESTCONF, DNS, DNS over HTTP, WebRTC, and many more.