Finally, transitioning to an online hackathon was unprecedented and not an easy task. Tremendous thanks and kudos to the IETF Secretariat, NOC, LLC, Tools Team, MeetEcho, and Gather developers.
Despite its success, there is no mistaking that an online IETF Hackathon is not a replacement for an in-person experience. An IETF Hackathon Co-Chair once wrote,
“IETF Hackathons are collaborative events with a shared goal of moving IETF work forward. T-shirts and laptop stickers are prized takeaways from the event. IETF veterans work side by side with newcomers, exchanging ideas and collaborating on code. This is a great way for newcomers, especially developers interested in networking, security, and other IETF technologies, to have a welcoming introduction to the IETF and start making significant contributions immediately.”
— Charles Eckel, IETF Hackathon Co-Chair
Perhaps even more important than the work that gets done during the hackathon are the connections and relationships that get established working closely together on common goals and code. The social time during coffee breaks, over lunch, or really any time during the course of a typical hackathon, are extremely valuable on personal and professional levels. Unfortunately, much of that is lost in translation to an online only event.
The next IETF meeting is IETF 109, originally scheduled to be held in Bangkok will now be held online 16-20 and the IETF Hackathon will be held online, November 9-13.
Project champions are welcome and encouraged to add projects to the wiki as soon as possible. The ability to request access to special networking capabilities is also being made available more in advance. Hopefully this enables more of you to work more collaboratively despite the challenges associated with not being in the same room. will use what we have learned from our past experience to make the IETF 109 Hackathon the best it can be.
Registration for IETF 109 and for the Hackathon are now expected to open the week of September 28. To get the latest info, subscribe to email@example.com.
Hope you will join us!