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This page provides a summary of information and resources to help newcomers to the IETF get started at IETF 111.

Welcome to IETF 111 Online! We have several of events designed to introduce and integrate IETF newcomers to the community. Dive in and have fun!

Newcomers Overview

The newcomers overview is divided into four sections:

  1. Introduction and overview of newcomers activities
  2. Structure of the IETF
  3. IETF Meeting Week
  4. Resources

The entire tutorial can be viewed in one approximately 20 minute block of time. Or, if you prefer, you can view each section separately. This introduction was developed to help newcomers understand how to start participating in the IETF. It’s intended to be a practical introduction. As such, it does not cover topics like the history of the IETF or how to author an iInternet-D draft. Those topics are covered in other tutorials, available on our website. We strongly recommend that you download the accompanying slide deck.

Newcomer's Question & Answer Sessions

What would you like to know before IETF 111 starts? These informal Newcomer's Q&Q sessions are a way to ask those questions in a safe, welcome environment. We strongly recommend that you view the Newcomers Orientation before joining. These sessions are taking place at the following dates and times:

Newcomers’ Q&A Session #1
-  Tuesday, July 13 @ 12:00 UTC (05:00 PT, 08:00 ET, 14:00 CET, 21:00 JST)

Newcomers’ Q&A Session #2
-  Thursday, July 15 @ 23:00 UTC (16:00 PT, 19:00 ET/ Friday, July 16 @ 01:00 CET, 09:00 JST)

Newcomers’ Q&A Session #3
-  Thursday, July 22 @ 16:00 UTC (09:00 PT, 12:00 ET, 17:00 CET, 24:00 JST)

Online Escape Room

We are excited to announce a new networking activity for IETF 111: an online escape room! AMS (the IETF Secretariat) has built an online escape room in, and we are inviting teams of eight to play together. Teams will consist of four IETF newcomers and four experienced IETF participants. If you enjoy looking for clues and solving puzzles, this is a great event for you. The escape room will take approximately one hour to complete, and will be offered:

  • Tuesday, July 20 @ 15:00 UTC (08:00 PT, 11:00 ET, 17:00 CET, 24:00 JST)
  • Tuesday, July 20 @ 23:00 UTC (16:00 PT, 19:00 ET/ Wednesday, July 21 @ 01:00 CET, 08:00 JST)

IETF Guides

The IETF Guides (formerly known as IETF Mentoring) program helps bring experienced IETF participants with newcomers in order to aid their integration into the IETF community through advice, help, and collected wisdom. For more information on the program see the IETF Guide page or sign-up.

Newcomers' Coffee Break

The IETF Newcomers Coffee Breaks are 20-minute gatherings where you can quickly meet other newcomers and experienced IETFers. Share thoughts on how your week is going or ask any questions that you might have.  Coffee breaks will take place in the IETF 111 Gather space. Password: notewell

  • Tuesday, July 27 @ 21:00 UTC (14:00 PT, 17:00 ET, 23:00 CET/ Wednesday, July 28 @ 06:00 JST) 
  • Thursday, July 29 @ 23:00 UTC (16:00 PT, 19:00 ET/ Friday, July 30 @ 01:00 CET, 08:00 JST)

Tao of the IETF

A wonderful resource for understanding how the IETF operates and its culture is the Tao of the IETF, A Novice's Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force.  It is highly recommended reading for new IETF participants.

IETF 111 Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda is dynamic and changes leading up to the meeting and throughout the meeting week. The most current version is always online.

Many people also view the agenda on their smartphone; IETF meeting agendas are available for iPhone and Android. The app checks for agenda updates each time you open it.

Resources for getting started

There are a variety of resources available to newcomers, including tutorials and web pages that describe the IETF processes and provide overviews of IETF technical work. 

Finding documents online

Internet-Drafts and RFCs can be found online using the IETF Datatracker. You can search on title, author or other criteria.

Other presentation materials, such as meeting slides that are presented in working sessions, can be found (usually but not always in advance of the session) on the IETF Datatracker meeting materials page.

A more complete collection of agenda’s, minutes, and slides -- known as the proceedings -- is available shortly after the meeting occurs. Also, video’s of the sessions will be available on the IETF’s channel on YouTube.

Next IETF meeting

Stay tuned for the latest information on the next IETF meeting scheduled for 25-31 March 2023

Visit the IETF 116 meeting webpage