We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive RIPE Meeting where all attendees feel welcome to participate. We support and organise several initiatives that aim to make it easier for people from underrepresented groups to take part in a RIPE Meeting. Here is a summary of our diversity and inclusion efforts:
Improved RIPE Meeting Code of Conduct
The RIPE Code of Conduct covers all participation in RIPE, which means it applies equally to interaction over the Internet or in person.
Everyone who takes part in RIPE 86 shares a responsibility to follow the code of conduct and should look after each other. However, if you feel that someone has behaved inappropriately towards you at the meeting, you can reach out to the Trusted Contacts.
If you feel you have been subjected to behaviour contrary to the environment that the RIPE Meetings attempt to achieve, or if you have any other concerns, please contact them at trustedcontacts [at] ripe [dot] net. They will provide support.
This initiative aims to make it easier for parents in the RIPE community to participate fully in a meeting. We partner with professional childcare organisations to provide a safe, fun and diverse play space at the RIPE Meeting venue with a programme that changes daily. Childcare is available for children of ages from 6 months to 10 years.
For online attendees, we have put together some activities to keep your little ones occupied while you attend the meeting.
More information: Childcare
RIPE Meeting Mentoring
Mentoring is a really easy way for experienced RIPE Meeting attendees to share their knowledge and experience with newcomers. During the registration process, attendees can indicate whether they would like to volunteer to be a mentor or to be a mentee. We match mentors with mentees based on what their interests and areas of expertise are. The time commitment is fairly light; an email from the mentor to the mentee before the meeting to understand goals/expectations and a couple of coffees or short meetings throughout the week to check-in.
More information: RIPE Meeting Mentoring
The RIPE Fellowship aims to remove the financial barrier to attend a RIPE Meeting by funding a full-week meeting ticket, travel and accommodation for selected candidates from the RIPE NCC service region.
More information: RIPE Fellowship
RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) is back at RIPE 86, after being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are once again looking for talented academics in the field of Internet technology. Successful applicants receive complimentary tickets, accommodation and travel to the meetings and the opportunity to present their research.
More information: The RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI)
Diversity in Tech
We believe that diversity is one of our strengths. The Diversity in Tech session aims at helping us shape a safer, more inclusive, open and welcoming RIPE community. We aim to remove barriers that prevent participation, particularly those that affect underrepresented groups in the community. This session provides space for the RIPE community to reflect on its own practices, to learn from what has worked in other communities, to allow less-heard voices to emerge and above all, to listen to one another respectfully.
Diversity in Tech Session – Monday, 25 May 18:00 – 19:00 (UTC+2/CEST)