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Join the Network Operators Tools Hackathon

Vesna Manojlovic — 30 Mar 2018
RIPE NCC and iNOG are co-hosting a hackathon in June 2018 in Dublin, with the focus on tools for network operators. We are looking for participants, sponsors, and interesting project proposals - you can apply today!

The 16. edition of iNOG (iNOG::10) will be held on Thursday, 21 June 2018 at @Workday in Dublin, Ireland. The following weekend (Saturday & Sunday, 23 - 24 June 2018) we will organise a RIPE NCC hackathon together. 

Join us! Apply by filling in this form 


Hackathons provide great opportunities for students, network operators, designers, local community and other enthusiastic coders and hackers to come together and develop new and creative tools, meet others in your field, and exchange knowledge and experience with people very different from your everyday colleagues.

Our events are cooperative, rather than competitive, and we produce Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS), to be contributed back to the community. Read more about previous six awesome hackathons organised by the RIPE NCC.  


Focus on tools for network operators 

Since this hackathon is co-organised with iNOG, we decided to focus on improving the tools that are needed for the day-to-day work of network operators: 

  • Troubleshooting network issues, or monitoring reachability of services, while making use of RIPE NCC data (RIPE Atlas, RIPEstat, DNSMON, whois) 
  • Detecting and mitigating DDoS
  • Automating the staging / orchestration of new devices / networks
  • Verifying the running / expected states and processing telemetry
  • New and existing visualisations of networked phenomena (shutdowns, cable cuts, traceroutes...) 
  • Improving existing network monitoring tools (for example, adding alerts based on RIPE Atlas) 
  • The integration of existing web front-end tools (based on RIPE Atlas APIs) into a network operator's "dashboard" view
  • Improving work done at previous RIPE NCC hackathons 
  • Giving back to the community (we insist on FLOSS licensing, & GitHub repository sharing)


We are looking for:

  • Anyone who is enthusiastic about cooperation, and can bring new, creative ideas to the mix - we are looking for the diversity of points of view, diversity of experiences, diversity of levels of knowledge 
  • Network engineers from all possible backgrounds (Enterprise, ISP, CDN, Content Providers, etc) 
  • Graphic designers
  • User-interface (UX / UI) and front-end developers 
  • Software developers familiar with scripting and programming languages (i.e. Python, Node.js, Perl, Go, Rust, R, etc.)
  • Support staff from companies with networking infrastructure, who can give feedback about what is really needed in their day-to-day work 
  • Researchers in the field of Internet measurements or networking 
  • Students, hackers, makers 


Event Date: 23 - 24 June 2018

Time: Saturday: 09:00-19:00, Sunday: 09:00-21:00 (including social event)

Location: DoSpace, Dublin, Ireland 


Interested in participating? Apply today! It only takes a few minutes.

Please help us spread the word to others who might be interested.

The final deadline for (local) applications is 10 June 2018. The jury will review the applications and make the final selections of successful participants. All applicants will be informed of their application status by 15 June. 

Please note, the deadline for applicants who require funding is 1 May 2018 - in order for those who are selected to be able to get their visa, flight and accommodation arranged on time. These applicants will be informed of their funding status by 15 May 2018. 

(Partial) Travel Grants

In order to help increase diversity of hackathon participants, travel funding of EUR 500 per person will be available to six participants. Applicants will be told whether they qualify for funding when they are informed of their application status on 15 May 2018. The jury will make all final decisions regarding funding, however, preference will be given to applicants from the "least developed countries", those working for not-for-profits, and those with previous contributions to free and open-source software and projects. Please justify your request for travel funding in your application. 

The organisers are NOT going to book any travel or accommodation for the participants. If you need help in getting a visa, we might be able to offer assistance and an invitation letter - please state this in your application. 


During the event, participants will be grouped into small teams, with each team focusing on a given project. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event. All source code developed during the hackathon will be publicly licensed and available on GitHub and accessible for the entire community to use. A variety of goodies will be provided for participating, including T-shirts, stickers and credits for RIPE Atlas measurements. 

Since we want to focus on collaboration and not on competition, there will be no winner and no single prize. We will celebrate the achievements during the closing party on Sunday evening. 

Prior to the event, the participants can use the discussion mailing list, EtherPad and IRC in order to coordinate the collaboration beforehand. The RIPE NCC also offers a webinar to the participants, where we give a basic introduction to the available data sets, tools and proposed projects, a week or two before the event.

Code of Conduct

RIPE NCC hackathons are events for sharing experiences, diversity of views, and have an open, respectful exchange of ideas – values that we want all of our event attendees to uphold.

Please treat each other with tolerance and respect. Free speech and an open exchange of ideas are encouraged and celebrated. Demeaning, intimidating or harming anyone at the meeting is wrong. We are especially sensitive to behaviour that offends based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnic origin, or other perceived social, cultural, or personal differences.

If you experience or witness behaviour that violates this Code of Conduct, please report this to hackathon organisers / facilitators. All reports will be handled confidentially.

Please be aware that attendees violating the Code of Conduct may be asked to leave the event and other actions may be taken as deemed necessary.


  • 29 March : open applications 
  • 1 May: First deadline 
    • Information sent to all applicants: 15 May
  • 10 June: Second deadline 
    • Information sent to all applicants: 15 June
  • 23 - 24 June: Hackathon 
  • 1 July: Results published as an article on RIPE Labs 

Organising Committee

  • Cristian Sirbu, iNOG organiser
  • Lorcan Boyle, iNOG organiser
  • Graham Barker, logistics, DoSpace 
  • Vesna Manojlovic, Community Builder, RIPE NCC  
  • Emile Aben, R&D, RIPE NCC

About the organisers

The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that support the global operation of the Internet. The RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation responsible for distributing and administering Internet number resources for more than 16,000 members in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. We support the global Internet community by providing data, expertise and a neutral platform for the exchange of ideas.

RIPE Atlas is a global network of thousands of volunteers around the globe who host probes that measure Internet connectivity and reachability, providing an unprecedented understanding of the state of the Internet in real time. The entire Internet community can access the data collected by the network, as well as Internet maps, graphs and analyses based on the aggregated results. Tools for analysing measurement data is shared on GitHub , and the measurement source code is open and available to everyone. RIPE Atlas is coordinated by the RIPE NCC.

iNOG (Irish Network Operators group) is building an open, diverse, and inclusive Community of Practice around network engineering. The Irish Network Operators Group (iNOG) began in 2015 by re-birthing community focused on learning, sharing, connecting, and having fun, both online and offline (with around 4 events a year).

The RIPE NCC is grateful for iNOG's support of this Hackathon.

About Sponsors

Each of the previous RIPE NCC hackathons had one or more sponsors: they help both financially, logistically, and by demonstrating their support for the Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) tools development. As a sponsor, you will be promoted during the event, and in all of our communications (announcements, blogs posts, Social Media); and you will get warm fuzzy feeling of of supporting the community effort! 

We are looking for the financial support from EUR 2,000 to EUR 20,000. We will spend your funds on: hiring the location, providing food and drinks to participants, providing several partial travel grants to increase diversity; T-shirts, good coffee, and a closing celebration (dinner and drinks). We prefer to NOT give material or financial prizes to participants, since this is the event focused on collaboration, not competition. 

Previous sponsors include: Comcast, Facebook, Akamai, ISOC, Euro-IX, DENIC, Afilias and Farsight Security.

Please contact labs _at_ ripe _dot_ net if you are interested in sponsoring the hackathon. 


Save the Date

Next RIPE NCC hackathon will be co-organised with Technical University Delft / QuTech; it will be held during the weekend before the RIPE 77 meeting in Amsterdam: 13 - 14 October 2018. Topic: Quantum Internet

All about RIPE NCC Hackathons:


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