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Join the RIPE NCC Hackathon Version 6

Vesna Manojlovic — 08 Aug 2017
Together with Comcast and DKNOG, the RIPE NCC is organising our sixth hackathon, the topic of which will be IPv6! Our goals are to promote IPv6 in Denmark, come up with new and creative ways to visualise IPv6 measurements, and hack together the tools helpful for IPv6 deployment.

Introduction

Hackathons provide great opportunities for network operators, designers, local community, RIPE Atlas developers and other enthusiastic coders and hackers in developing new and creative tools, meeting others in your field, and exchanging knowledge and experience with people very different from your everyday colleagues. 

Join us on 4-5 November 2017 in Copenhagen for IPv6 Hackathon! 

Focus on IPv6 Tools and Measurements 

As we announced on 6.6., this time around we have decided to combine the efforts for encouraging IPv6 deployment: we are organising Danish IPv6 Week, with three parts: hackathon, IPv6 Day and multiple-day training course. 

It's been 20 years since the "new" Internet Protocol addressing has been introduced by IETF. In the meantime, many networks have deployed IPv6, but some organisations are still struggling. What are the challenges that we could help with resolving? How much progress has been made over the years? During the hackathon, we want to come up with new and creative ways to visualise IPv6 measurements, and hack together the tools helpful for IPv6 deployment. 

Potential Projects

Participants

We are specifically looking for:

  • UX and UI experts, graphic designers
  • Colleagues from ISPs and hosting companies who have partially deployed IPv6
  • Developers familiar with Python, Node.js, Perl, Go, etc.
  • Network operators who can give feedback about what is really needed in their day-to-day work 
  • Researchers in the field of Internet measurements or networking in general, with specific focus on IPv6 

Details

Event Date: 4-5 November 2017

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

Location: A super-cool, top secret location in Copenhagen, Denmark 

Apply

Interested in participating? Apply today! It only takes a few minutes. Please help us spread the word to other developers and and network operators who might be interested.

The final deadline for applications is 10 October 2017. The jury will review the applications and will make final selections of successful participants. All applicants will be informed of their application status by 13 October.

However, the deadline for applicants who require funding is 9 September 2017 - in order for those who are selected to be able to get their flight and accommodation arranged on time. These applicants will be informed of their funding status by 13 September 2017. 

(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 13 September 2017. 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 visa, we might be able to offer assistance and an invitation letter - please state this in your application. 

We are grateful for the sponsorship from Comcast, which enables us to provide these travel grants. 

Format

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 credits for RIPE Atlas, and the most interesting results will be promoted during the IPv6 Working Group and/or MAT (Measurements, Analysis and Tools) Working Group sessions at RIPE 76.

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, selected applicants will 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.  

Timeline

  • 6 June Announcement to "save the date" 
  • 8 August Open applications 
  • 9 September First deadline 
    • information sent to all applicants: 13 September 
  • 10 October Second deadline 
    • information sent to all applicants: 13 October
  • 19 October Webinar: Intro for Participants 
  • 4-5 November Hackathon 
  • 11 November Results published as an article on RIPE Labs 

Jury

  • Nathalie Treneman, IPv6 Program Manager, RIPE NCC 
  • John Brzozowski, Chief Architect, IPv6 and Fellow,  Comcast 
  • A special guest from DKNOG
  • Jan Zorz, Operational Engagement Programme Manager ISOC
  • Vesna Manojlovic, Community Builder 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.

DKNOG (Danish Network Operators Group) was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing a social platform to further the exchange of knowledge within the Danish networking industry. The association organises an annual conference, runs an IRC channel and holds various other informal social events. The RIPE NCC is grateful for their support of the IPv6 Hackathon. 

Sponsors

Comcast Cable, our hackathon sponsor,  is one of the U.S.'s largest high-speed Internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. Comcast's Innovation Fund provides grants for novel technical research as well as development of open source software. Comcast has supported the distribution of hundreds of RIPE Atlas probes in a wide range of networks in North America and hosts two U.S.-based RIPE Atlas anchors. Comcast also sponsors other events that are run "for the good of the Internet", such as IETF meetings and the North America Operators' Group (NANOG). The RIPE NCC is grateful for their generous support of the IPv6 Hackathon. 

 

 

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