Vesna Manojlovic

Join APNIC's IPv6 Hackathon

Vesna Manojlovic
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APNIC is hosting its first hackathon event on 23 - 25 February 2018, in Kathmandu, Nepal, co-located with the APRICOT conference. Participants will work together on finding creative new ways to help promote IPv6 adoption and deployment.

We are proud and honoured to take part in the first hackathon organised by APNIC. We are happy to help by spreading the word in our communities, advising on the organisational and logistics details, and attending as facilitators and topic experts, bringing RIPE Atlas measurements data, pointers to previous hackathons code, and statistical data about IPv6 deployment. 

Of course, there will be stroopwafels... 

Please find here the link to the original announcement of the event, and the copy of the announcement is below. 

What are ‘Hackathons’?

Hackathons (hacking marathons) are events where a group of people work together on a pre-defined set of problems, intensively, for a period of a few days.

Mostly 'hacking' means coding, programming, software development - but there can be other creative activities involved. Although a Hackathon could be competitive, the APNIC Hackathon will be a cooperative/collaborative activity, creating free and open source products.

Hackathons bring together network operators, researchers, designers, students, developers, testers and maybe even experts in other areas (journalists, analysts, activists, lawyers, etc.) who could also contribute through their experience and background, despite of not having technical skills.

Attendance to the first APNIC Hackathon is free but will be limited to 25 participants.

Applications are necessary and open to all. A committee will select the participants based on their skills, diversity and geographic spread. Participants do not need to know a specific programming language or technology, but must bring their own computer to the hackathon.

Key Dates

Applications open Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Applications close Friday, 12 January 2018
Application review Monday, 15 - Friday, 19 January 2018
Selected applicants announced Monday, 22 January 2018

At APRICOT 2018 Kathmandu

Hackathon evening session 19:00 (UTC +8) Friday, 23 February 2018
Hackathon all-day session Saturday, 24 February 2018
Hackathon morning wrap up Sunday, 25 February 2018

Why participate

  • Socialize with other professionals
  • Exchange ideas and points of views about topics related to Internet measurements and Internet infrastructure
  • Learn new skills

Participants will also receive an APNIC Hackathon T-shirt, a certificate of participation and a chance to win assorted prizes. Teams with the most interesting results can also submit their project to the APRICOT PC for a lightning Talk opportunity at the conference.

Who should apply

  • Informatics professionals (Developers, testers, designers, etc.)
  • Telecommunications professionals (Networks/Telecoms engineers, networks administrators/operators, etc.)
  • Researchers working on Internet measurements, networking or similar projects
  • Advanced students of technology degrees

Apply now

Topic: IPv6

Although it has been more than 20 years since the 'new' version of the Internet Protocol was introduced by the IETF, it has not been fully deployed yet. Different metrics show that many networks are already using IPv6 but still there is work to do.

Participants will identify and help resolve IPv6-related challenges. Some ideas are listed below, although other ideas of projects related to IPv6 are welcome to be considered for this hackathon:

  • IPv6 Measurements (by country, by region, etc.)
    • IPv6 allocations/assignments
    • ASNs announcing IPv6 prefixes
    • Visibility of IPv6 prefixes in the routing system
    • Route objects in IRRs
    • Proportion of RIPE Atlas probes with IPv6
    • Reverse DNS delegations for IPv6 space
  • Comparisons IPv4 vs IPv6
    • Traceroute paths
    • AS paths lengths
    • AS adjacencies
    • Deaggregation
    • BGP stability
    • Reachability of prefixes
  • Different visualizations for metrics
  • Add IPv6 support to libraries or tools
  • Develop tools and software that could help IPv6 deployment

For more information, contact the Hackathon team at


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About the author

Vesna Manojlovic is Community Builder at RIPE NCC. Vesna joined the RIPE NCC as a Trainer in 1999. In 2003, she took responsibility for developing and delivering advanced courses, such as RPSL, Routing Registry, DNSSEC and IPv6. In 2008, she lead efforts to establish IPv6 RIPEness as a measure of IPv6 deployment among LIRs. In 2011, she joined the Science Division as Manager of the Measurements Community Building team; in 2015 she moved to Communications Department as Senior Community Builder, with a focus on organising hackathons. Vesna gives presentations at many technical conferences and workshops, and enjoys visiting hackerspaces. Vesna received a Batchelor of Sciences Degree in Computer Science and Informatics from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade. She has three children.

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