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. Here’s a short update on the process of developing the Code of Conduct.
The Code of Conduct Task Force will also hold a BoF during RIPE 84.
Everyone who takes part in RIPE 84 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.
Rob Evans and Vesna Manojlovic have kindly agreed to stay on as trusted contacts at RIPE 84 and have been joined by Lia Hestina and Saloumeh Ghasemi from the RIPE NCC. 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.
RIPE Diversity Task Force
This group of volunteers formed in May 2017 at RIPE 74 in Budapest. The Task Force meets on a regular basis to work on a list of actions aimed at increasing diversity at RIPE Meetings, including gathering gender metrics, on-site childcare, reaching out to local communities, and improving the RIPE Meeting Code of Conduct. Please join – it takes a lot of community work and we need your contribution!
More information: RIPE Diversity Task Force
Women in Tech Session
This open, inclusive session has been a popular event since it was added to the RIPE Meeting agenda at RIPE 75 in Dubai. The session aims to raise awareness and find solutions for some of the pressing issues facing women pursuing a career in tech.
We want as many men in the room as possible. A more inclusive and diverse workforce benefits everyone and we can’t make progress without critical mass. We hope you will join us to celebrate the work of women in the community and discuss challenges, solutions and share best practices.
More information: Women in Tech Session at RIPE 84
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
RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI)
RACI connects members of the academic community with the RIPE community by inviting students and researchers to present their Internet-related research at RIPE Meetings, ENOG, MENOG and SEE meetings.
More information: RACI
Do you want to help the next generation of RIPE community members fully participate in a RIPE Meeting? You or your organisation can become a Diversity Ticket sponsor tickets to help attendees from underrepresented parts of the tech community come to a RIPE Meeting.