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New Participants

This page provides a summary of information and resources to help new participants to the IETF get started at IETF 116.

Welcome to IETF 116! We have several of events designed to introduce and integrate IETF new participants to the community. Dive in and have fun!

New Participants' Overview

The overview is divided into three sections:

  1. Overview of the IETF
  2. Introduction to an IETF meeting week
  3. Overview of resources (people, tools, information)

The entire tutorial can be viewed in a 20 minute block of time. Or, if you prefer, you can view each section separately. This introduction was developed to help new participants understand how to start participating in the IETF. It’s intended to be a practical introduction. As such, it does not cover topics like the history of the IETF or how to author an Internet draft. Those topics are covered in other tutorials, available on our website. We strongly recommend that you download the accompanying slide deck. For the most updated activities, please refer to the meetingagenda.

New Participants' events at IETF 116

Stay connected anytime with the IETF New Participants' Zulip Channel Workspace

New Participant Q&A Virtual Coffee Breaks

What would you like to know before IETF 116 starts? These informal Coffee Breaks are a way to ask questions in a safe, welcome environment.

  • 15 March 2023 - 2300 UTC

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 4818 2586
Passcode: 603810

  • 16 March 2023 - 1300 UTC

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 851 4209 7571
Passcode: 497392

Attending the 116 meeting in Yokohama? Join our in-person activities!

All times below are in local time for Yokohama.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

New Participants' Overview

  • 12:30-13:30

This session is a review of the New Participants’ Overview Presentation and provides new participants with information on how the IETF works, what to expect at a meeting and much more. This session will be available via Meetecho and will be linked from the agenda.

Quick Connections 

  • 16:00-17:00

    NOTE:Pre-registration is required and available on your attendee dashboard. The Quick Connections is a simple and effective way for you to be introduced to a variety of experienced IETF attendees — often working group (WG) chairs — who can help you get more involved in your areas of interest.

Monday, March 27, 2023

New Participants' Dinner

  • 18:45-20:45

This event will take place at the Pacifico North Conference Center. Join fellow new participants and make connections.

Organized by Secretariat, please note that there is a $15 entrance fee as this is not an IETF funded event. RSVP is available on your attendee dashboard by using your unique confirmation number at the end of the link below: (i.e. Direct link to your dashboard is also available in your confirmation email.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

New Participants' Social Hour

  • 17:45-18:45

Come join us to chat about how your IETF week went! Refreshments will be provided.

IETF Guides

The IETF Guides (formerly known as IETF Mentoring) program helps bring experienced IETF participants with new participants in order to aid their integration into the IETF community through advice, help, and collected wisdom. For more information on the program see the IETF Guide page or sign-up.

IETF 116 Sessions for New Participants

Not sure what sessions to attend this meeting? No worries! We have put together a list of sessions that are likely to include discussions and new proposals that might be of interest for new participants.

Tao of the IETF

A wonderful resource for understanding how the IETF operates and its culture is the Tao of the IETF, A Novice's Guide to the Internet Engineering Task Force.  It is highly recommended reading for new IETF participants.

You can add these events into your calendar!

IETF 116 Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda is dynamic and changes leading up to the meeting and throughout the meeting week. The most current version is always online.

Many people also view the agenda on their smartphone; IETF meeting agendas are available for iPhone and Android. The app checks for agenda updates each time you open it.

Resources for getting started

There are a variety of resources available to new participants, including tutorials and web pages that describe the IETF processes and provide overviews of IETF technical work. 

Finding documents online

Internet-Drafts and RFCs can be found online using the IETF Datatracker. You can search on title, author or other criteria.

Other presentation materials, such as meeting slides that are presented in working sessions, can be found (usually but not always in advance of the session) on the IETF Datatracker meeting materials page.

A more complete collection of agenda’s, minutes, and slides -- known as the proceedings -- is available shortly after the meeting occurs. Also, video’s of the sessions will be available on the IETF’s channel on YouTube.

Next IETF meeting

Stay tuned for the latest information on the next IETF meeting scheduled for 25-31 March 2023

Visit the IETF 116 meeting webpage