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Virtual #RIPE81 Conference Recap

by | November 23, 2020

RIPE 81: RIPE Meetings - connecting the internet community

For those of you who haven’t yet been, the RIPE conference, normally an in-person event, was a three-day virtual event where Internet Service Providers (ISPs), network operators, and other interested folks gathered to discuss key issues of interest to the Internet community.

One of the coolest features by far at the conference was the Spatial chat, which was a clever way for folks to network virtually. The meeting platform was next level, enabling us to chat and interact more meaningfully – which is a tall order for a conference that has historically been in-person.

Some of the highlights were definitely the Halloween costume contest. It’s safe to say that all of the attendees enjoyed this contest. Who doesn’t love virtual dinner with a vampire, werewolf, or a comically large sombrero?

The RIPE Atlas Software Probes Deployathon was another key highlight of this year’s conference. After all, Deploying software is the most fun when it happens together. This year the deployathon was virtual, and all was smooth sailing thanks to the guidance from volunteer mentors. The goal was also to celebrate 10 years of RIPE Atlas by adding 10×10 software probes over 10 hours!

We were also happy to see RIPE chair @MirjamKuhne at newcomer’s introduction, a blast from the past via the excellent spatial chat!

If you missed this year’s conference, not to worry – the next RIPE conference is #RIPE82, on May 17-21, 2021. Also, you can visit the #RIPE81 archives.

We would like to give props to the organizers and moderators – shifting the conference online was a big change. It was really nice to see our fellow attendees making the most of the change and how new tools and platforms were helping smoothly enable everyone’s interactions online. While we definitely missed the in-person component, having a virtual conference allowed our connections to stay fresh and we are looking forward to the next meeting in May.

“We decided to move our rather complex IP address and DHCP management process to ProVision and it has worked out great for us!! The team at 6connect were very flexible and went above and beyond to accommodate our requirements and helped to make the migration as smooth and hitch free as possible. Kudos to the team @ 6connect!”

Premkumar Subramaniam
Head of R&D
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