European Internet Operator Hackathon selects Dublin

The RIPE NCC has teamed up with the Irish Network Operator Group(iNOG) to deliver a European hackathon in DoSpace on 23rd and 24th of June 2018. The free to attend 2 day hackathon will entertain applicants from a wide range of developers, designers, engineers, and enthusiasts around the world. Locally, the 700+ strong iNOG boasts members from web scale companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Zendesk, Workday and Riot Games, but also from vendors like Arista Networks, and local companies including HEAnet, INEX, and Hosted Graphite.

Cristian Sirbu, one of the hackathon organisers and founders of iNOG, said that "even if you don't write code or work with networks yourself, we still really want you to apply, as hackathons benefit from having the widest range of skills possible". Mr. Sirbu says that not just project managers, visual designers, data analysts, and researchers are invited to apply, but that as it is a learning and community event, everyone from students to those seeking career changes are encouraged to come along and learn from one another. "One of the exciting things about hackathons", says Eric Leahy, a long time iNOG member and contributor, "is that they bring people with different skill sets together which generates new and interesting ideas." RIPE NCC will be providing travel grants in the form of EURO 500 funding per person for those who qualify. Mr. Sirbu, who attended the previous RIPE NCC hackathon in Copenhagen highlights that "with greater diversity comes not just more fun, but wider perspectives, and an increased quality of projects across the board".

The hackathon will focus on developing better tools for network operators across multiple domains including enterprise, telecommunications, and small businesses. The general theme is that of improving user interfaces, visualisations, and troubleshooting tools, but also of incorporating AI/machine learning to aid with the automation of common tasks. Attendees are also free to build upon and improve tools developed at previous RIPE NCC hackathons which were hosted in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Bucharest, and Madrid. All tools and related code will be released as FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) to help improve the resiliency of computer networks and aid operators throughout the world. Attendees can also take advantage of meeting the local community at the quarterly iNOG event being hosted immediately before the hackthon in Workday Dublin headquarters on Thursday the 21st June.

Applications to join the hackathon are available here (before 1st May 2018), and more information about the event is available here.

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Seeking Sponsorship

Primary Contact: Vesna Manojlovic [email protected]

Each of the previous RIPE NCC hackathons had one or more sponsors: they help financially, logistically, and by demonstrating their support for the Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) tools development. As a sponsor, you will be promoted during the event, and in all of our communications:

  • all announcements
  • blogs posts
  • social media
  • and you will get the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the community effort!
We are looking for financial support from EUR 2,000 to EUR 20,000 and we will spend your funds on:
  • hiring the location
  • providing food and drinks to participants
  • providing several partial travel grants to increase diversity
  • T-shirts (with your logo)
  • good coffee and a barista
  • a closing celebration (dinner and drinks)

Note: We prefer to NOT give material or financial prizes to participants, since this is the event focused on collaboration, not competition. Previous sponsors include: Comcast, Facebook, Akamai, ISOC, Euro-IX, DENIC, Afilias and Farsight Security.

Interested in Sponsoring   Contact RIPE NCC  

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RIPE NCC Hackathon Announcement

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RIPE NCC Contact

Vesna Manojlovic [email protected]

Link to this Press Release

The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally. RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical co-ordination in the European, Middle Eastern, and Russian region. RIPE NCC allocates and registers blocks of IPv6 and the dwindling IPV4 address space. It also allocates the region's ASNs(Autonomous System Numbers) which are the routing building blocks of the Internet.

iNOG (Irish Network Operator Group)
iNOG was re-birthed in 2015 by returnees and economic migrants to Ireland seeking a community focussed around their technical network and security specialities. iNOG began on a boat with 5 engineers and has grown to more than 700 members with quarterly 100+ person events hosted in a range of locations. iNOG is building an open, diverse, and inclusive Community of Practice around network engineering in Ireland and benefits from having cutting edge global technology companies located in the heart of Dublin. iNOG hopes to target other cities in Ireland in 2019 and also host a specific university event soon too.