Mentoring Programme

The RIPE Meeting Mentoring programme matches experienced community members with newcomers.

For the past 25 years, RIPE Meetings have brought together thousands of people interested in Internet operations, policy and governance. As the RIPE community evolves, it is important that everyone feels welcome and comfortable participating, regardless of technical ability or career level.

Mentoring programme milestones

  • Monday, 12 April: Mentor/mentee application open
  • Monday, 3 May: Deadline to apply for mentorship programme
  • Friday, 7 May: Mentor/mentees matches finalised and introduction email is sent out
  • Friday, 14 May: Mentors/mentees meet up

How to Become a Mentor at RIPE 82

Volunteering as a mentor is an easy way to pay it forward and ensure the RIPE community continues to thrive.

You can become a mentor by indicating your preference via your RIPE 82 registration page (link in the confirmation registration email).
The RIPE Meetings Team will then get in touch with you to learn more about your areas of expertise and help you find a good match.

Please make sure to indicate your preference before Monday, 3 May, so that we have enough time to match mentors with mentees based on mutual interests.

What we expect from Mentors

  • Once your match is confirmed, get in touch with your mentee, to introduce yourself and find out what they want to get from the meeting
  • Participate with your mentee to the Mentor/Mentee Meet up on Friday, 14 May
  • Arrange a few ‘virtual’ coffee chats throughout the meeting week to check-in.
  • Be available for questions before, during and after the meeting.

How to Become a RIPE Meeting Mentee

If you want to join the programme, all you need to do is tick the “Yes, I want to be paired with a Mentor” box on your RIPE 82 registration page (link in the confirmation registration email).

The RIPE Meetings Team will then get in touch with you to learn more about your areas of interest in order to find a good match.

Please make sure to indicate your preference before Monday, 3 May, so that we have enough time to match mentors with mentees based on mutual interests.

What we expect from Mentees

  • Provide your mentor with an idea of what you want to achieve at the RIPE Meeting and how they can help you
  • Participate with your mentor at the mentor/mentee Meet up on Friday, 14 May
  • Contact your mentor when you have questions

If you have any question and/or you need more information, please contact the RIPE Meeting Team at meeting [at] ripe [dot] net.