I was thinking either I should write about it or not, but hence how good it started, I can imagine this is the least I can do for ISOC and IETF to promote all the things they are trying to do.
So, long story short. Got the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF (https://www.isoc.org/educpillar/fellowship/index.php). After a couple of months of preparations, which were by the way handled amazingly by ISOC (thanks a lot), I am here at the IETF80, at the IETFs 25th anniversary! Can’t get really better than that.
Couple of things you should know. If you got to this page searching for any info on ISOC fellowship – do it. Go ahead and apply. You might not get it from the first time, or the second, or the third – but if you manage to – this is gonna be a very positive experience.
What to expect?
- A large group of people of different ages, with different cultural backgrounds and habits specializing in each technical area you could ever imagine
- An informal atmosphere that really makes it easy to start a conversation
- Open, enthusiastic people who believe in what they do and can talk about it for hours
- Probably the most different type of event you have ever been to
- Guys with very familiar names. Where do you know them from? Oh, right – you have probably studied from their books 🙂
What do you need to start with? Definitely, I can’t give the ideal recipe – but at this point I start to believe you should be a lot like those who are here – both different and similar. Similar in how you accept things. Different in how you treat them and give back. The key aspect of all of that is to try to keep the enthusiasm whatever you do – so it is still enjoyable.
And finally – this is probably the only place out there where, during a glass of beer, instead of cheers! you would hear: “For the universal deployment of IPv6” 🙂