[Ecn-sane] [tsvwg] travel funds for ietf for the next SCE talk?

Tom Herbert tom at herbertland.com
Fri May 10 11:10:57 EDT 2019

On Fri, May 10, 2019, 7:00 AM Ted Lemon <mellon at fugue.com> wrote:

> On May 10, 2019, at 9:47 AM, Joe Touch <touch at strayalpha.com> wrote:
> The only  people who get a fully free ride that I know of are the IEEE
> Comsoc Board.
> Hm.  I’ve never paid to attend IETF.  Granted, this is not because IETF
> comped me, but because I was fortunate enough to have an employer who could
> afford to send me at no cost to me.


I have paid to attend IETF. It is expensive. In fact, for Prague IETF
registration alone plus VAT cost twice as much as the airfare to get there
from US! I was only able to justify the trip only because we ran Netdev
conference at the same location a week before.

> This model unfortunately doesn’t work for open source developers who are
> not on the payroll of a company with deep pockets.

Yes, and I hope this is considered a bad thing lest IETF becomes an elitist
organization with only a handful of bigger players running the show.

Maybe there should be a "non-sponsored" registration tier with a discount
to help make it affordable for the little guys.


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