Using the Internet is a good way to participate in an IETF meeting if you are not able to travel to the meeting location.
If you are interested in participating in IETF 102 but are unable to travel to Montreal, this page provides the information you need to connect to the meeting sessions.
Registering as a remote participant allows you to participate IETF 102 using the Meetecho collaboration tools. Simply select the "Register as a remote participant" from the Note Well page. There is no fee to participate remotely in IETF, but registration is required to access video and other information via Meetecho. If you prefer not to register, you may listen to the live audio streams of the sessions instead.
The official IETF 102 agenda is (or will be shortly) available on the IETF Datatracker. It provides links to session materials (agendas, presentations, etc.) and you can use the agenda to join the Meetecho sessions, audio streams, and jabber rooms for individual sessions. Be sure to note the time zone for the IETF 102 venue. The meeting agenda is also provided in UTC.
Meetecho offers a synchronized view of video and audio, the official Jabber room, the current slides being presented, a shared note taking editor from the meeting room. Meetecho will be available for all sessions at IETF 102, including tutorials, with links to individual sessions available from the official IETF agenda when the meeting is underway. Note: You must register for IETF 102 and use your IETF registration ID to login to the Meetecho sessions.
The IETF provides stand-alone audio streaming for each breakout and plenary session. Please note that the audio stream is often shut down between sessions, so if you join early you may hear silence. You can access the audio streams from within the official meeting agenda.
Each Working Group and Birds-of-a-Feather session has an associated chatroom that is open during the meeting, which is available via Meetecho or a standalone Jabber client. The session scribe will type a running commentary as to what is going on in the room. During question time, remote participants can type questions into the chatroom and the scribe will pass the question along to the speaker.
Generally speaking, the chatroom name is the working group email@example.com, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org. Plenary sessions use the chatroom email@example.com.
For general chat and nonspecific conversations, connect to firstname.lastname@example.org; this is the default social chatroom for the IETF. Links to the Jabber rooms for specific sessions can be accessed from the official meeting agenda.
Each IETF meeting has an attendee discussion list where attendees can connect with each other regarding issues related to the meeting. Attendees are given the opportunity to subscribe to this mailing list when they register for the meeting. In addition, there are a number of social email lists for more specific topics. See the IETF Meeting Mailing Lists page for information about subscribing to the current meeting email lists.
If you are new to IETF participation, you may wish to review some of the information and tutorials to better understand how the IETF works and how IETF meetings operate. In general, most of the work of the IETF is conducted via email lists, with in-person meetings providing opportunities to work through issues and have conversations that don't lend themselves to online interactions.