It gets worse. To attend every IETF meeting costs about $10,000 per year. If
we say one has to go to the face-to-face meetings, we limit the IETF to
participants from corporations or entities that will sponsor the individual
(pay to play?), IETF participants that have independent funds, or people that
can generate significantly more than $10,000 per year from their IETF
activities. $10,000 per year is not within a typical individual's budget.
This is more especially so if the individual comes from a region of the world
where the per-capita GDP is below $10,000 per year.
Where does the $10,000 figure come from? It is based on the following
One trip is far, so $2,000 for airfare
One trip is near, so $400 for airfare
One trip is in between, so $1,200 for airfare
Hotel: 6 nights (Sunday - Friday) at $200 average per night (including tax).
I know, Taipei is much more than that and Vancouver, including tax, will be
exactly that. However, the numbers are nice and round at $200. I often cannot
afford to stay at the conference hotel; use your own numbers for your own
Meals & Misc Expenses: $50/day for 6 days
So, the calculation is:
3x ($650 registration fee + $1,200 average airfare + $1,200 average hotel cost
+ $300 meals/other) = $10,050
It is critically important to note the cost is dominated by travel and hotel.
The only parameter in IETF's control is the registration fee. Even if ISOC,
sponsors, or someone else endowed the IETF so we could drop the registration
fee to zero, the annual cost for travel is over $8,000, which is still rather
I do not believe we consciously want to prohibit individuals from participating
in the IETF. I do not believe we consciously want to prohibit individuals from
outside North America, Europe, and select (wealthy) Asian countries. However,
this is one logical result of mandating people go to the face-to-face to get
On Oct 23, 2011, at 6:26 AM, Dave CROCKER wrote:
On 10/21/2011 7:58 PM, Melinda Shore wrote:
It's increasingly the case that if you
want to do work at the IETF, you need to go to meetings. I'd have
considerable reservations about asking for the kind of money you're
I've changed the subject line because the point you raise is orthogonal to
the main thread, but since you raise it, it's worth exploring a bit (since I
happen to agree with your observation.)
The dynamics that make this true seem to have to do with changes in our
community rather than in the nature of the technical work or the online tools.
So the question is how to move the center of gravity back to mailing lists?
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