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DARPA Puts Techies to the Test at Bay Area Hackfest

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Posted November 22, 2017

Hackathons provide opportunities for the public to engage and interact around upcoming forms of technology. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, held its own version of a hackathon Nov. 13 – 17 in California.

Sabur Hassan Baidya sets communications with his team’s drone during the 2017 Defense Advance Research Project Agency Software Defined Radio Hackfest. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Darien G. Kenney

“Hackfest” allows DARPA to further its work in building common platforms and toolsets. Hackfest gives the free and open-source software community a chance to build engagement with DARPA in a mutually beneficial way. DARPA’s Software Defined Radio Hackfests were created to engage a broader audience, more than simply the core developers of a project.

Here’s why DARPA says Hackfest is so important:

The physical and cyber worlds are becoming inseparable. Computers, home appliances, vehicles, cameras, and the myriad handheld devices upon which we all now depend are wirelessly connected to each other and to ourselves, with each system striving to achieve its respective mission in an ever more congested electromagnetic (EM) space. The DARPA Bay Area SDR Hackfest is designed to explore and better understand the complex relationships we are creating within the EM spectrum, and examine in particular the cyber-physical intersection of software defined radio (SDR) and remotely piloted aircraft.

More than 130 people came together for the start of Hackfest. Many participated in brainstorming sessions which were promoted on Twitter. The sessions are a great way for attendees to talk about challenges, opportunities, and successes.

The creative juices are flowing at the #DARPAHackfest as our first brainstorming session of the week comes to a close. Attendees interested in learning more about these daily calls for ideas and discussion should visit https://t.co/VdeAzPW9Z0 pic.twitter.com/YjTELWPTRc — DARPA (@DARPA) November 14, 2017

Hackfest attendees participated in white-boarding, vetting concepts and testing DARPA’s fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Watch as the drones take flight.

For more information about the DARPA Bay Area SDR Hackfast, click here.

RELATED LINKS:
DARPA Bay Area SDR Hackfest
Bay Area SDR Hackfest Kicks-Off

 

Source: Armed with Science

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