A hackfest, otherwise known as a hackathon or code sprint, is a common way for free and open source software (FOSS) projects to engage and enable communities. As science and technology continue to advance and further accelerate the speed of innovation, DARPA's interest in building common platforms, toolsets, and fundamental skills has grown. That interest has long been shared by the Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) community as well, and DARPA believes that building an engagement between the FOSS and DARPA communities will allow both communities to benefit from and promote the use of advanced technology. DARPA's Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfests are set up to engage a community that includes more than just the core developers of a project.
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.
For more information about the DARPA Bay Area SDR Hackfast and how to participate, visit www.darpahackfest.com
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