Juniper, AT&T, and NJIT Kick-off SDN/Network Programmability Hackathon for Local Universities
Jan 25, 2013
In conjunction with the AT&T Foundry and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Juniper kicked off an SDN/Network Programmability workshop and competition last evening (Jan 24th) at Juniper’s OpenLab in NJ.
This is the second jointly delivered hackathon between Juniper and AT&T over the last 5 months. The previous hackathon was held in August at the Foundry’s facility in Texas. NJIT is serving as the host school for the program contributing innovation and entrepreneurial content and program logistics coordination. Six teams of students across 5 schools – NYIT, NJIT, Rutgers, NYU-Poly, and the University of Pennsylvania – are participating in the program that will span a 10-day interval and encompassing on-site lectures and training, as well as an application development exercise leveraging Juniper’s Junos Space platform, a key element in Juniper’s SDN/management portfolio. Students will focus on building a software solution to monitor traffic and dynamically control network element configurations and application flows based on real-time network conditions.
Juniper and AT&T will be sharing information on SDN concepts as well as perspectives on the network/service impact and viable use cases with this emerging “intelligent” networking approach.
At the on-set, most of the students cited that they were both excited and nervous, having not experienced a competitive hackathon previously. But they are ready to jump in! Students will be judged on various criteria with prizes awarded to the top 3 teams. Best of luck to these very ambitious and very sharp students spanning Engineering and Comp Sci disciplines!