The AT&T Foundry, UT Dallas and Juniper OpenLab Hackathon Update
We are off to a roaring start at the AT&T Foundry and Juniper OpenLabs Hackathon in conjunction with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas in Dallas. Yesterday the students attended a session on Entrepreneurship and today they are diving into an overview of Software Defined Networks and the Junos Developer Network. It’s events like this that give students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as developers, future business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Later today the students will start building applications using the Junos Space SDK to monitor real-time traffic, aggregate data for operators and dynamically provision network elements based on what they have learned. These are real life examples of problems and opportunities that customers face daily.
I’m always amazed at what these students come-up with and their ability to think outside of the box. Hal summed it up correctly yesterday when he alluded to the magic that occurs when a student goes to the whiteboard and starts the discussion with the simple phrase “what if.” My hope is that these students walk away from this event with new insights on what is possible.
Who knows we may have the next AT&T or Juniper Distinguished Engineer in the crowd or better yet maybe the next Pradeep Sindhu or Alexander Graham Bell participating this week.
Keep checking back throughout the week for more updates on what is happening at the event.