CAIDA BGP Hackathon 6,7 Feb 2016 -- Call for Participation

What: CAIDA BGP Hackathon, Call for Participation (CFP)
When: Feb 6-7, 2016
Where: the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) on the University of
California at San Diego (UCSD) campus.
Who: Parties interested in hacking on live BGP data.
Important Deadline: Dec 22, 2015 for travel grant requests
Apply to attend:

CAIDA, in cooperation with CSU, USC, UFMG, FORTH, Route Views, RIPE
NCC, will host a BGP Hackathon on the 6-7th of February 2016 at UC San
Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA).
The theme of the hackathon is “live BGP measurements and monitoring”.

We will provide participating teams with access to data sources and a
toolbox: live streaming of BGP data, the new BGPMon interface, BGP
processing tools and APIs such as the opensource BGPStream software
framework, the PEERING testbed, RIPE RIS, visualization tools, and
data-plane active measurement platforms such as CAIDA Ark and RIPE
Atlas. Participating teams will work on "challenges" that extend,
integrate and demonstrate the utility of these platforms/data for
understanding or solving practical problems (e.g., detecting BGP
prefix hijacking, evaluating anycast performance, effectively
visualizing phenomena).

The hackathon will be held in San Diego the weekend immediately
preceding the NANOG conference and the AIMS academic Internet
measurement workshop.
The hackathon aims to:
- bring together these different communities, e.g., to discuss
  problems operators face that academics may want to research;
- advertise tools (e.g., PEERING, BGPStream to the communities and get people familiar with
  using them, and encourage further use in the future;
- get people working together on interesting/important problems,
  hopefully spurring further collaboration on these problems;
- provide extra incentive for students to attend NANOG.

Each team of 2-4 people will work on a "challenge".
The organization committee will propose a set of challenges to
bootstrap feedback and refinement based on community input:
participants can propose totally new challenges, modifications to
existing ones, and express their preferences.
The set of potential challenges is described in the event website at
and will continuously evolve in the days preceding the hackathon.

On Saturday morning, participants will very briefly introduce their
interests and ideas and teams will be officially formed. On Saturday
and Sunday, participants will work together in teams to hack and
develop their ideas, culminating in very short presentations to the
jury on Sunday evening and a party to announce the winning teams and
celebrate everyone's participation.
During the event, domain-experts will provide support to the teams.

Participants are free to work on drafted challenges and on their own
ideas in the days preceding the hackathon. A mailing list and
documentation will provide support on the platforms/tools/data used in
the hackathon. However, for the teams to compete in the hackathon for
prizes, they will have to demonstrate that substantial work was done
during the two-day event.

Application to participate in the hackathon is open from December
8, 2016. Application does not guarantee participation. There is no
application fee, and no participation fee. We will accept
applications until one week before the hackathon, or until capacity is
reached. However, the deadline to apply for a travel grant (through
the hackathon application form) is 22 December 2015. Travel grants
reimburse flights and hotel expenses.
Food and drinks will be provided throughout the two-day event.