Hackers Rule at First Open Wireless Hackathon

SAN FRANCISCO – April 22 – You know you have a good event when the event organizer sends out a last-minute email asking attendees to BYOC – bring your own chair – because every seat in the house is taken. That’s how it went at the recently concluded Open Wireless Hackathon, where developers and security analysts had an unprecedented opportunity to work side by side and also contribute to the OpenWireless movement. 

Sponsored by the prpl Foundation, Riscure (kudos to them for providing the facility), ThoughtWorks and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the packed, all-day event brought together folks far and wide from the OpenWrt community.

Art Swift, president of the prpl Foundation, summed it up: “With the unprecedented level of connectivity we’re now seeing comes a need for a new level of security and hackathons like these are a part of that work.”

Check out the photo montage; next year’s hackathon will probably require even more pizza too!

Eric Schultz, prpl Community Manager
Eric Schultz, prpl Community Manager

Kathy Giori, Senior Product Manager, Qualcomm Atheros
Kathy Giori, Senior Product Manager, Qualcomm Atheros

Jasper Van Woudenberg, CTO, Riscure
Jasper Van Woudenberg, CTO, Riscure

OpenWrt community members hard at work
OpenWrt community members hard at work

Various pieces of hardware (Wi-FI routers, etc.) that hackers tried to breach
Various pieces of hardware (Wi-FI routers, etc.) that hackers tried to breach

No hackathon is successful without pizza
No hackathon is successful without pizza

About prpl foundation

prpl (pronounced “Purple”) is an open-source, community-driven, collaborative, non-profit foundation targeting and supporting the MIPS architecture—and open to others—with a focus on enabling next-generation datacenter-to-device portable software and virtualized architectures. prpl represents leaders in the technology industry investing in innovation in efficiency, portability and compatibility for the good of a broad community of developers, businesses and consumers. Initial domains targeted by prpl include datacenter, networking & storage, connected consumer and embedded/IoT. See: www.prplfoundation.org.

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