May 12, 2017: Hacker Dojo, Santa Clara, California

a photograph of Tom Rondeau speaking at Hacker Dojo in Santa Clara, California

I capped off the Hackfest Roadshow with a fun stop at the Hacker Dojo in Santa Clara. Like my other Roadshow stops, the Hacker Dojo crowd was full of interesting and talented people doing great stuff. Even with all of the talent here and everywhere else that I’ve been, there is still little real understanding of software radio. Walking a number of audiences through the tools and capabilities that I helped create with the GNU Radio community and that I use, it has been exciting to see these groups start to grasp the possibilities. As I have tried to make clear during these Roadshow stops, software radio and GNU Radio don’t make the world of electromagnetics any easier. What they do is make it more accessible to those who might want to hack, make, and innovate in that space. Engaging with the people in places like the Hacker Dojo, I am definitely seeing excitement about these opportunities. I hope we can take that excitement into some really great technology during the upcoming DARPA Hackfest in November. No time to rest, of course. I will be giving a talk on May 20 at the Maker Faire and on May 22 we will run the Hackfest Teaming and Information Workshop at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. I hope to see some you there!