I would like to introduce the Mission teams we have selected for the Bay Area SDR Hackfest. We asked for applications earlier in the year and made the selections over the summer. The application followed my Roadtrip, where I went around the country to promote the Hackfest and to raise awareness about the application process. I targeted maker and hacker spaces in a deliberate attempt to reach new communities that DARPA rarely or has never worked with before. To an extent, we met that outreach goal, and we surely now have an interesting mix of teams in on the Hackfest. Of all of the applications received, we could only select eight to bring to the Hackfest:
|Team Name||Team Lead Institution|
|Adversarial Science Laboratory||Assured Information Security, Inc.|
|DeepEdge||University of California, Irvine|
|DROGON||Raytheon BBN Technologies|
|Fat Cat Flyers||Fat Cat Fab Lab|
|Hacker Dojo Fly-by-SDR Team||Hacker Dojo|
|Team Platypus Aerospace||Aerospace Corporation|
|Texas Radio Terminator (TRT)||Southern Methodist University|
These teams reflect a wide range of backgrounds. The list includes some traditional DARPA research partners, such as BBN, as well as other familiar defense industry players like Aerospace Corporation, Parsons, and Assured Information Security. There is a strong university presence with the University of California, Irvine partnering with the University of Southern California, and Southern Methodist University. Finally, I am pleased to see on the list two exciting teams that first learned about the Hackfest during my Roadtrip engagements: the Fat Cat Flyers from New York’s Fat Cat Fab Lab and the Fly-by-SDR Team from the Hacker Dojo in Santa Clara. Overall, these teams represent a spectrum of participants, from traditional DARPA performers to non-traditional partners who I think will make for some very interesting approaches to the Hackfest Missions.
A key aspect of the Missions is that we will not be ranking the teams’ performances. They are expected to give us their best solutions and put their best technology forward in the hopes of building strong relationships with DARPA and the DoD and to get a sense of whether we might be able to adopt any of their solutions. As the Hackfest approaches, I’m more and more excited to see just how creative this diversity of teams will be.