CAIDA BGP Hackathon 2016 Call for Participation

The following is the formal call for participation to attend the BGP Hackathon in February 2016.


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
Inquiries: bgp-hackathon-info at
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.

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