ONUG Announces Grand Challenge Hackathon on Network Automation

Virtual Event, Sponsored by Cisco Will Showcase Industry Innovation, New Tools and Applications Through Open Programmable Infrastructure

February 18, 2016 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced the kickoff for the first ONUG Grand Challenge Hackathon. Sponsored by Cisco, the competition targets developers from across the globe to showcase innovative, new tools and applications in the important area of network automation.

ONUG IT business leaders participating in various working groups have identified common requirements to automate the lifecycle of Software-Managed Infrastructure. These requirements will serve as seed ideas for the Grand Challenge. The four working groups highlighted within this stack and earmarked for making software-managed infrastructure open and automated include: Traffic Monitoring/Visibility; Network State Collection, Correlation, and Analytics; SDN Federation/Operability; Common Tools for Automated Configuration and Change Management.

The following ONUG Working Group Chairmen will act as hackathon judges:

  • Neal Secher, Managing Director and Head of Network Architecture, BNY Mellon
  • Aryo Kresnadi, Chief Engineer/Principal, FedEx
  • Ted Turner, Senior Network Engineer, Intuit
  • Carlos Matos, Director Global Network Architecture, Fidelity

“We are thankful to Cisco for their support and shared interest in hosting an event that demonstrates the business value of automating physical and virtual networking in support of workloads,” said Nick Lippis, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “There is no doubt that organizations will benefit from the movement to new open IT frameworks and this hackathon will further demonstrate the wide range of solutions now possible. We are excited to share these ground-breaking, winning entries with the IT community at ONUG Spring hosted by Intuit on May 9-11 in Mountain View, California.”

“Cisco is excited to partner with the Open Networking User Group to deliver the Grand Challenge Hackathon,” said Mike Cohen, Senior Director of Product Management. “This event offers developers a highly visible forum for network innovation and an opportunity to demonstrate how far our industry has come in supporting open source frameworks and APIs. We are proud to be part of it.”

Participation is open to all, including academics, DevOps, network engineers, and industry veterans. Programmers may write code on the platform of their choice, including Cisco’s APIC or APIC-EM, Ryu, ODL, and Floodlight to name a few. In addition, Cisco will provide simulators and technical support for those who wish to write to Cisco’s APIC APIs. Applications developed at the hackathon will be open-sourced and made available to the ONUG Community and industry at large via the ONUG GitHub website.

Winners will be selected based on creativity, uniqueness, feature set, technical depth, and the ability of their solution to address the ONUG Software-Managed Infrastructure. The winning team will receive $2,500, five minutes to present their application to the full ONUG audience, and the opportunity to display a poster board in the Technology Showcase at ONUG Spring 2016, hosted by Intuit in Mountain View, California.

Registration for the ONUG Grand Challenge Hackathon, sponsored by Cisco, is now open. For more details on the prizes, participation, and a complete schedule of events, visit our website.

About ONUG

ONUG is the leading community of IT executives focused on enabling greater choice and options for IT business leaders by advocating open interoperable hardware and software-defined infrastructure solutions that span across the entire IT stack, all in an effort to create business value. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, UBS, and Yahoo. For more on ONUG, go to www.OpenNetworkingUserGroup.com or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_



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