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San Francisco Gigabit Hack Days, July 21-22


Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

San Francisco Gigabit Hack Days, July 21-22

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Mozilla, US Ignite, the City of San Francisco and the Internet Archive present



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In a world with universal, ultra high-speed networks, all our assumptions about the web can be reset. What kinds of apps can we build when data can travel as fast as it needs to, and processing power is never a bottleneck?

Through the US Ignite initiative, cities across America are leveling up with 100Mbps to 1Gbps citywide networks. When paired with open web technologies and networking innovations, the next generation of apps will open up a whole new round of innovation and deliver huge public benefit.

On July 21st and 22nd, join Mozilla, the City of San Francisco, the Internet Archive, and a crew of forward-thinking technologists to imagine and build prototypes of apps from the future. We'll spend two days prototyping innovative uses of Gigabit networks and make plans to work together over the next year.

What will happen?

At this event, we'll spend very little time yakking, and a lot of time hacking. Everyone is welcome, but you must participate.

After brief introductions and a tour of the facilities at the Internet Archive, we'll break into small teams consisting of designers, developers, network engineers.

Over two days, we'll build prototype apps that require ultra high speed and/or smart networks. At the end of two days, we'll share the results and have a discussion about where to take this next. And eat, drink and socialize.

We want running code, not just ideas. Prototypes created here could evolve into submissions to the Mozilla Ignite challenge, with $500,0000 of seed money and mentorship available to help get them off the ground.


Who should come?

This event is open to anyone with an interest in pushing the envelope with open web technologies and fast networks. Come prepared to get your hands dirty.

Ahead of the event, we'll be assembling small teams based on topics like big data analysis, high fidelity video, complex data visualization, telepresence, and etc. Come cold and we'll pair you with a team, or let us know your interests and expertise during sign-up. If you're interested in leading a team, drop us a line at


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What kinds of apps?

We're interested in demonstrating innovation in education, workforce training, healthcare, and other public benefit areas. We'll be prototyping using client-side open web technologies (HTML5, WebGL, WebRTC) and a local private cloud.

The types of applications we're talking about include:

  • applications that require high bandwidth (100Mbps to 1Gbps)
  • applications using huge data sets stewarded by
  • applications that take advantage of layer 2 programmability/take advantage of software defined networking
  • demonstrations of the above running point-to-point with local anchor institutions (over community fiber or wireless)

Why San Francisco?

San Francisco's community broadband network is a 1Gbps network that provides Internet access for a wide range of community sites within San Francisco. Sites include public housing sites, San Francisco Public Libraries, city buildings and community sites.

At these sites and others, users can take advantage of wired connection to the Internet at speeds up to 1Gbps. This network is a unique collaboration between San Francisco's Department of Technology (DT), the Internet Archive and SF Community Broadband Network (SFCBN). The network uses strands of DT fiber to create a community fiber ring around San Francisco.

The Internet Archive generously provides a 1Gbps connection to the Internet and the SFCBN provides support and management of the network. These partners are eager to engage with developers to use the network as a testbed for high bandwidth applications.

We'll also be holding hack days in other gigabit cities, including Chattanooga, TN. Stay tuned!

Why the Internet Archive?

The Internet Archive is a one-of-a-kind institution. As the world's biggest digital library, the Archive runs both a petabtye-scale archive of human experience and a world-class data center.

Teams at this event will have super-fast access to the Internet Archive's collections, such as the Wayback Machine (a 150 billion page archive of the World Wide Web going back 15 years), the Archive's collections of 600,000 movies, 1.3 million audio recordings, 3 million books and 10 years worth of TV news.

Additionally, the Archive has a 40Gbps connection to Internet backbone, is the Internet provider of 1 Gbps of broadband for the City and County of San Francisco's community broadband network, and coordinates "fast and free" wireless connectivity throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Taking advantage of the Archive's content and infrastructure, teams at the event will have the freedom to imagine and build prototypes that preview the far-out future of the Internet.

This will be two-days of extreme possibility, and the Archive is the ideal setting for the first of several exploratory hack days to ride the edge of what's possible.

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When & Where

The Internet Archive
300 Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM

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US Ignite is an initiative to promote US leadership in developing applications and services for ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks. Learn more at

Mozilla and US Ignite are building a community of practice around gigabit apps and administering a $500k prize pool to help the best concepts get off the ground.

Through the Mozilla Ignite Apps Challenge, Mozilla and the National Science Foundation invite you to show how next-generation networks can revolutionize healthcare, education, public safety, energy and other public benefit areas. Learn more at

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