NANOG 87 Hackathon

NANOG 87 Hackathon

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NANOG 87 Hackathon

Friday, 03 Feb 2023 - Intro/Tutorial/Team Formation

Saturday + Sunday, 11-12 Feb 2023 - Hacking

An essential part of NANOG conferences, our hackathons are designed to be both fun and engaging, as well as to provide a platform that builds community and fosters greater networking and programming knowledge. NANOG Hackathons are hands-on, and educational at their core — directly supporting the most critical aspects of our mission. All levels are welcome to participate, and as always, registration is free.


A hybrid format

On Friday, 03 Feb, we will hold the Hackathon welcome, introduction, infrastructure tutorial, idea-pitching, and team-forming session over Zoom; this session will be recorded. Saturday, 11 Feb, will be the start of the hackathon; this day will be a hybrid day between virtual support hours and an on-site conference venue tutorial in the evening. Sunday, 12 Feb, will be a true hybrid day with people continuing to work virtually as well as with dedicated facilities (workspace, wifi, etc) for those at the conference venue.


  • Friday, 03 Feb, 2:00pm Eastern Welcome / Introduction / Infrastructure tutorial / Idea Pitching via Zoom
  • Saturday, 11 Feb, 1:00pm Eastern Hacking begins virtually - dedicated support/help available until 4:00pm Eastern
  • Saturday, 11 Feb, 7:00pm Eastern On-site Tutorial session at Conference Venue - hacking continues
  • Sunday, 12 Feb, 12:00pm - 4:30pm Eastern - dedicated support/help hours
  • Sunday, 12 Feb, 4:30pm Eastern Team presentations begin.
  • Sunday, 12 Feb, 5:00pm Eastern Hackathon concludes.

For those attending in person, the Hackathon will be at Atlanta Marriott Marquis from (Eastern time) 7:00pm Saturday, 11 Feb - 5:00pm Sunday, 12 Feb.

Hackathon In-Kind Sponsors

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Theme: Interacting With Sources of Truth

The NANOG 87 Hackathon will focus on Interacting With Sources of Truth, whether a single database or a collection of correlated data from multiple sources. Such examples could be an IPAM, Configuration Databases, Datacenter Infrastructure Management Databases, Configuration Templates/Models, RPKI Validators, etc. You could develop a feature, fix a bug for an existing open-source solution, or roll your own!

During this Hackathon, team leaders will work with teams collaboratively to understand the respective code bases and help troubleshoot issues.

Utilizing collaboration services from Zoom and Slack and lab infrastructure consisting of virtualized devices from several vendors, Hackathon participants can work individually or self-organize into teams to work on software passion projects.


For this Hackathon, we will have virtual routers running inside AWS hosts via Containerlab. A mix of containerized routers and end hosts will be available, along with the ability to bring your container images and topologies. Whatever your skill and experience are, there will be something to work and learn with! For those who want to work on a package for a particular distribution, a VM for popular distributions will be available within AWS.

Work independently or with the help of a mentor

Besides providing you with some general project ideas, we will also provide documentation on some popular software packages if you're still having trouble getting started. Hack mentorship will also be provided throughout both days of the event.

Collaborate via Slack

Before the Hackathon, you'll receive an invitation to our Slack workspace so you can start collaborating immediately. All participants will be able to present their work (presentations will end around 5:00pm on Sunday). Please take a moment to review the Hackathon Terms and Conditions before attending the event. If you'd like to participate but need help figuring out where to start, please reach out to [email protected]. We have lots of topic ideas to share.

Support Documents

The following documents provide general and specific information for this Hackathon which you may find helpful.

Introduction Slide Deck (link to be provided in NANOG Hackathon Slack)

NANOG 87 Hackathon Guide (link to be provided in NANOG Hackathon Slack)

See you in FEBRUARY! Until then, Happy Hacking.