Today’s Priority Queue delves into the topic of hackathons at the IETF. Hackathons may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a body whose objective is to document specifications and standards, but hackathons play a role in the development of some standards.
Our guest is Charles Eckel, who works for Cisco’s DevNet team and chairs the IETF’s hackathon program. We talk about why the IETF engages in hackathons and what the organization means by ‘rough consensus, running code.’
Charles also discusses how the rise of open source enables groups like the IETF to not just produce documents, but also functioning code that implements a standard. By developing code, the IETF generates feedback that can be fed back into a draft, and can produce reference implementations to share with a broader audience. This can help drive standards adoption in the tech community.
This podcast was recorded on site at the IETF 98 conference in Chicago. Thanks to Huawei, which covered travel and accommodations to enable the Packet Pushers to attend and record some shows and spread the news about what the IETF is up to.