Published: Nov. 9, 2022 By

The North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) sponsored a team of five graduate students studing network engineering to attend NANOG 86 from October 17th to 19th in Hollywood, CA with instructor José Santos.

The team arrived before the conference and participated in the hackathon, where they were able to compete with industry professionals and many alumni from the program.

"Representing CU Boulder at NANOG 86, the largest event in the networking community, was an extraordinary privilege and honor. The conference provided a remarkable opportunity for exposure and experience.

The hackathon kick-started the event, providing an excellent platform to showcase innovative ideas, followed by tech talks from industry pioneers and subject matter experts. At the hackathon, our team developed a one-click configuration tool to automate the manual network configuration process, achieving the ultimate goal of running infrastructure as code.

The symposiums offered insights into new research and innovations that are changing the networking industry. These sessions instilled a passion for learning, growth, and carving out a niche in this field.

Meeting several alumni who work for some of the largest corporations was an excellent opportunity to network with industry leaders and represent the CU Boulder program. "

- Second year NE student and NANOG 86 participant, Meghana Gowda

This article was written by Levi Perigo, scholar in residence and Co-Director of Professional Master's Program in Network Engineering