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Open Source Robotics Hackathon

For our first event outside of DC, we'll be heading to the University of Maryland at College Park for a robotics hackathon. We're partnering with Hyperion Technologies, a new UAV company started by several UMD MBA and engineering students, to use open-source software and platforms to demonstrate real-world robotic tasks. All outcomes will remain open source. IMPORTANT: This event is for people with robotics experience and familiarity with one or several programming languages. A big plus for knowing robotics open-source software packages such as OpenCV, ROS, PCL, and robotics techniques such as path planning and sensor fusion. More info to come! If you're interested in participating but unsure about the technical details, please feel free to ask.

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  • David P.

    Hi all. If you run into difficulty finding the building, we are by the Kim engineering building in building 387. You can reach me at[masked]

    April 21, 2013

  • Steve C.

    What do we bring to this event in the way of laptops, boards, etc?

    April 20, 2013

    • Steve C.

      Thanks - And how long is the event? 10am - ?

      April 20, 2013

    • David P.

      End time is up to you but we expect we'll be working away until 5 or so

      April 20, 2013

  • Julia A.

    Hey everyone,

    I'm Julia, one of the UMD students. I just wanted to let everyone know about some ways that you can prepare for the event this Sunday to maximize your time once you get there. 1) We will be committing all source code from the day to a github repository, so if you don't have a Github account already it would be a good idea to sign up (its free!)

    2) Download appropriate IDE's and libraries:
    - Most groups will probably be working with an Arduino board, possibly a Ardupilot. To download the basic Arduino IDE go to:

    To download Mission Planner and Ardupilot libraries go to:

    - Some people might chose to use ROS available here:

    - For doing image processing OpenCV is really useful.

    Looking forward to meeting you all then!


    April 19, 2013

  • Myron Tre'Von F.

    Worked on UAV and military robotics as well as working for NASA space robotics now. Should be fun!

    April 5, 2013

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