[757labs] DARPA likes maker spaces
telmnstr at 757.org
telmnstr at 757.org
Thu Dec 1 04:01:46 EST 2011
> I was reading a presentation given by "Mudge" (you might remember him
> from the L0pht, he's now working for DARPA) at the 2011 "DARPA Cyber
> Colloquium" where he talks about DARPA embracing maker spaces:
So ... Mudge gave a keynote at Shmoocon where he mentioned DARPA and a
love for hackerspaces.
Later on I ran into someone while waiting for the elevator. After talking
for a few seconds, it turns out that he worked for Mudge at DARPA or some
such. He flat out said he had heard of 757 Labs because he was researching
it for Mudge. He said they had actually contacted a few hackerspaces of
interest, but remembered that they didn't contact us.
Before 757 Labs was a hackerspace, it was just a website I threw up as a
place to publish things that were being done. I had the 757.org domain
(which is blocked by a websense and some other junk) as well as an older
business domain of 757tech.com/net (757 Technologies.) Well, at some point
there was just the idea of biting on Bell Labs and putting up a publishing
point for some projects that were being done.
There was a local named Enferex who collaborated (and still does talk all
the time in IRC for those that use it.) He wrote some pretty awesome stuff
that was published under the 757 Labs name. PDFResserect was one and
MP3nema was another. Plus we collabed on the start of a UAV project that
never fully got off the ground. During those days I guess we were more
productive. It seems like all my effort lately has gone into running the
hackerspace in general and less into doing the cool projects that I'm
always dreaming up.
Enferex moved to Melbourne Austrailia to work on his PhD. And really there
hasn't been anything major to actually come out of the lab.
So at the time, I think we pretty much got passed up.
The odd thing is, the goal for me of the lab was to have a place to work
on new exciting projects, and it's kind of been the opposite in some ways.
It has slowed me down.
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