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Hackers on Planet Earth – Part 1

Author: David Wang   Publication Date: July 25, 2016

Wave2Wave is supporting the Hackers on Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.) event in New York City this year. This is one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world, and it’s interesting and exciting how connectivity can lend itself to the event’s success. Just last year, the cable enabling the network connection was cut, stopping the event. This year, we were asked to provide the optical cable to enable reliable connectivity for a successful conference.


The Eleventh HOPE attracts a worldwide audience of hackers. These hackers are an intriguing and talented part of internet activities, from white to black hat hackers. Their capability to push boundaries in network and internet devices is reliant upon connectivity.


At the event, traffic spikes during different parts of it, and a reliable infrastructure is needed. Last year, in order to get fiber from the basement to the NOC room they had to run up 18 floors in the stairwell. Someone ‘CUT’ the fiber, and it needed to be re-run again. This fiber is the backbone of the Wi-Fi for the entire conference. That’s why the organizers looked to Wave2Wave this year.


We are a connectivity company, and that’s where we are interested in solving a lot of these challenges that hackers face, allowing them to write their activities on top of our solutions. Connectivity is a crucial element, and it failed before. We want to make sure attendees have reliable connectivity to enjoy the event.