Building an Open Source Cell Network at Burning Man

Johnny Diggz (Geeks Without Bounds)
Open Hardware, Tools and Techniques
Location: D135 Level: Novice
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There is literally nowhere else on earth where you can run an experimental mobile phone network with a potential 50,000 users and get away with it. Nowhere else can you learn so much in as short a timeframe about people’s relationship with their mobile phones or what makes a mobile network tick.

Since 2006, the folks behind OpenBTS have been running the Papa Legba camp at Burning Man, providing fully licensed independent (free) cellular service in the most unlikely of places.

Papa Legba member and founder of Geeks without Bounds, Johnny Diggz, will go through the hardware and software tools we deployed in 2012, along with an overview of future plans for the network in 2013.

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Johnny Diggz

Geeks Without Bounds

Johnny “Diggz” Higgins is an entrepreneur, musician, filmmaker and founder of Geeks Without Bounds. In 1999 Diggz co-founded Voxeo and serves as Chief Evangelist for Voxeo Labs’ flagship cloud communications platform, Tropo and its community of over 250,000 developers. Diggz is also a professional dueling piano player and will perform at the slightest arm-twist.


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