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Guest blog: 96Boards OpenHours – a DragonBoard 410c Miniseries

Sep 21, 2016

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Those who are familiar with the DragonBoard 410c by Arrow Electronics, Inc. have probably heard about 96Boards. For those uninitiated, 96Boards from Linaro Limited is the first open HW specification managed for low-cost, small footprint 32-bit and 64-bit Cortex-A boards. The DragonBoard 410c is compliant with this specification and is supported by a fast growing community of people you’ll find contributing on the forum at 96boards. This blog comes from a key community member from Linaro, who is hosting a weekly 96Boards based video broadcast. Learn more and tune in – you might win a DragonBoard 410c.

96Boards OpenHours - A DragonBoard 410c miniseries

Guest Author: Robert Wolff, Engineer, Linaro

The 96Boards System on Chip (SoC) independent, single board computer (SBC) design brings more than just a low profile and price point. With the DragonBoard 410c you also have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor which can keep up with lots of makers, enthusiasts, or developers. How do I know this? Well, I am part of the 96Boards community, and for the past year I have watched it grow into something great. Now, our community is finally big enough to maintain a weekly 96Boards based video broadcast. This show is designed to bring developers and community together for an action packed hour of demos, interviews, Q&A, and much more! We call this “OpenHours”, and everyone is invited! Keep reading to find out more...

Trust me, it gets better...

Now before you start thinking this blog is about preaching specifications or regurgitating information you can find anywhere else on the internet (because I promise you this isn’t that kind of blog), I wanted to share a short story about my first DragonBoard experience and what led me to 96Boards. Call it an icebreaker before we dive into the OpenHours mini-series and giveaway.

My first DragonBoard 410c

Back in June of last year (2015), I received my first DragonBoard 410c. I remember this moment very clearly, opening the box and pulling out a small, colorful, credit card sized, single board computer. I held it in front of me and tried to analyze what I was seeing, rotating it in my hands, squinting at all of the small components, and counting the many ports and headers. It only took me a few minutes to realize I was overflowing with questions about this board, I had to start tinkering. Three months with the DragonBoard went by in a flash, and at this point it was time to record my efforts.

The Qualcomm Institute at University of California San Diego put me in a team, and gave us a lab with an AV crew. We were promptly tasked with creating an online specialization around the DragonBoard 410c. Over the next year, our team developed six courses jam-packed with IoT related material. We pumped out hundreds of bite sized videos, covered topics spanning multiple skill levels, and offered it online, on demand, for the masses to watch. For anyone interested, the course is available through Coursera.

A short reflection

So here I am, almost a year and a half later, writing a blog about the DragonBoard 410c, 96Boards, and the community that inspired me, but how does all of this tie together? About four months ago I teamed up with several people within Linaro and 96Boards to launch a special kind of video broadcast called OpenHours, where community meets development!

OpenHours - what is it?

The 96Boards team at Linaro does a live broadcast every Thursday at 4:00pm (British Standard Time) / 8:00am (Pacific Daylight Time) / 11:00am (Eastern Daylight) / 11:00pm (China Standard Time). Questions, comments, stories, demos, and conversation, EVERYONE IS WELCOME! During these broadcasts you can join in by voice, video, and/or chat to ask questions about anything 96Boards (Especially the DragonBoard 410c!). I, Robert Wolff, will be there every episode with a group of developers and fellow 96Boards enthusiasts, to answer questions and hang out over coffee while having a fun 96Boards talk.

Do you have a cool 96Boards demo? Tips and Tricks? Fun custom configurations? Bring it all to OpenHours and share it with the WORLD! We would love to see it. These sessions are recorded and made available after the session on YouTube. There is a 100 participant limit managed on a first come basis.

DragonBoard 410c miniseries and giveaway!

96Boards wants to help you win a DragonBoard 410c! To do this, 96Boards will be hosting a three week OpenHours Miniseries event starting Sept 15 during the regular OpenHours time at 4:00pm BST.

All you have to do is show up, hang out, and watch us play around with the DragonBoard. When I announce the giveaway on Sept 22nd, you will be asked to fill out an online form and then provided with all the instructions you need. Here is a small look at what is on the schedule:

Week one: September 15th, 2016 @ 4:00pm BST

OpenHours Episode #19
Please review Competition Rules
DragonBoard 410c Out of box experience

Week two: September 22nd, 2016 @ 4:00pm BST

OpenHours Episode #20
Collect competition participants

Demo with Qualcomm Technologies’ Lawrence King! (A creator of the DragonBoard)

Week three: September 29th, 2016 @ 10:00pm BST

OpenHours Episode #21
Live at Linaro Connect In Las Vegas!
Announce winners!

You read it right, the third part of the miniseries will close out in Las Vegas! This episode is a little different in that it will be recorded in front of a live audience, on site at the J.W. Marriott. So grab a big cup of coffee, and get ready, the Dragon is coming to OpenHours. We hope to see you all there.


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