NASA Challenge: Develop training course for NASA's ION implementation of the DTN protocol
- Status: Open
- Prize: $500
- Entries Received: 2
***** Develop Training Course for NASA's ION Implementation of the DTN Protocol *****
This challenge is to design a training course for "ION" which is NASA’s implementation of the Delay/Disruption Tolerant Network (DTN) protocol. Specifically, this contest will be to 1) develop a modular 5 day training course curriculum outline/approach (next level of detail of the outline provided in the attached file) and 2) develop an example module to demonstrate the training materials format, detail, and approach.
The winner of this contest will be selected for a Freelancer task to develop the full set of course materials that will pay $2800. Additionally, the winner will be credited as the course author including a winner supplied picture and biography that will be included and featured as part of this NASA training course.
Submissions for this contest must include/provide the following:
- A detailed outline/agenda of the course at 30 minute-1 hour resolution for the week long course. This should include the sequence of lecture topics and student exercises, along with a description of each segment/module. Note that while this may simply be a decomposition/next level of detail of the attached reference outline, submitters may also offer alternative sequencing/outlines.
- Presentation materials for the first training module (minimum 1-hour of class time). This module should include an overview of the course along with an introduction to the DTN architecture. The materials should contain presentation graphics/text to be used by the instructor along with instructor notes. Remarks on the use of the pre-built DTN “dev kit” software demonstration and development platform must be included in the materials. Optionally, the materials may include animations or recommended teaching aids.
- Submissions must be in PDF format with a graphic cover page (to help identify unique submissions on the Freelancer platform). Additional materials such as animations, videos, etc. may be included by link or reference to established video sharing platforms.
- All graphics and materials used must be original or credited/used with appropriate intellectual property rights.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Clarity – The plan and sample module clearly communicate the concepts and details involved in the DTN protocol and its uses.
- Accuracy – The information presented is accurate and consistent with the reference materials provided.
- Motivating/Interesting – The materials and course flow are presented in a way that is interesting and motivating to students.
Resources: Attached are the following resources to help you understand DTN and the ION implementation (code base) needed to build the course.
- PowerPoint presentation introducing the core concepts of DTN.
- Reference outline for the modular course.
- Design Guide for the Interplanetary Overlay Network (ION) software.
- A “dev kit” that can be used to instantiate an entire ION-based DTN network in virtual machines on a single computer. This dev kit is to be provided to each student taking the training course, as a means of rapidly getting hands-on experience with delay-tolerant networking.
NASA employees are not eligible to compete in this contest.