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Burning Man engineer to talk about growth of Internet on the playa

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Matt Peterson is a network engineer at Burning Man.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Silicon Mountain next week will welcome Matt Peterson, network engineer at Burning Man, to present “Internet and Communication on the Playa: Building an Extreme Temporary Network at Burning Man.”

While the Burning Man event is well-known in the region, much of the behind-the-scenes mastery for this 70,000 participant rural desert gathering is not.

Peterson will discuss the unique deployment and operational components that bring internet infrastructure and service to Black Rock City, before, during and after Burning Man.

Peterson will share the journey that the all-volunteer “Playa Tech” team has taken over the past several years to arrive at the highly automated system that is used today.

By refining operation, procedures and defining best practices, the team has been able to bring internet to the desert that some say is more reliable than that which can be found in San Francisco.

The meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd. in Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and salad.

Before and after the presentation, there will be time for networking with other technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is sponsored by New Leaders.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a network of technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee area. Visit http://www.TahoeSiliconMountain.com to learn more.