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State of JetsonHacks 2017

Thank you for reading and participating in the JetsonHacks community. Wishing everyone an absolutely great 2018!

At this time of year, it is fun to recap some statistics about the website. A lot of people are curious how many other people are using JetsonHacks.

JetsonHacks Website

When JetsonHacks was first started in 2014, I was curious how social media and network effects are related. As a software person, I know the theory behind network effect. However, observing it in a social media context is a very interesting exercise. The chart below gives you an idea how much the website has grown over the last 3+ years:

JetsonHacks Website Traffic

The Jetson TX1 Development Kit was introduced in October 2015, the Jetson TX2 Development Kit was introduced in March 2017. As you can see, the number of page views just about doubled from 2016 to 2017. 2016 brought in more than 290,000 views from 92,000 visitors. 2017 brought in around 570,000 views from 165,000 visitors. The site appears still to be still growing a little, the average daily page views has increased from 800 in 2016 to 1575 in 2017. We also passed the 1 million all time view mark this year, currently sitting at 1,001,890.

An interesting point in the network effect is that the page views for 2017 is greater than the previous 2.5 years combined!

The most popular posts in 2017 are about the introduction of the Jetson TX2 and support software. NVIDIA Jetson TX2 Development Kit and Build kernel and Modules – NVIDIA Jetson TX2 both have over 12,000 views. There is still great interest in the deep learning software, especially TensorFlow.

Visitors came from over 169 countries. Here are the top ten in 2017:

JetsonHacks Website Countries

The list is similar to last year, with South Korea jumping up two spots.

JetsonHacks YouTube Channel

The associated JetsonHacks YouTube Channel has also shown the same type of growth in 2017.

For 2016, there were 223K views with a watch time of 515K minutes. There were 1,043 Likes, 40 Dislikes, 321 Shares and 1228 Subscribers added. For 2017, there were 423K views with a watch time of 1.15 million minutes. There were 2,587 Likes, 93 Dislikes, 1,337 Shares and 2,709 Subscribers added. As with the website, the total views for 2017 are greater than the previous 2.5 years combined!

Lifetime views are a little over 800K, with a watch time of a little over 2 million minutes. We are currently at 4,906 subscribers, closing in on the 5K mark. There are currently around 200 videos on the channel.

Similar to the website, the introduction videos for the Jetson TX2 and support software garnered the largest number of views, around 13% of the total views for the year. There is still great interest in additional sensors for the Jetsons with lidars and cameras being of high interest.

With the growth of the JetsonHacks website and YouTube channel, we’re of course picking up much more spam and people not behaving themselves. On the YouTube side there was a particularly nasty incident, which ended up with YouTube detecting it and banning the user. However for the most part it’s all good.

Just a quick note. “Likes” in the YouTube world, along with how long the video is watched, helps to recommend the video to other viewers. Subscriptions and comments do much the same thing. If you like the video, give it a thumbs up. On the other hand, if you disliked the video and give it a thumbs down, it would be useful to know why you didn’t like it in the comments. If you dislike the video I won’t hate you forever, just for what’s left of my natural life.

You should note with the higher traffic, it has become much more difficult to answer all the questions. Please note that if you ask questions that are not about the article/video where posted, you may not get a response.

JetsonHacks Github Repository

In the JetsonHacks Github Repository, there are now 80 repositories, up from 71 in 2016. People have been using the repositories on a regular basis, I hope everyone is finding them useful. Make sure to give them a star if you find them useful, it helps decide future projects. Also, please generate pull requests for improvements.

Special Shoutouts

I want to take the time to thank the folks from the NVIDIA Jetson team who have been gracious and generous in sharing their time and knowledge with me over the last few years. This is a long list of people (I remember our first meeting where we all fit in a conference room), but a special shoutout to Lynette, Lan, Phil, Murali, Chitoku, Amit, Jennifer, Chidi, Robert, Jesse and Eric. Thanks to everyone else on the Jetson team too, I appreciate it! Thank you, kindly.

On to 2018

Certainly if you have anything you’re working on and would like JetsonHacks to know about, send an email.

Again, thank you for all of your support. I hope your 2018 goes really swell. Oh, and it’s good to see you survived 2017, others weren’t so lucky.

Peace Out,


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