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State of JetsonHacks 2018



It’s that time of year. Let me start by thanking everyone for reading and participating in the JetsonHacks community. As for 2019 – Let’s assume right now it will be great!


It’s traditional here to recap statistics about the website on the last day of the year. Let’s preface that with some 2018 activities.

As you all know, we started the RACECAR/J website and store. RACECAR/J is a 1/10 scale RC car which uses a Jetson for autonomy. RACECAR/J has kept us busy, launching new products is always fun!

2018 saw the introduction of the new NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Developer Kit. The AGX Xavier was announced early in the year, and developer previews were shipped in the fall, including the new software support packages.

RACECAR/J split time a little for JetsonHacks. The AGX Xavier caused a lot of excitement and website traffic. Let’s take a look, we’ll break it down by properties.

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.

JetsonHacks Website

Looking at the website numbers for 2018 is pretty interesting.

JetsonHacks Site Stats 2018

We can see that for the most part 2018 was about the same as 2017. In 2018 we published 51 new articles, with 188,000 visitors generating 582,000 views. We’re currently sitting on about 1.5M lifetime views of the website. There were about 13% more visitors in 2018 than 2017, though the page views were only up about 5%. There were 61 articles published in 2017 versus the 51 in 2018. It appears that there’s some slacking going on, time to get the whip out!

The most popular post in 2018 was Build Kernel and Modules – NVIDIA Jetson TX2 (which was actually published in 2017 – the long tail of the Internet). This isn’t surprising, people gravitate more towards the instructional posts on the site.

Visitors came from all over the world. Here’s the top 11.

JetsonHacks Website Traffic by Country

This list is similar to last year, a couple of countries switched places, with India jumping up two spots.

Has the website growth begun too slow, or is it just taking some time to breathe? We’ll find out in 2019.

JetsonHacks YouTube Channel

The JetsonHacks channel hit the 1 million view milestone this year. We published about 40 new videos this year, bringing the channel total to 240. The number of views on the YouTube channel was about the same as 2017:

YouTube Traffic (Weekly) 2018

425,000 views for a total of 1.175 million minutes. That’s a whole lot of JetsonHacks! What’s really interesting is that the number of subscribers to the channel went up over 50%.

In 2017 we were just under 5000 YouTube subscribers, now we’re around 7800. As we head into 2019, we should go over 10,000 subscribers. This is good because YouTube offers several additional features to channels that have more than 10K subscribers. Hopefully we will be able to take advantage of them.

We picked up 2927 likes on the videos, and mean, mean people threw 81 dislikes at us.

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 that it has become much more difficult to answer all the questions than in the past. If you ask questions that are not about the article/video posted, you may not get a response.

JetsonHacks Github Repository

In the JetsonHacks Github Repository, there are now 90 repositories, up from 80 in 2016. We recently broke the 1K followers barrier, there are currently 1.1K followers.

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.


We had to ban several folks this year. For the most part, these people attack like third graders based on looks, speech and intelligence. I think everyone can recognize their petty jealousy.

Some of the bans we don’t have control over as the YouTube police do a pretty good job of keeping the trash out. As for the others, they should just know that they are shooting spitballs at a battleship.

Let’s all go to 2019

Time for the transition. Let’s all put our 2019 clothes on and go forward. As always, if you have a project with a Jetson that you’re working on and would like to share it with the JetsonHacks community, send us an email.

Thank you for all of your support. I hope your 2019 goes really swell!

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