4 years of Over the Air

 2011 – September 30th & October 1st – Bletchley Park

For the fourth year in a row, Over the Air is going to make the impossible possible: a free developer event (well almost – there”s a small donation to Bletchley Park this year) and hack-a-thon that is non-aligned (not pushing a particular technology or approach) but instead seeks to inform, energise and empower mobile “builders” to work with each other to create great stuff.

Over the Air is a place where developers, designers, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and academics can come together to celebrate, discuss, learn, chill and geek out for 36 hours of intense fun. We promise the following: if you attend, you will learn about stuff you didn’t know about before. You will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with people you haven’t met before. You may be inspired surprised at what you find. By the end of the day Saturday, you will definitely be exhausted. We’re not saying it will change your life, but we’re not saying it won’t either.

2010 – September 11th & 12th – Imperial College London

Over the Air 2010 was hosted at Imperial College London on the 10th and 11th of September. Approximately 400 people attended two days of Keynotes, Workshops, a Hack-a-thon and lots of general fun.

Some of the highlights included a Keynote from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, some inspirational design thinking from Aral Balkan, the Nokia digital grafitti screen + t-shirt printing, iPhone controlled AR Drones & a fantastic Hack-a-thon.

The range and quality of the Workshops was excellent this year, thanks to the involvement of so many clever and interesting members of the OTA community. We will keep all of the session descriptions for posterity, and will be adding slides to them as they become available. Slides can also be found on SlideShare tagged #ota10.

Photos of the event can be found in the Over the Air Flickr Pool.

Coverage of Over the Air 2010

The Fonecast – One man’s summary for the wider mobile industry

The Fonecast – Podcast on the 10th

Kirstie Haxby – Over the Air 2010

Geek.com – Lobster, a ‘free bus travel’ app is audience favorite at Over The Air hackathon

Geek.com – Over The Air mobile developer event: afternoon roundup

Geek.com – Aral Balkan at Over The Air: “The age of features is dead”

The Digital Youth Project – Advice for Developers – Product Doctor Diagnoses (OTA 2010)

The Register – Over The Air: Losing drones and forging bus tickets

Telefonica Developer Communities – Over The Moon About Over The Air

Android Operating System – Over the Air 2010

License to Roam – Impressions from Over the Air

MobBlog – Mob4Hire Awards $1000 to Winner of Over-The-Air Hackathon in London … Good job everyone!

Robin Berjon – Introducing DAP

Dale Lane – Making National Traffic Control data more useful

Tom Hume – Over the Air 2010

PR Week – Over the Air report and mobile goings on

Answer My Query – Iphone controlled flying drone with Video

2009 – September 25th & 26th – Imperial College London

Over the Air 2009The second annual Over the Air was brought to you by Betavine, Lonely Planet and OMTP : Over the Air: 24 Hours of Mobile Development, hosted at Imperial College London. More details to be posted soon.The second Over the Air, was on September 25th and 26th, brought to you by Betavine, Lonely Planet and OMTP : Over the Air: 24 Hours of Mobile Development, hosted at Imperial College London. Check out Ewan Spence’s  BBC article on how to ‘Hack a handset‘!

The recipe is simple.

Take as many mobile phone developers, hackers and builders as you can find; put them in The Great Hall at Imperial College; add a liberal helping of heavyweight companies talking about new tools, developer aids and techniques to program mobile phones during the day; then challenge them to come up with “something new”.

Leave this to simmer as hackers work through the night and have everyone present their new programs to the rest of the conference the next day.

That sums up the Over the Air hackathon. Now in its second year of bringing together the UK’s mobile developer community, it continues to have a huge impact on those who get involved with the overnight competition.

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2008 – April 4th & 5th – Imperial College London

Over the Air logoThe inaugural Over the Air event ran on the 4th and 5th of April, 2008, at Imperial College London. Mobile developers from all stripes descended on the campus for 2 days of fun, learning, hacking, and socializing.The coverage of Over the Air was great, with online stories from The Guardian, The Register and many bloggers. Some of the best coverage however came from Mark Kramer with his videos on the popular video site Qik. There were also plenty of photos on flickr.There has been a range of comments and blog posts about Over the Air including,

Then there was the hacking in the evening. I wasn’t as hardcore as some, and did have a nap for an hour or two at about 5am before finishing my stuff off after breakfast. Most of what I wrote was in C++ but I also got to hack together a little Javascript – not a language I often use.

– Dale Lane

What did I learn there and was it relevant for my project? Well, first, it was an opportunity for me to get a brief overview of current developing technology for the mobile platform.There are many and a lot of different technology to learn which I am not familiar with. Of particular interest was a presentation by Brian Fling from flingmedia.com on developing web apps and native apps for the iPhone and mobile applications.

– Alex Craxton of Mobile Monday London

We went to the excellent overtheair event over the weekend, with an amazing concentration of mobile developers (and gadgets). Our entry to the 24-hour hack development contest was a bit of fun dreamt up by Richard Jones and Russ Anderson. Disappointed that someone had beaten them to it by working out how to connect a Wiimote to a phone handset via bluetooth, they decided to go one better and do away with the need for the Wiimote at all.

– Lastminute Labs

Kudos to the whole team who made this happen, this was more than just a developers’ conference, more than just a workshop or a barcamp… It was a 48 hours of mobile and wireless development experiment bringing together some +400 developers and mobile industry experts with great sessions on various industry related topics… Lots of great people and ideas gathered during these 2 days

Rudy De Waele at m-trends.org

Thanks to all who spoke, presented, attended, developed, organized, ushered, registered, hauled, evacuated, waited, partied, slept and generally made this such a fantastic event. Watch back here for updates on what happened and and after the event, presentations from speakers, related news and announcements about the next Over the Air!