Frequently Asked Questions


One of the fun things about Over the Air is that it’s an overnight event. Bring your tent, sleeping bag and toothbrush along, and you can set up camp on the lawns of Bletchley Park or find a cosy corner of the Marquis tent, which will be filled with bean bags to curl up on when you’re done hacking, watching movies and playing Werewolf!

We know a lot of you will be coming from a long way, and unfortunately we are not able to provide hotel accommodation as part of the event. There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in the area of Bletchley Park (and many more in nearby Milton Keynes), here’s what we’ve found so far:

The Park Hotel – £40 per night

Milton Keynes Bed & Breakfast – £?

Campanile – £40 per night

Doubletree by Hilton Milton Keynes Hotel – £77 per night

Hilton Milton Keynes – £55 per night


Competitions & Challenges (the Hackday)

photo credit Benjamin EllisAnother key features of Over the Air is the in-event competition, which gives you a chance to show off the clever and fun ideas you’ve been coding and hacking away at over the course of the event. We’ve had some really great entries over the years, and hope to hear plenty of stories of how they were developed further after the event (in which case we’ll link to them for you).

We will be making some changes to how we run the Hack-a-thon this year in response to all of your good suggestions, and our experiences from past years. We’ll get all of that updated here, and post about it as well when we get that far.



We have worked hard in past years (with the help of Imperial College ICT) to ensure that Over the Air has great connectivity. The event at Bletchley Park will be no different – with mainly Wireless connectivity, but there may be a little bit of wired connectivity too. As soon as we have details about this years coverage, we will be posting them here.

What equipment will you need?

  • Bring your laptop and power adapter
  • Bring cameras and camcorders, we want you to document & share the event
  • Bring your mobile devices!
  • Do not bring your Router or Wireless access point
  • Because your machines are online, please make sure your machines have all the latest patches


Thanks to the financial support of our lovely sponsors, we have always been able to fully cover the cost of organising Over the Air. This year we are introducing a small 5 pound donation to the Bletchley Park Trust as part of the registration process – a tiny cost for us, but with 500+ attendees expected it’s a nice little sum towards the repair and upkeep of the Park. (And of course you are welcome to donate more, if you feel inspired by the Bletchley Park story).

If everyone who attends gives £10 or more we could make a significant contribution towards the roof repair of Hut 12, where the ‘From Bletchley Park, with Love‘ exhibit is housed ( Ian Fleming and Real Spies, Double Agents and Bletchley Park). Bletchley Park have kindly offered to give an annual season pass to all attendees who donate £12 or more.


The  Over the Air Flickr Group

BBC beanbags in the wild, from Over the Air 2008

Help us spread the word on Plancast and on Lanyrd

Workshop presentations on Slideshare from 3 years of Over the Air – Slideshare Tag = overtheair


Facebook Page and Event listing 


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