It’s taken us a couple of days to catch our breath – Over the Air 2011 was a truly amazing gathering of creative and talented developers, informative and passionate speakers, and companies that are wonderfully supportive of the whole community. Not to mention the weather. Wow, the weather! (An October record apparently)
It’s exactly this buzzing combination of community & creativity & energy that makes all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes absolutely worth it. When I see that first stream of attendees arriving at the registration tables, I always think “it’s yours now, my part’s done”.
In fact, we hit a new record ourselves: over 600 people came to the event over the weekend, with nearly 500 with us for lunch on Friday. For any of you that were at the Friday evening Ignite Bletchley Park talks, I think you’ll agree that an epic amount of pizza was consumed as well! The head-count in the Mansion at 2:00 am (which doesn’t include those in the Marquee or in tents on the lawn) was 120. Amazing.
Although OTA11 was free to attend as always, we did ask attendees this year to make a small donation to the Bletchley Park Trust, and we’re thrilled to announce that we managed to raise (at the time of writing this post) £2,293.77 on their behalf. (Please note that the National Museum of Computing is a separate charity, who would very much welcome your support as well.)
We’re also chuffed that the BlueVia team chose OTA11 as the time and place to not only debut their new BlueVia t-shirts, but also to launch ConnFu (which is still in closed beta).
There is an Over the Air Group Pool over on Flickr, if you’ve taken photos, please add them there.
Many of you have taken Instagram shots, like this glorious view of sunrise over the tents on the lawn taken by mdales – we hope you upload those as well.
We’ve asked all of our speakers to upload their slides to Slideshare and tag them ota11 and overtheair; as well as adding them to Lanyrd.
Feel free to add stuff to our Facebook Page as well.
For those of you who missed it, you may want to check out the Twitter feed to get a feel for the goings-on.
Adam Cohen-Rose’s Workshop Session Notes at OTA11
Ubelly’s Interview with Lyza Danger Gardner
Ubelly’s write-up of Day One at Over the Air
Simon Judge on Over the Air and Kirin
Caroline Mockett’s blog post about attending OTA11
Stephen Nicholas on his QuickR entry
Giorgio Venturi on Cracking the User Experience at OTA11
Ashley Burton’s OTA11 Mobile Web Notes and Wrap-up
Dan Murphy’s post on the Pearson Blog
Novoda on their Wearable Build Status Bot
Andrew Savory on Over the Air 2010, 2011
Tom Hume on Andrew Betts’ talk about the FT iPad web app
Tom Hume on Open-sourcing Kirin at OTA
Franco Papeschi on One Day at Over the Air
Dale Lane on his competition entries at Over the Air 2011
Dale Lane on using BlueVia APIs
photo by spiritquest on Flickr
Forbes – Bletchley Park Coders take on the Mobile World
BBC Internet Blog – Camping in a Digital Public Space: Over the Air 2011
The Fonecast – I’m no developer, but I still fell in love with Over the Air
Huffington Post – Hackers get Hired at Bletchley Park
TechCrunch – Mobile devs need to get to Over the Air this week
Guardian Apps Blog – London to become mobile centre of the world – for a week
David Vella’s “hastily put together video” on Vimeo.
Bill Thompson’s Ignite Talk on YouTube
Terence Eden’s Ignite Talk on YouTube
Audio report – The Fonecast – Interview with Dr. Sue Black, Daniel Appelquist & Paul Johnston