HMGCC is Gold Sponsor of OTA12

We are thrilled to announce that HMGCC is a Gold Sponsor of OTA12

There are few more important jobs than ensuring that our Government’s communications systems in the UK and around the globe are highly effective, pills completely reliable and totally secure. That’s exactly what our diverse team here at HMGCC do, discount ensuring that, generic sale in a digital age, our Government’s cyber security is assured.

A creative powerhouse and centre of excellence, we work across the whole product lifecycle, from research and design to development and production. We deliver bespoke communications systems, applications, hardware and software to meet our customer’s unique requirements.

Be sure to visit the team in the Mansion throughout the entire event!

 

BlueVia is a Gold Sponsor of OTA12

We are pleased to announce that BlueVia is a Gold Sponsor of OTA12.

BlueVia is the new global developer programme from Telefonica that helps developers take apps, seek web services, and ideas to market. Through BlueVia, we are working hard to expose powerful Telefonica capabilities in a simple, frictionless way using web technologies like RESTful API’s and OAuth. We hope you will take our tools and create innovative new products and services. Telefonica can assist you in taking your product to market, or you are free to distribute it in any way you wish.

Ground breaking business models mean that BlueVia offers you multiple opportunities to monetise your ideas. Develop and test your ideas with thousands of Telefonica customers via BlueVia’s beta catalogue. Truly understanding the needs of real customers ahead of launching your product is vital to avoid those deadly one or two star ratings in app stores.

OTA12 Programme

Friday @ 11:15

Francisco Jordano of Telefonica will be presenting the workshop Presenting the Open Web Device at 11:15 in the Drawing Room in the Mansion.

Friday @12:15

Dan Appelquist and Thomas Curtis will be presenting the workshop BlueVia: Year in Review and Looking Ahead at 12:15 in the Drawing Room in the Mansion.

Friday @ 17:00

Sam Machin and Kevin Prince of BlueVia / O2Labs will be presenting the workshop The Lab: Demo Cool Things!on Friday at 17:00 in the Marquee.

 

 

Friday @ 18:00

Nick Mullen of Telefonica Digital will be presenting the worksh0p The Making of TU Me on Friday at 18:00 in the Drawing Room in the Mansion

 

[hr]The BlueVia Marketing Tool Kit

 

Bletchley Park Tours at Over the Air

Bletchley Park have graciously set up special tours for Over the Air attendees on both Friday and Saturday. You’ll be able to tour the park, find out more about the work that went on there and come face to face with the Enigma, Turing’s code breaking “Bombe” and the World’s first programmable computer: Colossus.

Tours will take place at 14:30 and 15:30 on Friday (Day 1) and at 10:30 and 12:30 on Saturday (Day 2). If you’re interested in taking a Bletchley Park tour, please muster outside just inside the mansion in the Atrium (where BlueVia and HMGCC also are) at one of these times.

[Update: the tours will be mustering inside the mansion in one of the common areas, not outside the mansion as originally posted.]

Turing and his Times

Video coverage from the 26/04 event at Bletchley Park

The video of the highly acclaimed Turing and his Times event organised by The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) is now online. The event, held on 26 April 2012, was to mark the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing and was the second of three Turing-themed events linking three of the top computing museums in the world.

Turing and his Times featured a talk by computer historian Prof Simon Lavington on Turing and his Contemporaries, a simulation of the Pilot ACE computer by TNMOC trustee Kevin Murrell, and the first formal public showing of a video commissioned by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) of the recollections of two of Turing’s colleagues. The event was chaired by highly respected journalist, commentator and technology critic, Bill Thompson.

The video is in three parts:

Part 1 Introduction and NPL video featuring two of Turing’s colleagues (14 mins).

 
Part 2 Prof Simon Lavington talks about Turing’s ideas post-1945.

 

Part 3 Kevin Murrell demonstrates a simulation of the Pilot ACE followed by a Q&A session with an unexpected appearance from the audience of someone who had actually programmed the Pilot ACE computer!

 

At The Computer History Museum in California on 7 March, historian George Dyson was in conversation with Museum President and CEO John Hollar about the influence of Alan Turing on John von Neumann (and vice-versa) as the digital universe was taking its present form.

 

 

In Germany, on 26 May, the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Germany, hosted an event featuring two short lectures: Professor Dr Horst Zuse talking about his father Konrad Zuse and his computers, Professor Dr Paul Rojas comparing Turing and Zuse, plus videos of their Turing exhibition and the Heinz Nixdorf Museum’s working mechanical Turing machine.

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s.

New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the restoration of the Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer, an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s, plus the NPL Technology of the Internet Gallery. In June 2010 TNMOC hosted Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival.

Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays, 2pm Sundays and some other days. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement and special organisation Away-Days can be booked.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+.

Take a Tour of the National Museum of Computing

Friday the 1st of June

Take the opportunity to learn more about the History of Computing right here at Bletchley Park by joining one of two tours of the Museum. A maximum of 20 people will be allowed on each tour, and the tour will last approximately on hour.

Tours will be at 13:00 and at 15:00. Please assemble at the Museum shop (on your right as you face H Block

Saturday the 2nd of June

On Saturday, attendees of OTA12 will have free access to the National Museum of Computing (including Colossus) from 1-5pm, when the volunteers will be working on machines. This is a nice option for people who would rather browse the museum at their own leisure, as well as have a chance to meet and chat with the Museum volunteers.

N.B. You must be wearing your badge. Simply enter through the main entrance and show your badge at the Reception Desk.

 

Make a Donation to the Museum

Don’t forget to make a donation to the National Museum of Computing, to help them in their training and educational work.

 

About The National Museum of Computing

The National Museum of Computing, located at Bletchley Park, is an independent charity housing the largest collection of functional historic computers in Europe, including a rebuilt Colossus, the world’s first electronic programmable computer. The Museum enables visitors to follow the development of computing from the ultra-secret pioneering efforts of the 1940s through the mainframes of the 1960s and 1970s, and the rise of personal computing in the 1980s.

New working exhibits are regularly unveiled and the public can already view a rebuilt and fully operational Colossus, the restoration of the Harwell Dekatron / WITCH computer, an ICL 2966, one of the workhorse mainframes computers of the 1980s, many of the earliest desktops of the 1980s and 1990s, plus the NPL Technology of the Internet Gallery. In June 2010 TNMOC hosted Britain’s first-ever Vintage Computer Festival.

Funders of the Museum include Bletchley Park Capital Partners, CreateOnline, Ceravision, InsightSoftware.com, PGP Corporation, IBM, NPL, HP Labs, BCS, Black Marble, and the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Museum is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1pm, and on Bank Holidays in spring and summer. Guided tours are also available at 2.30pm on Tuesdays, 2pm Sundays and some other days. Groups may visit at other times by arrangement and special organisation Away-Days can be booked.

For more information, see www.tnmoc.org and follow @tnmoc on Twitter and The National Museum of Computing on Facebook and Google+.

 

The Hack Day details for OTA12

Now that the event is getting close, it’s time to start revving up your creativity engines… there are some brilliant Hack Day Challenges on the programme this year, along with many excellent prizes!

The OTA12 Hack Day Challenges


The Bletchley Park Challenge

Devise a solution whereby one or more users can send ‘secret’ messages to each other using a dedicated BP-themed app. Read more about the Bletchley Park Challenge

 


The Secure Communications Challenge

Create a solution that addresses the three key aspects: ensuring that the content of communication is confidential and secure from interception by 3rd parties; that the communication channel is available and resistant to denial of service attacks; and that systems provide high integrity, allowing you to be confident that the other parties involved are who they say they are. Read more about the Secure Communications Challenge

 


The Facebook Open Graph Challenge

Build an iOS, Android or Mobile Web/HTML5 app which integrates with the Facebook Open Graph, and publishes Actions that help a user express their online identity through what they do. Read more about the Facebook Open Graph Challenge

 


The Kirin Challenge

Write an Android or iOS app that uses the Kirin tools. Read more about the Kirin Challenge


The Vodafone Embedded Hardware Hack Challenge

Create the most innovate and cool embedded hardware hack. This hack should show how an embedded device can be used to connect some aspect of a users life more intuitively to them. It can use any embedded hardware on the market (preferably Mbed) and connect using any wireless or fixed line technology (preferably a GSM, GPRS, or 3G one). It can even use a non-Vodafone cellular network! Examples could be home control, energy saving by monitoring and control, industrial applications, generic cloud based asset tracking, home or industrial gateways and hubs, exposing UI’s of embedded devices for enhanced control, integration with CAN bus on vehicles, embedded safety equipment, sensor networks, telemetry tracking and activation or anything else you can imagine! Read more about the Vodafone Embedded Hardware Hack Challenge.

The OTA12 General Hack Day Categories


Best in Show

This category is the Judges’s selection, based on all of the entries that they have seen both under-the-hood and on stage during the Demo’s. The Prize for the team that wins Best in Show is 2 Raspberry Pi’s donated by Vodafone Group R&D.

 


Audience Favourite

This category is the Audience’s selection. We don’t even try to prevent gaming of the system, we’re just counting on everyone to reward their genuine favourite entry fairly. Honour system! The Prize for the winner of the Audience Favourite is a LEGO Mindstorm for each member of the winning team (max = 5), donated by LEGO. (Please note that these will be the kits used during the workshop, and we will do our best to keep them complete and intact, but they will indeed be used.)

 


Best Science Hack

Ariel Waldman will be judging the Best Science Hack entry. The Prize for the winning team is a LEGO Mindstorm for each member of the winning team (max=5), donated by LEGO. (Please note that these will be the kits used during the workshop, and we will do our best to keep them complete and intact, but they will indeed be used.)

 


Best User Experience

William Vablais and the Blackberry Team will be judging the Best User Experience Entry. The Prize for the winning team is a BlackBerry PlayBook for each member (max = 5), donated by RIM.

The winning team will also receive the books Building the Real Time User ExperienceTapworthy, and Gamification by Design, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best use of Open APIs / Open Data

The Prize for the winner of the Best use of Open APIs / Open Data category is a Samsung Galaxy SII for each member of the winning team (max = 4), donated by Samsung.

 


Best Android Entry

Thibaut Rouffineau of WipConnector will be judging the Best Android Entry. The Prize for the winning team is a Galaxy Nexus for each member (max = 4), donated by Google.

The winning team will also receive from the Organisers of DroidCon:

  • 3 Droidcon tickets
  • 3 Android in practice books
  • 3 special Droidcon goodies!

But that’s not all! The winning team will ALSO receive the books Android CookbookProgramming Android, and Learning Android, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best iOS Entry

The winning team in the Best iOS category will receive the books Programming iOS 5Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript , and Learning iOS Programming, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best Windows Phone Entry

John Cooper, Keith Varty, and Janaina Pilomia will be judging the Best Windows Phone Entry.  The winning team will receive one Lumia 800 for each team member, donated by Nokia.

The winning team will also receive the books Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Developer GuideProgramming Windows Phone 7 – Silverlight Edition, and Programming Windows Phone 7 – XNA Framework Edition, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best Game Entry

The winning team will receive one  Corona Pro subscription for each team member (each subscription costs $349 per year), and the runner-up team will receive one Corona Indie subscription for each member (each subscription costs $199 per year), donated by Ansca Mobile.

Best Use of Other Features: Bluetooth, NFC, RFID and of course Messaging

The @BlueVia Marketing team have come up with a storming prize for @overtheair – a goodie bag of geekery….

 


Best Hardware Hack

The winning team will receive the books Arduino CookbookMaking Things SeeMake a Mind-Controlled Arduino RobotEnvironmental Monitoring with Arduino, and Getting Started with .NET Gadgeteer, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best Mobile Web / HTML5 Entry

The winning team will receive the books  jQuery Mobile,  Mobile Design Pattern Gallery,  Designing Mobile InterfacesHTML5: Up and Running,  HTML5 Cookbook, and HTML5 and CSS3, donated by O’Reilly Media.

 


Best Tablet Entry

The winning team will receive the books iPad: The Missing Manual,  Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual, and iPad programming , donated by O’Reilly Media.

Entering the Hack Day

To enter the OTA12 Hack Day competition, simply fill out the online form that will be made available after the Keynote on Friday morning, and select the technology & thematic challenge categories that apply to your Entry.

You will have until 10:00 on Saturday morning to make your Submission, in order to allow sufficient time for the Judges to take a peek under the hood before the demo’s on Saturday afternoon. You should aim to show an actual working demonstration, but it need not be perfect. Mock-ups are nice for sharing an idea, and will be allowed on stage, but won’t win you any prizes.

There are some basic Terms & Conditions for entering the competition, which you can read here (and which you implicitly agree to when you submit an entry). But the two most important things to note are that all IP belongs to those who worked on the entry, and that anything presented during the event will be in the public domain.

A huge thanks to our Dinner & Drinks Sponsors

We are really grateful for the support of Future Platforms, Marmalade, Padajo, Sponge, and Twilio in helping to cover the cost of Friday Night Dinner & Drinks!

[hr]Future Platforms

The clever team at Future Platforms are Over the Air regulars – showing off their prowess in designing, developing & launching lovely software products for mobile phones, with an emphasis on collaboration, participation & playfulness.  Future Platforms has recently been named in the top three in the independently curated 2012 list of the World’s Best Mobile App Developers.

Check out their Hack Day entries in previous years: Project Bluebell at Over The Air 2009OctoBastard at Over the Air 2008

Future Platforms on the OTA12 Programme @ 3:30 on Friday

James Hugman will be presenting the workshop Kirin: A Single Page Web App, with a Native UI at 3:30 on Friday in the Drawing Room in the Mansion.

Enter the Kirin Challenge on the Hack Day Programme.

[hr]Marmalade

Marmalade makes software that lets developers build and distribute cross-platform applications quickly, easily and without compromise. Our true cross-platform technology provides the best performance and the best portability – and all within the industry’s most open and flexible development environment.

That’s why tens of thousands of the world’s leading developers use Marmalade. Leading publishers includingElectronic ArtsSquare Enix and Konami; OEMs such as SamsungLG and RIM; operators like Korea Telecom; processor platforms like ARM; apps developers like GameshastraRoadPilotWorkSnugPlaysoft andNaturalMotion, as well as thousands of indies all know that the richest cross-platform applications are made with Marmalade.

Marmalade is a trading name of Ideaworks3D Limited, which was originally founded in 1998. The unique technology behind the Marmalade SDK was developed between 2005 and 2008 and battle tested through the development and deployment of high profile games such as Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Need for Speed and Resident Evil to mobile devices. The SDK was launched as ‘Airplay SDK’ in late 2009, before becoming Marmalade in June 2011.

Marmalade on the OTA12 Programme @ 11:15 on Friday

Alex Caccia, President of Marmalade, will be presenting the Workshop Cross-platform with one click with Marmalade. It really is that easy at 11:15 on Friday in the Library in the Mansion.

[hr]Padajo

padajo was started by Paul Johnston, a long time attendee and supporter of Over the Air. It is a new kind of consultancy with a focus on delivering ‘best of breed’ mobile apps and strategy.Paul has spent over 10 years working within the digital world, specialising in high end websites and service strategy and delivery for government departments and blue-chip clients.

Having spent time in several UK Digital and Integrated Agencies as Head of Digital and holding senior technical and Project Management roles, Paul had come to recognise that the mobile web and subsequently mobile apps were not properly understood by clients or agencies. Paul started padajo to fill this gap in the market. While there are some that can do the coding for an application there are very few in the UK who fully understand the necessary strategy and integration that an app can truly deliver. That’s what padajo is all about.

[hr]Sponge

Long-time OTA Supporter, and Co-Organiser in 2009 & 2010, Jo Rabin has recently joined the Sponge Group as CTO – Congrats Jo! 

Since 2002, we’ve worked with 300 different brands and organisations, from the bluest of blue-chips to the most innovative of start-ups. And we’ve delivered more than 10,000 different Mobile campaigns. If you can do it on Mobile, we’ll have done it. Text, voice, picture, video, apps, Bluetooth, search, interactive content, image recognition, mCRM, mCoupons. We’ve not only designed and built mobile internet sites, we’ve helped our publishing partners develop and implement monetisation strategies around those sites.

[hr]Twilio

OTA welcomes James Parton on the first day of his new job – as Twilio dials up the pizza!

Photocredit - Ewan Spence

Twilio is excited to join the mobile designers and developers this weekend, doing our part to help swamp Bletchley Park with beer and pizza. If it’s anything like last year bring your grappling hooks so you can repel down from the top of mount pepperoni.

I’ll be on site all day to answer questions about Twilio. Find me to say hello, I’ll be the one in the red Twilio track jacket. You can also tweet me @jamesparton, and try to catch me out with some difficult questions, as it’s my first official day representing Team Twilio.

New to the Twilio API? You can get started with a free trial here. Twilio is a web- service API that lets you use your existing web know how to build voice and SMS applications. Build apps that provide SMS notifications, apps that call your mum for you, and apps where you can make calls through the browser. We have mobile SDK for iOS and Android too. It’s quite easy to begin coding with Twilio, take a peak at the documentation here.

Can’t wait to see what you build.

 

Blackberry is Friday Night DJ Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Blackberry is sponsoring the Friday Night DJ at OTA12.

BlackBerry is an open platform that provides a variety of development languages and runtimes designed to fit your skills. Your choice will be based on a combination of familiarity, ailment possibly having a pre-existing codebase as well as the target devices you wish to serve. When you develop for the BlackBerry® platform, cheap you’ll have access to the resources you need to be successful, ed including simulators, enterprise developer content and comprehensive UI Guidelines.

Programme – Friday @ 15:30 & Saturday @ 9:30

Luca Sale of Research in Motion will be presenting the workshop Do you do?…….BB10 development choices are banging on your door! on Friday at 15:30 in the Music Room in the Mansion.

Simon Howard of Research in Motion will be presenting the workshop Embrace the out-of-the-box elegance: eye candy UI with zero effort on Saturday at 9:30 in the Marquee Tent.

Featuring:

 

 

InMobi is Sponsoring Saturday Breakfast

We are pleased to announce that InMobi is sponsoring Saturday Breakfast at OTA12.

InMobi is the largest independent mobile advertising network. With offices on five continents InMobi provides advertisers, here publishers and developers with a uniquely global solution for advertising. The network is growing and now delivers the unprecedented ability to reach 587 Million consumers, in over 165 countries, through more than 93.4 Billion mobile ad impressions monthly. The recent acquisition of Sprout, a leading HTML5 authoring platform for mobile rich media, helps expand the InMobi offering to creative agencies and brands. InMobi is venture-backed by investors including: SoftBank, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sherpalo Ventures. The company hasoffices in Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo. To learn more, please visit www.inmobi.com/research, follow us on Twitter @InMobi, or read our blog at www.inmobi.com/inmobiblog/.

Programme – Friday @ 11:15 & Saturday @ 9:30

Terence Eden of InMobi will be presenting the workshop Everything You Know About QR Codes is WRONG! on Friday at 11:15 in the Music Room in the Mansion.

On Saturday at 9:30 in the Music Room in the Mansion Terence will be presenting the workshop Mobile Advertising with InMobi

 

Pearson is a Silver Sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Pearson is a Silver Sponsor of OTA12.

The company behind Penguin Books, the Financial Times and multiple education businesses now has a developer platform. Explore and test our APIs, and build your own applications using our exciting content.

OTA12 Programme – Saturday @ 9:30

Dan Murphy & Lawrie Nichols will be presenting the workshop Making useful & fun apps with content apis… (or, how to code something other than a book reader!) at 9:30 on Saturday in the Ballroom in the Mansion.

Last Autumn Pearson released it’s first set of content APIs. Since then we’ve been busy releasing more data and APIs, sponsoring events and talking to devs. In this workshop we’ll take a walk through some of the things we’ve seen being built, give some tips to consider ,and do a live code demo showing how you can easily build a game in about 30 minutes.