Coffee Sponsored by Corona Labs

We are pleased to announce that Corona Labs is sponsoring the Coffee at OTA13.

Corona Labs is re-inventing how the world builds mobile apps

Corona Labs’ mission is to enable anyone to create high quality 2D mobile apps and games. Our flagship product, Corona® SDK, is the world’s most advanced development platform, and is used by over 250,000 global developers to create games, eBooks, business apps and other mobile experiences.

Whether you’re an enthusiast or a professional, a small team or a big studio, a publisher or an agency, you can quickly and easily create world-class apps with Corona SDK.

Corona SDK Starter is Corona Labs’ free development solution, allowing developers to quickly build and publish to iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and NOOK at no cost. For more information, please visit

Breakfast Sponsored by TokBox

We are pleased to announced that TokBox is the Sponsor of Saturday Breakfast at OTA13.

TokBox develops and operates OpenTok, capsule a global service that enables you to add live face-to-face video experiences to any web or mobile property. We believe that integrating live video into products should be simple, advice whether you’re developing an app for one-to-one calls or for complex large-scale broadcasts.

OpenTok is a flexible platform that leverages cutting-edge video, for sale audio, and networking technologies such as WebRTC to bring the best possible experience to your browser or device through simple APIs.

In 2012, TokBox was acquired by Telefónica Digital, a division of Telefónica S.A.@tefdigital is the global digital technology and innovation arm of Telefónica, the leading global integrated communications operator.

Search for the Heaviest Mobile Website

Our friends at have launched to Heaviest Web Site 2013 Competition

Enter for your chance to win $1000

The web has a weight problem, and mobile devices are struggling. understands that in order to offer a great mobile web experience, you need to optimise your website for performance. This means slimming down your mobile page weight in order for it to load quickly and efficiently.

All over the web there are heavy, poor-performing mobile websites and wants you to find them!

To enter:

  1. Search the web for the largest mobile web site (in kbs) you can find
  2. Use the button below to enter the domain
  3. will perform the official weigh-in and announce the winner on the 28th of September 2013

If you find the mobile website with the largest page weight you will win a whopping $1000.

Unsure how to test a website for it’s mobile page weight? Follow the tutorial blog: Testing your website for mobile performance

Twilio is an Event Sponsor

We are proud to announce that Twilio is an Event Sponsor of OTA13

Twilio powers the future of business communications, thumb enabling phones, medicine VoIP, shop and messaging to be embedded into web, desktop, and mobile software. We take care of the messy telecom hardware and expose a globally available cloud API that developers can interact with to build intelligent & complex communications systems. As your app’s usage scales up or down, Twilio automatically scales with you. You only pay for what you use – no contracts, no shenanigans.

Nokia and Microsoft are Event Sponsors

We are pleased to announce that Nokia and Microsoft are Event Sponsors of OTA13

Nokia and Microsoft are really excited to be sponsoring Over the Air this year. It’s a brilliant event for designers, developers and technologists to gather in a great environment and collaborate on bringing some fresh and creative mobile ideas to life. With technology and UX experts from Microsoft and Nokia, we’ll make sure the right resources, tools and services are available for free to anyone building for our platform. We’ll have some great prizes such as Xbox’s, Lumia smartphones, Windows tablets, JBL NFC Speakers and Monster headphones for the best apps created at OTA that use Nokia API’s and Windows Azure developed for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 platforms. Finally, we’ll have some expert/hands-on sessions on various Nokia and Microsoft developer topics for anyone new to the platform. We’ll be posting a resource page on the OTA website soon where you’ll be able to download tools, SDK’s, resources etc so that you can get set up prior to the OTA event.Any further information on Nokia and Microsoft involvement at OTA can be directed to Riaz Ahmed, Developer Evangelist, Nokia UK (, @TheRealRiaz on twitter).


Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Nokia Developer offers a range of tools, resources and technologies to help developers build cutting-edge apps for hundreds of millions of Nokia Lumia Windows Phones and Nokia Asha phones. For more information, visit


Microsoft has consistently transformed the way that people live, work, play and connect through great technology. We are inspired every day by the genuine belief that we can change the world for the better. At find out more about how we are driving advances in cloud computing, developing new ways for people to interact with technology at home, at work and on the move, while transforming education and public services and supporting the UK economy. Microsoft is still a young company. We’ve been at the centre of the revolutionary changes that technology has brought to every aspect of our lives and we’ll be at the centre of tomorrow’s transformations. The best is yet to come.

For Windows 8 developer resources see design resources see and for Windows Phone developer resources see  

Friday Dinner Sponsored by Pearson

We are pleased to announce that Pearson is the Sponsor of Friday Dinner at  OTA13.

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services, business information through the Financial Times Group and consumer publishing through the Penguin brand. In addition, Pearson’s API platform has various content APIs which cover topics such as food, travel, literature and education. 

Getting started is easy – simply register on You will automatically receive a sandbox key with which you can try out all the APIs.

Ready, Steady, GO!

Bletchley Park Mansion OTA11 - photo by Michael Dales

The 6th annual Over the Air will be held on Friday & Saturday the 27th & 28th of September at Bletchley Park. For two days we’ll be based at Station X, hacking in the shadows of the WWII Enigma & Lorenz code-breakers, and hanging out at the home of Colossus the world’s first programmable computer….we’re geeking out already!



Ariel Waldman's opening Keynote "Hacking Science & Space Exploration" at OTA12

Over the Air is a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community,  featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new mobile & web platforms, operating systems, APIs & open hardware. The tutorial sessions feature real business cases, new insights and a healthy dollop of inspiration.




Inside the Mansion OTA12 - photo by Martin Cunningham

Attendees are invited to stay overnight so that they can work on ideas, apps and hacks on the fly – to be entered into the various Hack Day competition categories and demo’ed on the second day. It’s a great vibe of bean bags, gadgets, knowledge sharing, hacking & lots of good fun.

Hacking on the Lawn at OTA11





Because the event is free to attend (other than a small £5 donation to a related charity) we completely rely on the generosity of our sponsors to cover our costs and keep the event free to attend. If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please get in touch with margaret at overtheair dot org.