One day to go!!

We hope you’re as excited as we are!

We’ve seen many new registrations role in over the past two days, so you may have missed some of our messages from the registration platform.

Here is some information that you’ll need as you’re starting to prepare for tomorrow:

1. Check out your travel route to the event. St. John’s Hoxton is at the junction of New North Rd and Pitfield St, a short walk from Old St or Hoxton tube stations, and close to the 271 and 394 bus routes. If you’re driving, the post code is N1 6NP, and you can book parking on the premises for £11 per day.

2. Check out your travel times. We’re opening up registration bright and early at 8:30(there’ll be coffee and tea, plus lots of great local caffs for a take-away), and the whole thing kicks off at 10:00. The Lightning Talks should be finished by around 8:30 or 9:00 if you’re catching a train back – but we hope that you’ll stay overnight with us at the venue! Saturday morning also kicks off at 10:00.

3. Pack your overnight gear. That’s right, you’re welcome to stay with us over night! There is lots of room on the grassy grounds for camping, or roll out your sleeping bag in a cozy corner of the main building (where there will also be a female-only space available). Don’t forget your toothbrush.

OTA09 t-shirt4. Pack you chargers, memory cards, laptop, hackable devices, prototyping kit, LEDs, Sugru, drones, nerd-cred t-shirts, emergency chocolate bars, stickers to give away… maybe pre-download a few handy libraries while you’re at it.

5. Bring your own lanyard and show us all of the cool events you’ve been to lately (while also showing us your name).

6. Check out the programme on Lanyrd and build your own schedule by selecting ‘Plan to Attend’ or ‘Track’. While you’re at it, let other folks know you’re going by marking yourself as ‘Attending’ .

7. Have a read through of this year’s Hackathon Challenges for some inspiration and ideas about what you might hack.

8. Toss around some ideas with others by joining the conversation on Slackline.

9. Have a quick read of our Hack Day Code of Conduct. We know it’s clear but it is very worth mentioning one more time – ALL are welcome at Over the Air!

10. Get some sleep tonight! …you might not tomorrow 🙂

 

See you soon!

Margaret & Dan

Thank-you to our Speakers

Every year, we open up the Over the Air workshop programme to the community, inviting you to become a central part of the  Workshop Programme, with a wide range of talks introducing new technologies, platforms, APIs, SDKs, use cases, and much more.

Mike Taulty OTA15A very big thank-you goes to the many people who contributed to the OTA15 programme! We have heard lots of brilliant feedback about just how informative, helpful and inspirational your talks were. Full session details can be found on Lanyrd –  http://lanyrd.com/2015/ota15/schedule/ – and we’ve invited all speakers to share their slides, videos, and other materials as “coverage”.

Many of the hacks presented at the Show & Tell on Saturday made use of technology or ideas that you presented.

And of course we were particularly thrilled to host the first Coder Dojo session for kids for the BBC Micro:bit (see https://twitter.com/CoderDojoLondon/status/647723541241196544).

Micro:bit Teach the Teachers

Introducing our Keynote Speaker: Howard Baker

We are very excited to announce that our Keynote Speaker at Over the Air 2015 is Howard Baker, order Innovations Editor at BBC Learning, cialis and “Father” of the BBC micro:bit. (See the recent article in Wired about the birth of the BBC micro:bit)

howard_smallHoward is lucky enough to spend his time looking at new technologies and ideas that impact learning and investigate them for BBC Learning. As lead of one of the teams looking at what the BBC could do in 2015 for digital creativity and coding he was responsible for developing the BBC micro:bit and is now working on its delivery.

His current interests include: Internet of Things, digital making, coding, physical computing, learning and the quantified self and how to help young people unleash their creativity in the 21st century.

You can follow Howard on Twitter @aitchbaker

Closing Keynote: Professor Fred Piper on Cryptography: Past & Present

Professor Fred PiperWe are very excited to announce that Professor Fred Piper of Royal Holloway University of London will be delivering our closing keynote (on Saturday the 1st of October at 14:30 in the Marquee Tent). Professor Piper is a world-renowned expert in the field of information security and (in line with our choice of venue this year, seek and our focus on mobile security) will be talking about the past & future of cryptography.

 

Prof Fred Piper BSc PhD (London) CEng CMath FIEE ARCS DIC FIMA M.InstIISP was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of London in 1975 and has worked in information security since 1979. In 1985, he formed a company, Codes & Ciphers Ltd, which offers consultancy advice in all aspects of information security. He has acted as a consultant to over 80 companies including a number of financial institutions and major industrial companies in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa and the USA. The consultancy work has been varied and has included algorithm design and analysis, work on EFTPOS and ATM networks, data systems, security audits, risk analysis and the formulation of security policies. He has lectured worldwide on information security, both academically and commercially, has published more than 100 papers and is joint author of Cipher Systems (1982), one of the first books to be published on the subject of protection of communications, Secure Speech Communications (1985), Digital Signatures – Security & Controls (1999) and Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction (2002).

Fred has been a member of a number of DTI advisory groups. He has also served on a number of Foresight Crime Prevention Panels and task forces concerned with fraud control, security and privacy. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Bletchley Park and the Board of the Institute of Information Security professionals. He is also a member of (ISC)2’s European Advisory Board, the steering group of the DTI’s Cyber Security KTN, ISSA’s advisory panel and the BCS’s Information Security Forum.

In 2002, he was awarded an IMA Gold Medal for “services to mathematics” and received an honorary CISSP for “leadership in Information Security”. In 2003, Fred received an honorary CISM for “globally recognised leadership” and “contribution to the Information Security Profession”.

In 2005 he was elected to the ISSA Hall of Fame. He was named Professional of the Year at the Communications in Business Awards 2005. In 2008 he was elected to be a Fellow of (ISC)2. In 2008 he was the first person to be elected to the InfoSecurity Europe Hall of Fame. In 2008 he was elected to the International Advisory Board of IMPACT (the International Multilateral Programme Against Cyber Threats)

 

Opening Keynote: Dr. Sue Black: Building Bletchley Park

Dr. Sue BlackWe are very excited to announce that Dr. Sue Black will be delivering the opening keynote talk for this year’s Over the Air! A senior research associate at University College London, Dr. Black has been tireless in her support of Bletchley Park and of women in technology. She was also named one of London’s “Top 20 Technology Tweeters” by LondonLovesBusiness.com. She’ll be talking a bit about the history of our venue and the pioneering work in the field of computer science that took place there.

Sue Black is Senior Research Associate in the Software Systems Engineering group in the the Department of Computer Science at University College London and a Senior Consultant with Cornerstone Global Associates. You can find Sue on Wikipedia, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter.

In 2009 Sue has been named Tech Hero by ITPRO magazine: “We look to Sir Tim, Sue Black and other tech leaders for inspiration”. She has also been presented with the BCS John Ivinson award and nominated for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2009: IT Twitter User of the Year!!!

keen researcher, Sue completed a PhD in software measurement in 2001 in which she reformulated an algorithm used to compute the ripple effect measure for C source code. Her research interests aresoftware engineering, software measurement and software evolution and she is interested in anything that can help to improve the quality of software. Her most recent collaborative research paper is “Formal vs Agile: survival of the fittest” and single author paper “Deriving an approximation algorithm for automatic computation of ripple effect measures” .

Since 1998 Sue has been campaigning for equality, and more support, for women in tech. She founded the online networks LondonBCSWomen in 1999 and BCSWomen in 2001, BCSWomen now has over 1200 members.

Sue blogs about her campaign to save Bletchley Park and the interesting times that she has had while raising awareness of its financial situation. Since July 2008, Sue has been raising awareness of the plight ofBletchley Park the site where codebreakers such as Alan Turing worked during World War Two. The work carried out there shortened that war by possibly two years saving millions of lives. Bletchley Park is also the birthplace of the first programmable, digital computer Colossus invented by Tommy Flowers .

The Product Doctor can see you now..

The Product Doctor returns to OTA 2011 for the 3rd year running!

Julia Shalet @ OTA10 - photo credit Benjamin Ellis

Following the successes of the Travelling Teen Panel at OTA 2009 and the Product Doctor Drop in Surgery at OTA 2010, there the Product Doctors are offering complimentary Product Health Checks at OTA 2011.

The Doctors will be happy to see you if you have a product at any stage, order from concept through to live – perhaps you want to bring the product you are creating for the hacking competition?

To book your session, please email julia@productdoctor.co.uk with some preferred times.