And that’s a wrap.

A huge thank-you to everyone who made OTA16 a fantastic event – the 8th and last, of the Over the Air series.

 

The workshop programme was full of some truly amazing talks, the hall was filled with the buzzing of collaborations and learning, the crypt was a bean-bag filled cozy hacking zone, and the hack entries were awesome! With huge props to the Sponsors who made it all possible.

And at the heart of the event is of course the Over the Air community – that’s you!

Here are the first of the photos in the OTA16 Album in our Flickr Group – do add your own as well.
Over the Air 2016
(Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to request the removal of any of these images – we were counting on folks telling us throughout the event if they’d prefer their photo not be taken.)

Interviews by Christian Payne (Documentally) on Twitter & Audioboom

The lovely team at Nexmo, our cornerstone Sponsor this year, invited Christian to interview a number of participants, some of which you can find here on Audioboom, and others you can find on Twitter – such as his interviews with Rev. Graham Hunter, Paul Johnston, Dom Hodgson, Andy Piper (two times) , CoderDojo attendee Simone Luis,  Tom Durrant, Matthew Rollins, Tristan Roddis (and Paul again), Sam Machin, Alex Bucknall, James Smith, Hadley Beeman,

 

Read the full Storify here! (Once again, courtesy of Christian Payne)

Here’s a taste of the conversations that took place – too much for one blog post naturally, so do check out the full storify.

NEW DATES!!! November 25th & 26th, 2016

Many of you who have been following us on @overtheair and #ota16 have been asking us about when registration would open this year, and indeed we’ve been hesitating to go live because we saw that this moment was coming… we need to move the dates for this year’s Over the Air to November.

It’s been a mighty ‘newsworthy’ few months with lots of changes going on in the industry, and we simply haven’t had enough sponsorship commitment at this point to put on a good event in 6 weeks time. But now that we’ve bitten the bullet, we’re raring to go again.

For starters: Registration is now Open!

Although tickets are free as always, for the first time we are inviting those who are able to make a donation towards the costs of the event. If you can make a contribution of any value, it will be greatly appreciated.

And while you’re at it, why don’t you also submit a proposal for a workshop? As sessions become finalised we’ll be posting them along with speaker details on Lanyrd.

We hope to see you in November.

 

 

 

The OTA13 Round-up

Marquee OTA13 smallerIt’s hard to believe that a whole week has gone by already, since the 6th edition of Over the Air at Bletchley Park, on the 27th & 28th of September. A huge cheer to all of you who attended, spoke, sponsored, donated prizes and participated in the Hack Day – YOU are the ones that make it awesome.

It was a more intimate event this year, with 465 in total attending – which is a pretty good turn-out considering we capped ticket sales at 450!

DevLabThis year’s highlights include the launch of DevLab and their DEVICE initiative, together with UCL Decide. DEVICE is part of the new IDEALondon centre in Shoreditch, and will provide developers with hands-on access to a wide range of devices for exploring and testing from across all platform ecosystems.

tnmoc_logoThe attendees of OTA13 also raised an amazing £6,000+ for the National Museum of Computing, thanks to a Justgiving Campaign by PayPal, where they matched the donations from attendees 1 for 1,  which will be matched again by a benefactor of TNMOC. (The campaign is still live – so make sure you get your donation in quick!!)

3d scanning3d printingThe Bletchley Park Mansion was augmented this year with a 3D scanning set-up brought out by Hercules Fisherman and his Thingmaker crew, and a 3D printer brought out by Terence Eden of O2 Labs. Watch out for many freaky plastic heads showing up on TwitPic in the near future…

As always an amazing range of creativity, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing was on display – too much to mention in a week of blog posts, let alone one round-up! You can get a pretty good feel for the event at this Eventifier Round-up, as well as our own Storify Page. (ping margaret at over the air dot org if I’ve missed anything…)

 

Speakers Presentations

 

The Over the Air Flickr Pool

Blog Coverage

PodCast Coverage

 

Video Coverage

Francesco Frison has put together a great clip of his experience of Over the Air 2013, including the tour of the National Museum of Computing:

 

#TheOpenAgenda – Why the world needs an open future

By: Daniel Appelquist (@torgo), Open Web Advocate, Telefonica Digital

At Telefónica, we recently launched something called #TheOpenAgenda (www.theopenagenda.com) – a cross-industry initiative  to ask what does open mean and why is it so important?

The concept of open first gained traction in the technology industry with the birth of the free software movement in the 1980s, which evolved into today’s hugely successful open source movement. Open source provides free access to software code in order for anyone to make changes and improvements to the final product.

This ability for huge networks of individuals to pool their collective expertise led to an unparalleled boom in technical and creative innovation.

Open, defined as ‘accessible to all, free from limitations, boundaries or restrictions’, has since been widely adopted across increasingly broad sectors of technology and the digital world.

Open access to what have become the basic building blocks of our society promises to provide incredible benefits to consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Governments realize this and are opening up the data they hold to third parties to enable the creation of services that will better serve their citizens. Businesses realize this and are opening up to their customers, giving them the ability to become true participants in the business rather than just sales targets.

The value of open is also being recognized in an increasing willingness by companies to collaborate and partner with third parties and even their rivals in order to better serve their customers. In fact, companies in all industries are opening dedicated open initiatives.  In July 2013, Rolls-Royce launched an open innovation program, joining the likes of Unilever, which launched its own in 2012.

The open philosophy is reaching into all areas of business. The European Commission in June 2013, for instance, in its Digital Agenda for Europe, called for better use of standards in procurement to stop businesses becoming locked in to ICT systems.

The World Wide Web, the backbone of today’s society and economy, was of course founded on a principle of openness that has resulted in the birth of some of the most innovative companies the world has ever seen.

TelefonicaDigitalSquareHighResTelefónica itself is also embracing open in various ways that are driving the open web, such as our support of Firefox OS, open data, including a partnership with the Open Data Institute, and open innovation, through initiatives such as our Wayra start-up incubator. The support that Telefónica shows for the Over the Air event itself is also about putting some energy back into the community to support open innovation.

However, we should be under no illusions of the challenges that remain ahead.  The open philosophy, despite the enormous benefits it offers all levels of society, is often fighting against a deeply engrained attitude of resistance to free access of information.

The growth of the open Web on mobile for instance, is being held back by a return to closed ecoystems and walled gardens. Consumers are being corralled into proprietary systems, only able to access certain content. Content bought through one service is not transferrable when consumers switch and choice is being dramatically curtailed.

We believe the value of open is worth fighting for. The concept is too important to be become merely a commodity, a truism that is devalued by those without a true commitment to the open philosophy.

#TheOpenAgenda is a cross-industry project collating the views of leading thinkers from across the open movement. It will dig deep into the meaning of open across three key areas: open web, open data and open innovation.

It will discover exactly how the value of open is being delivered in each area to benefit consumers, business, and society, discovering the challenges ahead and how they are being overcome.

The aim of #TheOpenAgenda is to catalyse global debate around the concept of open. Through a series of online and real world events, we will engage stakeholders across multiple industries to employ the very collaborative principles of the open movement to help define and spread the benefits of open.

As a worldwide society we need to debate the value and issues of open – it’s crucial to all our futures.

Join the debate on Twitter using #theopenagenda and @tefdigital – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Be sure to check out the Paper Enigma Challenge

PringlesBe sure to pick up a tin of Pringles when you’re at Over the Air this year, but not just to have a little snack – Franklin Heath have put together a little Paper Engima Challenge for you!
Franklin Heath are the developers of the Enigma Android app, which features realistic animation of the scrambler wheels and other features of using the Enigma machine.

“At least half of the money we raise with this app will be donated to the Bletchley Park Trust, dedicated to preserving the historic site where maths genius and computing pioneer Alan Turing and the other codebreakers worked.”

Read Franklin Heath’s blog post about the app here: http://franklinheath.co.uk/2012/02/04/our-first-app-published-enigma-simulator/.