Getting Ready for OTA15
The Marquees are up, the Bean Bags are fluffed and spread around the building, lots of lovely mysterious packages have arrived, and we’re raring to go!
Getting to the Venue
The gates of St. John’s Hoxton will be open for registration at 9:00, with coffee and tea on offer in the main building until the whole thing kicks off at 10:00. You don’t need a physical ticket, we have your names at the door.
The Venue is a short walk from Old Street Tube Station, and you’ll need to head up to the western side of the grounds for the main gate.
If you’re driving, there is parking in the neighbourhood and a number of paid parking spaces close by. Here’s a handy overview of the options.
There is wheelchair access throughout the entire venue.
What you Need to Bring
Bring your own devices and chargers, we’ll provide you with all of the WiFi details on arrival and there will be power throughout the whole venue.
Bring a tent and/or sleeping bag if you’re staying with us overnight. There is plenty of space to camp on the grounds and lots of quiet corners inside the main building to roll out a sleeping bag. We also have showers and extra washrooms out on the grounds.
Bring your business cards to keep in touch with all of the great new people that you’ll meet, and to leave with the workshop session speakers you would like to follow up with you afterwards.
Bring emergency rations – we’ve done our best to make sure you’ll be well fed, watered and caffeinated throughout the whole event, but haven’t been able to cater to all of the dietary considerations that we would have liked to. If you have special requirements, we recommend that you bring a few things of your own just in case.
Plan your Programme
As always, it’s an action-packed programme with lots to choose from. Take a browse through theschedule on Lanyrd and “track” the talks you’re interested in for a handy personalised mini-programme that will show in “your sessions”.
Check out the Hack Day Categories
If you need a bit of inspiration about what you might want to work on during the Hack Day, the list of Challenges, Categories and Prizes are now all posted, and there is some very cool stuff to be won!
We’re looking forward to seeing your hacks and ideas at the Show & Tell on Saturday afternoon. We’ll be posting an online form tomorrow where you can submit your hacks, and indicate which categories they fit in.
Join the Conversation
There is lots of buzz already happening on Twitter with the #ota15 tag for this year’s event, but we also have a dedicated Slackline set up as well – making it easy to find each other and collaborate throughout the two days.
Although there is lots we’ll share on Twitter, we’ll use the Slackline for event specifics such as the Hack Day entry forms, and hot fresh coffee. You can join the Slackline here: https://slackline.io/shared_channels/overtheair
If you have any questions or trouble joining the shared channel, you can contact the Slackline team at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the in-app chat athttps://slackline.io – You will also be able to find them hacking at Over The Air!
FREE Azure Passes, courtesy of Microsoft
Microsoft is sponsoring a free 1-month Azure Pass for all attendees at Over the Air. Developers and makers can build and scale their projects with up to $100 of Microsoft Azure cloud resources on demand– from analytics, computing, database, mobile app services, networking and storage to web. To get a head start, find out what you can do atwww.azure.com or go to learning resources at Microsoft Virtual Academy
Thank-you to our Supporters & Sponsors
And last but not least a huge thank-you goes to our Support Partner and Sponsors for making OTA15 possible – we can’t do it without them!