Event round-up OTA15

For the 7th edition of Over the Air, we returned to London in the grand setting of St. John’s Hoxton, at the borders of Hackney and Shoreditch, for a fresh new environment that added it’s own flavour and colour to our annual event:

Photo credit: Benjamin Ellis; Source: Flickr Over the Air group pool

Photo credit: Benjamin Ellis; Source: Flickr Over the Air group pool

(Check out the OTA Flickr Pool for more photos of the event)

We were particularly proud to launch the 2015 event with Howard Baker –  “Father” of the BBC micro:bit  – as our Keynote Speaker.


We capped ticket ‘sales’ at 550 this year as we got to know a new venue and it’s own particular capacity limitations, so are very pleased to have had just under 500 people across the two days, with a peak attendance of 350 on Friday after lunch.

We received some great press coverage of the event on Forbes, featuring the BBC micro:bit , and were super chuffed to have hosted the first BBC micro:bit Coder Dojo. We’re excited to see them roll out in 2016, to inspire the next generation of coders!

The full programme, plus slides from the workshops and talks can be found on our Lanyrd webpage, and the results of the Hack Day competition can be found here.

And although much of back channel conversation took place over a dedicated Slackline channel this year, we were able to capture the flow of OTA15 on Storify:

And last, but not least – it was with great sadness that we announced the retirement of Matthew Cashmore from the OTA organisational team – and wished him well as he follows a brand new career path into the priesthood.

He will be sorely missed. Especially as he has been saving our skin from day one! Ask Matthew the one about the Daleks. Or the one about the pyrotechnics license. Or the one about….


As our Logistics Maestro Extraordinaire, Matthew will be impossible to replace. But it’s a great opportunity to start growing the team who run Over the Air, and we invite anyone who might be interested in helping make OTA16 happen in any capacity to get in touch with Margaret or Dan @overtheair.org

Plans are already being hatched for OTA16, so keep your eyes peeled for date announcements in the new year.

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