Lightning Talks

On Friday evening, we invite everyone to gather together in one of the Marquees for a series of Lightning Talks, given by members of the community. If you have an idea for an amusing story, an inspiring vision, or an informative fact – then please submit a Lightning Talk proposal! The talks are 5 minutes each, but with no set number of slides – lots of room for creativity!

The OTA15 Lightning Talks 

21608106239_4db88991f1_zIn 2015 we were thrilled to welcome Melinda Seckington (an OTA regular) on the team to run that side of the event, updating our format away from the more rigid Ignite Talk format, towards a more flexible Lightning Talk style.

  1. Geoff Ballinger – Iot == Skynet?
  2. Maria Vrabie – Pitch time!
  3. Alistair MacDonald – A southerner’s guide to “The North”
  4. Margaret Gold – ScienceMakers (Science for All, and All for Science)
  5. Ernesto Jiminez – Making money from a 90 lines of code hack
  6. Abby Schlageter – What is ‘tech for good’?
  7. Thibaut Rouffineau – What should I write apps for? Spider ? Drone ? Fridge?
  8. Dom Hodgson – Plans for my spare room


Melinda's TalkThe OTA13 Ignite Bletchley Park Talks

Enlighten us, but make it quick! Ignite Talks are a well-established global public speaking format where participants speak on any topic for five minutes, using only 20 slides. 

    1. Cristiano Betta – My 6 years of Hack Days: from n00b to Organiser
    2. Daniel Knell – A Beginners Guide to Brainfuck
    3. Caz Mockett – Face Down Tuesday
    4. Tim Panton – Wanted: a Secure Private Communication
    5. Melinda Seckington – A History of Movie Aspect Ratios
    6. Chris Sinjakli – Lingua Franca: How our Mother Tongue changes our Code
    7. Manfred Bortenschlager – The Onion of Developer Evangelism
    8. Dom Hodgson – Geeks go to Disney World


The OTA12 Ignite Bletchley Park Talks

Luke Blaney: Using Languages to Redraw Boundaries

Luke is a web developer at FT Labs. Originally from Belfast, now lives in London (via Edinburgh). He is fluent in a number of languages, including English, Irish and PHP
Twitter: @lucas42

Imran Ghory: Sticking Crayons in Brains

Imran is a startup founder and freelance geek-of-all-trades working on hacking everything from data to marketing strategies. His
current pet project is SeedTable, a data analytics platform for startups.
Twitter: @imranghory

Tom Hume: Poking, not Stroking

Tom is a postgraduate student at Sussex University, doing an MSc in Advanced Computer Science. Before that he spent 11 years building, running and finally selling Future Platforms, a veteran UK software business that ships lovely software for mobile phones.”
Twitter: @twhume


Daniel Knell: Beyond Web-scale Databases

Daniel KnellDan is a Freelance Technical Architect and Developer from London, currently contracting at Peer Index where he is helping to re-architect their client facing properties.
Twitter: @danielknell


Alistair MacDonald: Duck 365

Alistair is a self-confessed geek who started his career as a software developer and is now concentrating on more creative and unusual projects while supporting startup technology companies. He is known for getting carried away with his various “pet projects” including one that accidentally created a duck character that became far more famous than Alistair ever will be.
Twitter: @alistair

Dan Murphy: Hippie Chimps

My current role is lead dev/techie for Pearson’s and it’s APIs, until recently I was the only dev on the project. Away from the tech world I have interests in cooking, wild food, nature and behaviorism. My family unit consists of myself, my wife, an almost 2 year old son and a 4 year old Lab whom we adopted from an Aunt.
Twitter: @dgem

Jeremy Newman: Turing Test for Identity

Jeremy Newman is a developer turned product manager turned software entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the computer industry. New Model Identity is his second software venture since he formed biometric signature firm, PenOp, in Somerset in 1990. He grew the company internationally, moving to the USA in 1994 to set up US operations, working from the company’s New York offices for five years serving customers in the US government, insurance, banking and pharmaceutical sectors. He is the co-author of 12 US patents covering electronic signatures and digital identity. Before PenOp, he worked at Acorn Computers of Cambridge and at OCR specialists, FormScan.

Peter Price: Visible Teens

Peter is a veteran of Over the Air. He has been a youth participant of OTA from its first meeting at Imperial College in 2008 and been an enthusiast ever since. He has helped to identify what would appeal to a youth audience by demonstrating apps and even participating in a “teenage dragon’s den”. His interest in mobile technologies and social networks converges this year in his talk about youth political activism and social media. Peter is 14, goes to the London Oratory School, and is a member of the Model United Nations and Amnesty International.

Twitter: @PeterP97

Linda Sandvik: Code Club

Linda is currently at, has a residency at Spike Island in Bristol as part of the Happenstance initiative and plans to ride semi-wild horses across Mongolia in August for the Mongol Derby.
Twitter: @hyper_linda

The OTA11 Ignite Bletchley Park Talks:

Opening Speaker – Bill Thompson

At last year’s event we were thrilled to have Bill Thompson of the BBC as our opening speaker, who took a philosophical look at the way the proliferation of online and mobile has changed society and introduced the Digital Public Space as a concept which will potentially change the landscape of society and the internet.

New media pioneer Bill Thompson is a journalist, commentator and technology critic based in Cambridge, England. He has been working in, on and around the Internet since 1984. He contributes to other publications both on and off-line, including The Guardian and The New Statesman. He writes a monthly column for new net users for BBC WebWise, and a technology column for Focus magazine

Bill appears weekly on ‘Click‘ (formerly ‘Digital Planet’ and ‘Go Digital’) on the BBC World Service and occasionally on other BBC radio and television programmes. You can find him online, working in one of Cambridge’s many cafés, or at the bar of the ICA.!/billt

Ewan Spence

Ewan is known for his strong views on mobile technology and ensuring assessibility to it all; a love of trivia; the new media landscape on the internet; the effect technology and communication will have on the public conscious and existing businesses.

He has been active in this space for over ten years, working for a number of sites, publications and media companies, some for long periods of time, others for commissions, one-off pieces or a series of articles or shows.

As Scotland’s first podcaster, he’s been a prominent voice in the rise of podcasting and new media online, picking up a BAFTA nomination for my coverage of the Edinburgh Fringe along the way.

At Ignite Bletchley Park 2011, Ewan talked about ‘Everything I ever needed to know about European politics I learned from the Eurovision Song Contest’!/ewan

Alistair MacDonald

Alistair is a self-confessed geek with a fascination for transport. By trade he is a real-time software developer and radio travel presenter, two completely different skills that often get mixed up in his “pet projects”. Currently Alistair is working with the start-up Usable HQ Ltd.

At Ignite Bletchley Park 2011, Alistair talked about ‘The Metro Simulator. Simulating a light transport system on a web server’!/alistair

 Terence Eden

Terence Eden has been working on the mobile Internet since long before it was fashionable. He consults on QR codes, mobile strategy, and mobile security matters.

His work has featured in Wired, The Guardian, The Register, and Now Celebrity Weddings.

At Ignite Bletchley Park 2011, Terence talked about ‘QRpedia – linking museums and Wikipedia with QR codes’.!/edent

 James Hugman

James is a geek living in Brighton. Despite being on the internet since 1991, he doesn’t have a tan, and is not an anarchist. At Ignite Bletchlye Park, James will be talking about ‘The Technologies of a Modern Revolution’.

 Chris Monk

Chris is a carer, educationalist, once a teacher and now volunteer at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. He is keen to encourage young people to learn about computing and whenever possible to get them to experience learning outside the classroom.

At Ignite Bletchley Park 2011, Chris talked about ‘Kids can’t code’ and has asked that you show your support for the National Museum of Computing by tweeting using #tnmoc.

Dr Alex Blewitt

Dr Alex Blewitt is passionate supporter of both OSGi and Eclipse, having first been introduced before the release of Eclipse 1.0, and getting involved in the open-source project just before the OSGitransition happened with the release of Eclipse 3.0. He was nominated (and a top three finalist) for Eclipse Ambassador in 2007, as recognition of his contributions as chief editorEclipseZone.

Alex spent many years working with Java, having founded International Object Solutions Limited in 1997, just after Java 1.1 was released. Now he spends his time development on mobile platforms at Bandlem Limited, which he founded in 2010. Alex currently writes for InfoQ covering both OSGi and Eclipse, and continues to develop modular applications in his spare time. His ObjectivEClipseproject was used as the basis for the Sony Snap Developer IDE, and many are using the ZFS port on OSX, which he maintains. In what little time he has left over, he spends with his young family and has been known to take them flying if the weather’s nice.

At Ignite Bletchley Park 2011, Alex talked about ‘Git and Gerrit for Distributed Code Review’.

[hr] Imran Ghory

Imran used to work in the city figuring out how currencies worked, until he discovered that it was much more fun to make up your own job. He now focuses full-time on geeky side-projects, drawing a web-comic and blogging. He accidentally built up expertise in the startup world so occasionally does consultancy and lecturing in the field.

At Ignite Bletchley Park 2011, Imran Will talked about ‘Cracking Cryptics’.