The Programme

Extending the Web at OTA16

At Over the Air we’ve always had an underlying theme of connected applications and the interconnection of things. We’ve also always had a focus on the open web, and especially the use of the web on mobile devices.

This year our focus turns to how the Web can be extended – extended to the world around us (through the internet of things), extended to the way we communicate, extended to new modalities of use and extended to across diverse communities of users.

Friday the 25th

Hadley BeemanDoors Open at 8:30 – Welcome & Keynote at 10:00

Our opening Keynote Speaker on Friday morning is Hadley Beeman, someone well known to the UK tech community. Hadley is currently a member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group which Dan co-chairs and works with him there at the cutting edge of web technologies.

Workshop Programme (and Hackathon) opens at 11:30

Throughout the two days we’ll be exploring  more themes around the extension of the Web, with (amongst others):

  • Ada Rose Edwards  talking about the future of Web VR, moving the web into emerging virtual reality platforms,
  • Peter O’Shaughnessy  talking about web bluetooth, extending the web by allowing web applications to connect to devices around you,
  • Tim Panton will be talking about how to use WebRTC peer-to-peer technologies to enable control of connected Internet-of-Things devices in a secure and decentralized way, and
  • Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino will give us a snapshot of the IoT landscape today. Terence Eden will be speaking about some of the dangers and anti-patterns in the Internet of Things,
  • Charlotte Spencer  speaking about the culture of open source, and
  • James Smith  talking about how we can take open source / open web culture and apply it to the political arena.

Lightning Talks at 19:00

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.  Find out more about the Lightning Talks.

Sleepover in the Main Hall or Tents on the Grounds

All participants are invited to stay overnight as they continue to work on your Hackathon projects or just hang out with each other. There will be places to sleep inside the main building, and lots of space to pitch up a tent on the lawns.

Saturday the 26th

leonie watsonKeynote at 10:00

Our Keynote Speaker kicking off the second day is Léonie Watson, also a leader in web standards and as co-chair of the Web Platform working group also at the forefront of emerging web tech.

Hackathon Show & Tell at 3:00

After lunch on the second day the hacking ends and all entrants are invited on stage for a Show & Tell, for which there are always many awards to be won. Find out more about the Hackathon.


Full Schedule