Ignite Bletchley Park

Even if you can’t join us for the full OTA11 event, you should definitely try to make it out to Bletchley Park for Friday evening, as we will be introducing an exciting new element to the programme:

Ignite is a global event, organized by volunteers, where participants are given five minutes to speak about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by 20 slides. Each slide is displayed for 15 seconds, and slides are automatically advanced. The Ignite format is similar to Pecha Kucha, which features 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each. The presentations are meant to “ignite” the audience on a subject, i.e. to generate awareness and to stimulate thought and action on the subjects- Wikipedia


The event-within-an-event is being organised by Ignite Cardiff’s  very own Claire Scantlebury, and the submission form is still open for speakers to come along and volunteer to give a five minute talk. The rule is – you can’t talk about yourself or your job (so no blatant self-promotion is allowed) but if you’re passionate about something or want to talk about something cool and innovative then just fill in the form behind the link above and we’ll be in touch.

See you on Friday night!

Opening Speaker – Bill Thompson

We are thrilled to announce that our opening speaker is Bill Thompson of the BBC, who will be taking a philosophical look at the way the proliferation of online and mobile has changed society and will introduce 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.



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, Ewan will be talking about ‘Everything I ever needed to know about European politics I learned from the Eurovision Song Contest’


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, Alistair will be talking about ‘The Metro Simulator. Simulating a light transport system on a web server’


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, Terence will be talking about ‘QRpedia – linking museums and Wikipedia with QR codes’.



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, Chris will be talking 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, Alex will be talking about ‘Git and Gerrit for Distributed Code Review’.


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, Imran Will be talking about ‘Cracking Cryptics’.


Marmalade is sponsoring Saturday Breakfast

We are very pleased to announce that Marmalade is sponsoring Saturday morning breakfast at Over the Air 2011

Marmalade makes software that lets developers build and distribute cross-platform applications quickly, patient easily and without compromise. Our true cross-platform technology provides the best performance and the best portability – and all within the industry’s most open and flexible development environment.

That’s why tens of thousands of the world’s leading developers use Marmalade.


The ICT KTN is sponsoring Friday Lunch

We are pleased to announce that the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network is sponsoring Friday Lunch at Over the Air 2011.

The ICT Knowledge Transfer Network has been established by an industry-led group of leading players, clinic with funding from the Technology Strategy Board. We seek to bring competitive advantage to the UK by promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing between the users and providers of Information and Communications Technologies, viagra and helping to drive innovation in the sector.

Cyber Security – Benelux calls for UK SMEs

The ICT KTN is seeking SMEs which are interested in providing their Cyber Security related products and services into the Benelux market (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), or wishing to secure alliances and partnerships in those countries.

In conjunction with the British Embassy Science and Innovation Office and UK Trade and Industry, the KTN is hosting an event in Brussels on 29th February 2012 and here UK SMEs are being invited to present on their Cyber Security related offerings to an audience of key contacts from Benelux. There will be plenty of networking opportunities – both organised and informal – to meet key people in the Benelux Cyber Security industry and UKTI.

If your company is interested in taking part in this opportunity please click on this link to read further information at the Cyber Security Group.

PayPal are a Sponsor of OTA11

We are pleased to announce that PayPal is a Sponsor of Over the Air 2011.


In November 2009, PayPal opened its global payments platform to third-party developers, ushering in a new generation of innovative payments. PayPal X is the world’s first truly open global online payment platform – giving developers access to its global payment engine built over the last decade with more than 100 million active PayPal accounts available in 190 markets and 25 currencies. The PayPal X Developer Network puts developers in the driver’s seat, providing the resources and the tools needed to change the future of payments – from mobile apps to web apps and social networks. Developers can now monetize their ideas and tap into the $30 trillion global payments opportunity – the next wave of payments innovation is now in their hands.

OTA11 Schedule

Here is the schedule for Over the Air  2011  – although it is always subject to slight shifts as we confirm with all of our speakers, the timings are now set in stone, and there shouldn’t be any major changes.

Friday, 30 September 2011
9:30 to 10:00 Registration / Coffee  Marquee Tent 
10:00 to 11:00 Welcome from the Over the Air Team  Marquee Tent 
Daniel Appelquist, Matthew Cashmore, Margaret Gold
Opening Keynote: Dr. Sue Black: Building Bletchley Park
11:00 to 11:15 Coffee Break  Marquee Tent 
Ball Room Drawing Room Music Room Library Marquee Corner
11:15 to 12:15 Connected apps: delivering great user experiences using content rich APIs
Dan Murphy and Stephanie Seegmuller, Pearson; Steve Ellis, Metia; Greg Taylor, TigerSpike
Excellence in the Android User Experience
Nick Butcher, Google
I may not make you a millionaire – but I will pay for your beer
Terence Eden, inMobi
Stolen and lost phones – can mobile applications help with this problem?
Andy Williams, Metropolitan Police Service
Green Your Apps: an intro to using AMEEconnect
James Smith, AMEE
12:15 to 13:15 BBC Digital Public Space (“Spindle”)
Mo McRoberts, BBC
Web Anywhere: Mobile Optimisation With HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript – Bruce Lawson, Opera Software Game technologies – putting them to good use in AR
Paul Foster, Microsoft
Mobile Application Security and Mobile Security Applications: Sticks and Carrots
Craig Heath
Android Survival Guide: tips and tricks After Two Years of Development
Alfredo Morresi
13:15 to 14:30 Lunch  The Lawn 
14:30 to 15:30 On Your Markers…: Getting started with 3D Augmented Reality
Ivan Trajkovic, NudgeNudge
Crap! It Doesn’t Look Quite Right: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Set my Mobile Web Sites Free
Lyza Danger Gardner
Open Source Hardware
Paul Downey, SolderPad
Design for All goes Mobile
Denise Stephens, Enabled by Design and John Wyer, Vodafone
Wholesale Application Community (WAC) APIs
Ricardo Varela, WAC; Kevin Smith, Vodafone
15:30 to 16:30 Exploding the Gap Between Native and Web
James Hugman, Future Platforms
Google+ APIs Intro
Ade Oshineye, Google
Arduino ADK / Android
Francisco Javier Zorzano Mier, Telefónica I&D; David Cuartielles, Arduino
Hands on with the BlueVia APIs
Bernhard Walter, BlueVia
Storytelling, Games, and the Real World: Weaving it all Together
Adrian Hon and Alex Macmillan, Six to Start
16:30 to 17:00 Break
17:00 to 18:00 The Rubber Ducky’s Guide to Open Government Data
Hadley Beeman, Glyn Wintle
Debugging Web Apps on Real Mobile Devices
Dale Lane, IBM
OpenBTS – Open Source GSM Network for Development and Testing
Will Rogers, Detica
BlueVia Labs. Hands on with #Blue and some other surprises!
Richard Spence and Paul Golding, BlueVia
Ubiquitous Android
Jamie McDonald, Novoda
18:00 to 19:00 Securing your Internet Fridge: Web Security in a Networked Society
Kristoffer Gronowski & Oscar Ohlsson, Ericsson Labs
Session: Native [heart] Web (HTML5: Building Great Mobile Web Apps and More With Web Standards)
Dominique Hazaël-Massieux, W3C
Mobile Mindstorms — LEGO robots with Android (and iOS)
Adam Cohen-Rose
From zero to App-Super-Hero with Titanium
Liz Myers
Guardian APIs Workshop
Michael Brunton-Spall, The Guardian
19:00 to 22:00 Dinner, Drinks and Ignite Bletchley Park Talks  Marquee Tent 
BBC’s Bill Thompson and others…
…and beyond
All-night hacking  Various Rooms in the Mansion 
Saturday, 1 October, 2011
7:30 to 8:00 Wake Up: Revitaliser Workshop  The Lawn 
8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast  Marquee Tent
Morning Sessions
Ball Room Drawing Room Music Room Library Marquee Corner
9:30 to 10:30 The News. 27 Languages. One App.
David Vella, BBC World Service
The FT Web app – We’ve Got a Website for That
Andrew Betts, Assanka
QR Codes Under the Bonnet
Alistair MacDonald
10:30 to 11:30 Panel: Apps for Science
Brian Fuchs, Imperial College London
Navigating the Myriad of Mobile Payment Methods
Anthony Hicks, Paypal
What’s going on with security in the mobile industry and what’s coming up?
Charles Brookson, Zeeta Security Ltd.
Developing Network-Friendly Applications: A Mobile Operator’s View
Kamran Kordi, Deutsche Telekom
11:30 to 12:30 Developing Apps That Transform An Enterprise – Some Lessons Learned
Paul Johnston
Historical Code Cracking with Phones: What if Pontus, the Gauls, Germans, Nervii, Egyptians and Helvetii had iPhones?
David Rogers, Copper Horse Solutions
Mobile UI and fried chicken (or how angry birds will kill us all)
Arran Ross-Paterson
Mobile Web Apps: State of the Tools
Ernesto Jiménez, Vodafone
Location Based Services and Privacy (it’s not just where you are but who you’re with)
Steve Kennedy
12:30 to 13:30 Session: A better world – one mobile & web start-up at a time
Franco Papeschi, Web Foundation
Mobile Augmented Reality with junaio – easily creating own AR experience
Frank Angermann, Metaio
“Im in ur codez” or, Securing Mobile Apps
Nick Shearer, Mobile Interactive Group
NetMash: Native + Web + More
Duncan Cragg, Thoughtworks
13:45 to 14:30 Lunch  Marquee Tent 
14:30 to 14:50 Closing Keynote: Professor Fred Piper The Changing Face of Cryptography  Marquee Tent 
14:50 to 16:00 Competition Presentations  Marquee Tent 
16:00 to 16:30 Break for Judging
16:30 to 17:30 Awards & Wrap-up  Marquee Tent 

The Guardian is sponsoring Friday Breakfast

We are pleased to announce that the Guardian Open Platform team is sponsoring Breakfast on Friday at Over the Air 2011.

The Guardian Open Platform is part of the Guardian’s ongoing digital engagement strategy.  Encompassing such projects as the Guardian Content API which gives access to over 10 years of journalistic content, the Data Blog which provides the data behind the popular stories and the Guardian Developer Network which is improving the conversation between developers and journalists.