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:
(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!
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.