Discount offer from Manning Publications

We are pleased to have Manning Publications at Over the Air 2013 this year, drug with some great Hack Day prizes and a discount offer for all attendees:
  • 45% off all MEAPs, eBooks, and pBooks with Promotional code ota13cf at This offer is valid through Oct 3, 2013.
As one of our main Hack Day supporters this year, is giving away Book Prizes to the winners in these categories:
  • Best in Show: Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja
  • Best Mobile Web / HTML5: Hello! HTML5 and CSS3 and HTML5 in Action
  • Best Android Entry: 50 Android Hacks
  • Best iOS Entry: iOS7 in Action
  • Best Windows Entry: Windows Store App Development
  • Best Hardware Hack: Arduino in Action
  • Best ‘Other Features’ Entry (RFID, NFC, Sensors, Bluetooth, etc): Third-Party JavaScript
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A unique Best Game prize, donated by 100%Indie

100% Indie is teaming up with Over the Air to provide a money-can’t-buy prize for this year’s Best Game Award. 

100% Indie is a collaboration between Chillingo, the leading mobile games publisher and division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.  Spearheaded by Chillingo founders, Chris Byatte and Joe Wee, 100% Indie aims to inspire, foster and support indie developers around the world and help them bring their games to market.
The winner of the Over the Air Best Game Award will be invited to the Chillingo and 100% Indie offices to meet the team and have a one-on-one with Chris and Joe  (publishers of Angry Birds, Cut the Rope and Contre Jour, among many others) to learn how to get started in the games industry.
chillingo“We’re delighted to be supporting such a well established and yet indie event as this,” says Joe. “The whole ethos of Over the Air is about discovering and nurturing creativity and innovation, which ties in perfectly with our approach to gaming. Inventions from past events have led to real career breaks for many attendees and it’s an excellent hub for research and development, as well as a natural fit for gaming.”

Manning Publications donates Prizes for all

We are pleased to announce that Manning Publications is  donating Prizes toward the OTA13 Hack Day competition, as well as a free eBook and 42% discount for all  attendees.

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Manning publishes computer books for professionals–programmers, system administrators, designers, architects, managers and others.

“We think of our authors as the most valuable part of our business. We respect our readers and consider their interests and preferences every working day. Manning is a small, personal, old-world publisher where an author’s opinion is sought and a reader’s message is answered.

Manning’s focus is on computing titles at professional levels. We care about the quality of our books. We work with our authors to coax out of them the best writing they can produce. We consult with technical experts on book proposals and manuscripts, and we may use as many as two dozen reviewers in various stages of preparing a manuscript. The abilities of each author are nurtured to encourage him or her to write a first-rate book.

Our books are designed without gimmicks. Their main goal is elegance and readability–we feel the two are often the same. Our covers are understated, decorated with pictures of worldwide regional dress habits of two hundred years ago. Many of our books come with online reader support: authors answer the questions of their readers in our Web-based Author Online discussion forums.”

The Prizes

We will be working with the team at Manning Publications to select the books of interest to the Over the Air community. They have offered:
  1. One  free eBook download for all attendees of  Mobile Mapping Applications.
  2. A 42% discount on all products through an online offer.
  3. Free eBooks and pBooks to be given away as Prizes in the Hack Day competition.
More details will be made available as we get closer to the event.

Thank-you to our Prize Sponsors

The Hack Day is a central part of Over the Air, with lots of great creativity and hard work through the night – and we are so thrilled that we are able to award an amazing selection of prizes to the winners of the various Hack Day Challenges and categories.

This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and support of the following companies:


O’Reilly Media

For the last two years, the lovely people in the O’Reilly Media London office have donated the most amazingly broad range of practical and useful wireless programming books. Be sure to make good use of the free eBook Voucher that was provided to all attendees!

This year they awarded:

 to Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk, Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata, and Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz in the Best Android Entry category.

to Team SDK Dub Remix (Kieran Gutteridge and Chris Ross) for their winning entry Stop Blocking the Beats in the Best iOS Category.

to Team Wendy (Matt O’KeefeDexter Dillinger, Laura Sanders, Trent Walton, Claire Scantlebury, and Matt Hunt) for their entry How Many Beers, in the Best Windows Phone Award

to Team Umbicord (Sandor Toth) for his entry Umbicord in the Best Hardware Hack category.

to Team Threedom (Matt Oakes, Rob Douglas & Luis Abreu) for their winning entry Boot to Threedom in the Best Mobile Web category

to Team QRtists (Tristan Roddis and Nigel Crawley) for their winning entry QR Codebreakers in the Best Tablet category



LEGO Mindstorm have really become a much-loved fixture of Over the Air with a robot hacking session on the workshop programme, and a history of great Hacks on the Demo stage. As they did last year, LEGO have generously given away all of the sets which were used during the workshop session as prizes for the Hack Day.

This year they awarded sets to:


Vodafone Group R&D

Possibly one of the most coveted prizes this year was the Raspberry Pi , more due to the difficulty of obtaining one than it’s market value. Vodafone Group R&D generously awarded an RP to Terence Eden for his entry  Bletchley Sonata, which won the Best in Show award, selected by the Judges.

The winners of  the Vodafone Embedded Hardware Hack Challenge were Ali Bros & Dylan Jones for their entry Dude, Where’s My Car? Ali and Dylan each won an HTC 1 X phone, a k3770 modem, a SIM payt 20 credit, and an mbed, donated by Vodafone.



The Bletchley Park Trust

Along with a Bletchley Park T-shirt, the lovely people at Bletchley Park Trust gave a First Day Cover stamp from the Bletchley Park Post Office, signed by Jean Valentine (one of the original Bletchley Park Wren’s).

This was awarded to Team TACS ( Thomas Hopper) for his winning entry The Bletchley SMS Encryptor in  the Bletchley Park Challenge.



The HMGCC were out large and in style at Over the Air again this year, letting people know about the many great job opportunities on their team, and this year they engraved a Motorola Xoom 2 especially for the event.

This was awarded to Team DoTank (Phil Willoughby) for his winning entry Snique in the Secure Communications Challenge.



Facebook very generously donated a Samsung Galaxy S2, which went to the winners of  the Facebook Open Graph Challenge – Ali Bros & Dylan Jones for their entry Dude, Where’s My Car?



The team at Blackberry very generously donated a Blackberry PlayBook for the Best User Experience award, which went to Team Glitch (William Morland ) for his entry Pepin




The Nokia Team brought a huge box of Lumia 800s with them to the event, some of which they gave away on-the-fly to developers they were having conversations with about the WindowsPhone platform (give us a shout if you were one of the lucky ones!)

The rest they awarded as prizes to:



The team at Samsung, even though they unfortunately couldn’t make it out to the event, very generously awarded an Samsung Galaxy S2 to Team Glitch (William Morland ) for his winning entry Pepin in the Best Use of Open APIs / Open Data category.



Google very generously donated and awarded a Galaxy Nexus to the winners for the Best Android Entry: Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk, Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata, and Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz.

DroidCon / WIP

Thibaut Rouffineau of WIP (Wireless Industry Partnership) & the Droidcon London team brought an arm full of awards for the winners of the Best Android Entry:

  1. Free tickets to Droidcon 2012
  2. the book Android in Practice
  3. other Android Goodies…

The awards went to Tom Hume for It’s Good to Talk, Terence Eden for Bletchley Sonata, and Team Intohand (Matt Rollings, Tom Durrant, Elliot Long and Kieran Gutteridge) for Live Quiz.


Ansca Mobile

Although they couldn’t join us this year,  Ansca Mobile  very generously awarded a a Corona Pro subscription  (a value of $349 per year) to Team Recently Engaged (Dom Hodgson and Heather Burke) for their winning entry I Hope This Works in the Best Game Category.


Blue Via awarded a “Goodie Bag of Geekery”, which included a Crumpler bag, a mifi, a fitbit, solar charger & other small electronic gadgets like headphones, & healthy edibles – to Team Hyperiron (Hercules FishermanPaul TannerSarah Mount & Nikita Korotaev) for their winning entry Jatrobot in the Best Use of Other Features Category.

BlueVia donates £10,000 of media spend to Best-in-Show

This year, the prize for Best in Show (Judges Selection) at the Over the Air hacking competition is sure to make your eyes pop!

Long-time supporter and OTA11 Gold Sponsor BlueVia will be giving away  £10,000 worth of media spend on O2 Media’s network to the winner of the Best in Show category. This can be used by the winning team to commercialise their entry or any of their existing commercial products – acros a blend of SMS / MMS / Video / Online as appropriate, across O2 more, O2 active and You Are Here product sets. See here for more info:


You may have also caught their announcement about the  integration of BlueVia with Twitter that allows O2 customers in the UK to interact with Twitter via MMS Messaging. “At a stroke, this adds new multimedia functionality to Twitter for those who the micro-blogging service via their phones using SMS.”

Any interesting ideas spring to mind? Then start ruminating on it, as OTA11 is now only just around the corner….

Get ready to hack at OTA11!

A key feature of every Over the Air is the hacking competition, which opens after the Keynotes on Friday morning and closes shortly before the Demo’s on Saturday after lunch. There are always a number of general categories, sponsored categories, and thematic or problem-solving challenges.

As we finalise the schedule for OTA11, we are also starting to finalise this year’s competition categories, and can have lots of amazing prizes to tell you about as well!

The details of the OTA11 Hackday categories and prizes have now been posted.  Time to go make cool stuff!!

The competition entry form is live online, and you have until lunchtime to get your entry in.



The OTA 2010 Hack-a-thon Results

  1. Best in Show (judges selection) – an iPad from Alcatel-Lucent, nurse and $1,000 worth of services from Mob4Hire The Ben Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  2. Audience Favourite (audience vote) – $1,000 worth of services from DeviceAnywhere – Light Blue for Lobster
  3. The Nokia Qt Challenge – a Nokia N8 – GeekYouUp for Hot UK Deals for Maemo
  4. The UnLtd Better Net Challenge – £2,500 – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  5. The Telefonica #Blue Challenge – a Playstation 3 – Jose Palazon for OTA #Blue Chess
  6. The PayPal X Challenge – an HTC Android Smartphone – The Bill Collins Appreciation Society for First Gear
  7. The Ericsson Labs Challenge – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Intohand for Freecycle Mobile
  8. The Orange Mobilise Challenge – an iPhone 4 – Alistair MacDonald for Hole Mapper
  9. Best User Experience – $500 of In-Network Ad Spend from InMobi – Melinda & Christiano for GeoHunt
  10. Best use of Open APIs and Open Data – a Motorola DEXT – Dale Lane for UK Traffic
  11. Best Android App – a Motorola Milestone – Paul Johnston for FindMyMates
  12. Best use of Mobile Web – a Sony Ericsson Android X10 Mini Pro – Me Myself & I for Light Blue
  13. Best Game – an Xbox from Microsoft – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  14. Best Use of other features (RFID, Camera Bluetooth, Light Sensors) – Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  15. Best iPhone App – Monotype Imaging Poster – >2.5k for Vibe
  16. Best Visual Design – Monotype Imaging Poster – Feel the FP-ness for Dance Dance Evolution
  17. Best use of Widgets – Monotype Imaging Poster – Geek You Up for The Cleaner
  18. Best Hardware Hack- Monotype Imaging Poster – Adam Cohen-Rose for The Eyes Have It
  19. The Most Fun – Monotype Imaging Poster – Thom FP for Doodle Message
  20. The Most Useful – Monotype Imaging Poster – Sam Machin for BlueBabelTextFish
  21. The Most Cheeky – Monotype Imaging Poster – Light Blue for Lobster