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Hi all, I'm sure everyone is following all the social media reports on build-up, but for those (like me) who eschew twitter, facebook and all that crap, here's a short report.   Some of us arrived yesterday evening to at an empty field. It was pooring down heavily so after some initial scouting we went off to the pub to have dinner and beer (also known as the "pre-meeting"). Which worked, because when we got back it was dry. But just for a short moment.   At 7am we reconvened at the ...
In our last post, we discussed how the network is distributed both wirelessly and wired around the site. Here we’ll look at the other side of the equation: how the network is brought to the field in the first place. It’s a tall order In an ideal world, these events would take place in fields next to large data centres. But as parking lots aren’t usually great for camping, there’s always the challenge of getting Internet access to the site in the first place. Last year our ...
Delivering a reliable high-speed wired and wireless network to a campsite in just over two days is something of a challenge. Fortunately, the NOC team is filled with people who have done just that year after year at events across Europe and the world. The network this year is based on those experiences and on our work at EMF 2012. This is the first of two blog posts we’ll be releasing about the network setup. Here, we’ll talk about the on-site network. Next time we’ll talk abo ...
EMF 2014 sees Awesome Retro back again and this year joined by Retro Games Party to help bam it up a notch! Awesome Retro are a non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands dedicated to bringing the joy of gaming to events around Europe. They're bringing their fantastic selection of consoles, along with some fabulous decorations (if you've seen any photos of last year, you can't help but notice the giant pacman).   Retro Games Party is the conglomeration of two classic arcade coll ...
Edit: Looks like mine was one of the many that lacks a bootloader. There is a hex file you can flash, if you can get it.  The MicroView is a small OLED display with a built in ATMega328P, making it one of the smallest Arduino type form factors available. While there aren't many pins of the ATMega broken out from the chip, there's enough such that you can reprogram it and/or have it displaying something from whatever you have plugged it into via USB if you have the programming board with it ...
I could be wrong, but my understanding is that Wuthering Bytes is relatively new; but OSH Camp isn't. OSH being Open Source Hardware - the event has now grown and expanded into something resembling other barcamp type (un)conferences (like Oggcamp, Barcamp Blackpool, etc.) where creative people get together and demonstrate, talk or discuss what they have been making, creating or how open source has affected their projects and lives.   I was advised to just turn up to Wuthering Bytes for the ...
As some of you may know, there will be an Amateur Radio village at EMF. https://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Villages:Amateur_Radio Call to arms - please come and join us, even non-licensed people interested in having a go can be supervised and learn about radio stuff. I am a registered RSGB assessor so I can also sign off people's practical assessments which is the first step to getting a license. We'll have a gazebo with sides, table and chairs, hopefully a 30m trailer mast, we just need some anten ...
Every year people build amazing things and install them all over the site. Here’s a rundown of some of the projects coming to EMF this year. Bar Arm Behind the bar you’ll find a robotic barman in the form of an ex-laboratory robot arm mounted on a mobility scooter. It’ll try and serve you drinks, but we can’t promise it won’t throw them at you instead. A Tune On A Stick Somewhere on-site you’ll find a lighthouse-like structure making strange noises. It plays a ...
The EMF team strives to make every event better than the last; more accessible, more fun, and easier to attend for a broad range of people. We’ve always wanted to provide childcare for those with young children but the costs were prohibitive, and until recently we thought it would be impossible. This year UCL have stepped in to make it a reality and we’re pleased to announce that EMF 2014 will have a full programme of children’s activities, and free childcare available for tiny ...
Electromagnetic Field is an event that celebrates technology, science, engineering, and weird inventions. For every event we design a badge, but our badges aren’t made of cardboard or plastic. Our badges take batteries. For EMF 2014 we’re proud to announce TiLDA MKe, probably the most advanced conference badge you’ve ever seen. What it does TiLDA MKe is all about the talk and workshop schedule. If everything goes to plan you’ll be able to browse the latest schedule on th ...
With a month to go until Electromagnetic Field 2014 opens, it’s time to announce some speakers! This year we’ll have over 90 speakers across three stages, with workshops happening in parallel all over the site. Our Call for Participation is still open so if you’d like to get involved with EMF go and submit a talk or workshop. Don’t worry if you’ve not heard back yet - our selection process is ongoing. We’re pleased to announce six amazing speakers today, with ...

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