It’s just one short week until OggCamp 11! Each year we’ve done this event, it’s grown. This year has a really special feeling about it.
It’s brilliant that there are people who have taken the event name literally and are camping for the weekend. Hopefully the weather will favour them! The Farnham Maltings venue has a really nice feel to it and is ideally located for the park and pubs. The attendees at OggCamp really make the event what it is and the best bit (well, one of them) as an organiser is seeing everyone arriving at the venue on Saturday morning!
We’ve got three stages, two of which are being run as an unconference. That means that the wonderful OggCampers volunteer talks and others vote for the ones they’d like to see most! We’ve had some really great talks submitted this way in the past. It sounds a bit chaotic and it is, but it works! We’ll be using CampFire Manager by Jon Spriggs to schedule these talks for the first time this year so you’ll be able to propose and vote for talks by txt msg and see the schedule up on the digital displays around the venue.
Our main stage schedule is basically complete. The Ubuntu Podcast team will be joining forces with the Linux Outlaws for the traditional live podcast recording. There will be a panel discussion and a raffle (of course) too! Our wonderful main stage speakers include:
- Simon Phipps
- LornaJane Mitchell (careers in Open Source)
- Chris Gutteridge (Southampton OpenData project)
- Steve Lee (Accessibility)
- Wayne Myers (professional music production on Linux)
We’ve got some exhibitors, including
- O’Reilly (who are offering 40% off their books on the Saturday)
- Free Software Foundation Europe
- Hacker Public Radio
- Ubuntu UK
- Reprap 3D printer
We’ve also got some surprises planned for the weekend which you’ll only find out about by being there. If you want to come along and join in some or all of the weekend’s activities, you can. It’s free. That’s right, it doesn’t cost a penny. There are a few tickets left and you can get your hands on them here: http://oggcamp11.eventbrite.com
It’s free thanks to our lovely sponsors:
- Bytemark (our headline sponsor!)
- Chris Procter on behalf of lug.org.uk
- Bitfolk (sponsoring the Saturday night party!)
This week is always the quickest of the whole process. Before we know it we’ll be standing in the William Cobbett pub sharing a drink or two with the lovely OggCampers on Friday night and won’t touch the ground until after the Sunday night drinks! The plan for the weekend (and lots more information) is available on the OggCamp website.
One of the best parts of the weekend is meeting people who listen to the show, so please say hello! See you there!