In 2005, we ran the first OpenTech in the current form, and, with a huge amount of effort, video recorded the talks.
They sat on a webserver for a long time, as youtube initially rejected the upload, but it’s worked now.
We’ll republish a couple a week between now and Christmas, but if you want to binge on all the videos, they’re all here. This includes Danny O’Brien’s repeat of his infamous 2005 “Life Hacks” talk which he originally gave at ETech.
CheapSynth — Dave Green
A full-size fully programmable open-hardware synth platform for less than £40. http://www.cheapsynth.com
Repair, don’t despair! Towards a better relationship with electronics — Janet Gunter and David Mery
The Restart Project is a new London-based social enterprise and charity aiming at changing our relationship with information technologies by empowering people to repair and reuse their electronic devices. The organisation facilitates ‘Restart Parties’, community self-repair events, where all kinds of electronics are taken apart and repaired by owners together with volunteer repairers (Restarters), with the aim of promoting increased lifespan, sharing repair skills and promoting sustainable and informed consumption of information technologies. The Restart Project’s vision is one based on collaboration and creativity - combining online knowledge sharing and cooperation with tangible activities in real life. For more info, see http://therestartproject.org/
medConfidential — Phil Booth
Health Data, and what you can usefully do about it.
Digital Arms Trade — Eric King
The International trade in surveillance spyware, what Privacy International are doing about it, and how you can help.
the remnants of the Communications Data Bill — Nick Pickles
The Communications Data Bill, where it is, and what you can usefully do about it and other Government ideas.
The STEMettes — Stemettes
How we inspire girls to get into data early, so they can make sense of the increasingly vast amount of data being produced everyday that relates to their world.
FOSSbox — Paula Graham
Fossbox is a women/LGBT-led social innovation CIC. We formed Flossie as an independent collective to create spaces where women who’re interested in any kind of open production (from software to digital arts and social innovation) can get together and inspire each other. Diversity can become a catalyst for change rather than a ‘problem’ to be ‘solved’.
Practical Diversity — Meri Williams
We talk about diversity a lot. Hell, we as a community WORRY about it a lot. There are lots of big problems to solve, but what about the little incremental changes that are smaller, easier, faster. After spending a few years moving my company’s recruitment from 90-10 to 50-50 M-F, I have some practical examples of what to do (& not to do!) to share. http://blog.geekmanager.co.uk
Session chaired and convened by Michelle Brook
Politics, Programming, Data and the Drogulus — Nicholas Tollervey
How do we remain in control of our data in a network that relies on third parties? This non-technical talk introduces the Drogulus, a software experiment addressing concerns about openness, ownership, autonomy and governance on the internet. The Drogulus is a global, decentralised data store and computation platform. I’ll explain what the Drogulus is, how my concerns led to why it works the way that it does and explore how this contrasts with current incumbent technology such as the world-wide-web.
Scaling the ZeroMQ Community — Pieter Hintjens
The top five challenges facing the ZeroMQ community: how to scale the project, how to survive conflict, how to ensure new growth, how to define the roadmap and how to remain stable. Pieter will explain how the ZeroMQ community faced and overcame each of these challenges, culminating in a reusable protocol for free software projects (C4.1).
The Cleanweb Movement — James Smith
As a civilisation, we have some big global problems. So big, that they can seem impossible to do anything about. Fortunately, we have a revolutionary tool at our disposal. The web is the most powerful behaviour change, communication and coordination tool humanity has ever had, and it’s arguably the only thing that can move fast enough to enable serious change in the next few years. The Cleanweb movement is here to challenge developers, innovators, and makers to attack the big problems and make a real difference. We’ll show you how organisations are using the web to make a real impact on sustainability, how we can reduce the impact of the web itself, and how you can get involved in a growing movement trying to build a better future. Innovators love challenges, and this is the biggest we have. Why settle for less when you could change the world? http://cleanweb.org.uk
Big Data for Real People — Chris Osborne
The Internet of Things is happening, and your home is getting connected and smarter. With all these sensors communicating in realtime, how do we turn this data into something normal people can use? Working with data is something that comes naturally to people who work in tech, but data is abstract and real people dont like graphs. This talk is a condensed trip through years of productising Big Data, and applying the lessons learned visualising data for tv and press to the challenege of turning smart meter and energy data into an app for millions of households to manage their home energy use.
Doing Good With (open) Data — Duncan Ross
Data philanthropy is hot. Find out what it is, how it relates to the open community, why it’s essential, and how you can play a part.
What do Open Sensor Networks mean for citizen science? — Dan McQuillan
The overlap of cheap, reliable, open sensor networks, and social networks for crowd mapping, is vastly expanding the scope of citizen science. What are the social benefits in a crisis (Safecast or balloon mapping) or in a community with a cause (e.g. Mapping for Change in Deptford). WHat’s the potential for a truly radical citizen science that splices DIY sensors with community self-organisation… ? Let’s find out
/dev/fort: you can build it in a week (even if you get caught in a blizzard) — James Aylett
Imagine a place with no distractions - no IM, no Twitter, in fact no internet access at all. Within, a dozen or more developers, designers, thinkers and doers. And a lot of a food. Now imagine that place is a fort. /dev/fort is an opportunity for web folk to come together to learn from each other and build something from scratch in a week. We’ve previously launched sites such as spacelog.org and historymesh.com, but the value is as much in tackling different problems, trying out new tools and techniques, and just having fun in a ridiculously nerdy way as it is in shipping a final product. That said, we do like to get things out onto the internet, while not cutting corners and aiming wherever possible to do things the right way rather than just the most expedient. We aim for 80% test coverage. I’ll be talking about what’s good about stranding yourself a hundred miles from civilisation, rapid evolution of in-jokes under pressure, and some tips you can use even when you don’t have a fort handy. http://devfort.com/
NHS Hackday — David Miller
An overview of the NHS Hack Days, origins, bigger picture stuff, and what next…. http://www.openhealthcare.org.uk
Bethnal Green Ventures — Glen Mehn
Startups have been reinventing the world, from intelligent supply chains and ecommerce to publishing and music. Are we getting to the point of working on things that really matter - like health, education, and the environment? http://www.bethnalgreenventures.com
Session chaired and convened by Michelle Brook
Open Rail Data - Two Years On — Peter Hicks
Two years ago, I gave a presentation on Open Rail Data. Since then, things have changed, data has been made open, but there’s still some work left to do.
Five types of rail data we still need to level the playing field for #opendata applications — Jonathan Raper
National Rail Enquiries is still the dominant player in rail data in Britain, offering data services on a paid, proprietary closed model with terms and conditions that prohibit developers ‘bringing the industry into disrepute’. Now that the government’s open data policy has led to Network Rail releasing train movement and schedule information Placr have created open rail data services on http://transportapi.com. However, the industry is still holding onto much of its data despite the public subsidies, including cancellation data, rolling stock information, live platform assignments, signal reference data and station photos. This talk will explain the items on the rail data shopping list, and why they are important to transparency and new services.
Better Infrastructure Through Open Data — Richard Stirling
Exploring the open data ecosystem that we should start to see around infrastructure assets, with sustainable business models.
Silence and Thunderclaps — Emma Mulqueeny
With so much going on in the digital world: events, hacks, mods and so on it is often hard to allow yourself some peace. The Silent Club is a non-member personal permission ruse to give yourself some dedicated space. Alone. In a busy environment. I will introduce this idea to you alongside the Business Card Thunderclap, an idea I am trying out to enable us all to activate the unseen networks around us based on business card activism. I will explore this on stage with you. http://emmamulqueeny.com
Thinking Pictures — Paul Clarke
9 pictures. 9 thoughts. 18 minutes.
1080s - the 300seconds project — 300seconds
300 Seconds, a series of lightning talks delivered by me, by you, by anyone - introducing new speakers to the community, people who may not have yet spoken at many events, with talks that are interesting… but short.. Diversity in tech - and at tech conferences like this one - has been a thorny topic in recent months. Some argue for gender quotas, while others say speaker panels just reflect the gender balance of the industry. Our aim is to hear more about the personal and professional passions of our peers in the digital community. Be inspired. Learn something new. Meet. Chat. Engage