Electromagnetic Field 2016

Two years ago I only managed to experiance Electromagnetic Field for half a day. This time I was equipped to stay a little longer.

  1. Backchannel Selfie 028 at EMFcamp
    Backchannel Selfie 028 at EMFcamp
  2. If you are a hacker, maker, rocket scientist, coder, crafter or just a curious geek you must now be aware of the bi-anual UK camping festival Electromagnetic Field. If not, then I envy what you have yet to discover.
  3. I'd just landed from a holiday in Spain but after throwing a tent and some tech into the car I managed to get to Guildford and EMF Camp for Friday evening.
  4. I got stuck on the M25 so missed some talks but thankfully most of the talks were being uploaded to YouTube. Here is the opening talk from Jonty Wareing.
  5. Jonty Wareing: EMF 2016 Opening Ceremony
  6. The weather could not have been better.
  7. The car park was a short walk and once set up I strolled into the thick of the action peering into film shows and makerspaces.
  8. ..Live streams and village parties.
  9. Eulerroom Live Stream
  10. Being a whisky lover I spotted a cardboard sign on the outside of a geodesic dome saying 'Whiskyleaks' and had to poke my head in. Soon after I was gifted my first ever Challenge Coin from @mcflyhh. And moments after that I was making new friends and sampling an array of whiskies from around the world.
  11. A wonderful welcome and a great way to meet a bunch of EMFcamp regulars.
  12. I took the time to sample most of the amazing whiskies being shared. Apart from one. There was something about it I didn't trust.
  13. It was hard to peel myself away from the party. So I didn't. Not till hours later anyway. I must have chatted with 30+ people. One person I have known for a couple of years online and had no idea we were each other till the end of the night. Nothing to do with the whisky.
  14. Spent a good chunk of the night in @milliways2342 Whisky Leaks tent Now off to explore more of #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/0NlfAAPOWI
  15. Nothing you passed in the night was ordinary.
  16. Fire pong had a constant stream of players.
  17. Music was everywhere. Some of it made with a Gameboy.
  18. The huge collection of retro games were popular till way past midnight when the louder sections of the camp turned off the amps.
  19. I'd chosen to pitch my tent in the 'quiet zone' up on the nearby hill. What resulted was a pretty good nights sleep considering the cold clear starlit sky.
  20. I woke as my night cooled tent was heated by the morning sun.
  21. Souvenirs of the night before lay strewn around my tent.
  22. It got very warm very quickly and I recorded this audio.
  23. After a cowboy breakfast of coffee and beans I chatted with passers by.
  24. Then on the superfast tent wifi I uploaded this video.
  25. Just walking the 200 yards into the festival can be slow work with all the distractions.
  26. Thanks to @Futureshape I had my first ever black and white portrait taken with a twin lens reflex camera. He was offering free portraits to everyone.
  27. Spot @futureshape at #emfcamp  & you might be lucky enough to get your portrait immortalised on B&W film. https://t.co/7l7FAPlMKc
    Spot @futureshape at #emfcamp & you might be lucky enough to get your portrait immortalised on B&W film. pic.twitter.com/7l7FAPlMKc
  28. The sun was high and my thirst took me into the Robot Arms. As promised the chilled ale was fantastic.
  29. Everyone I passed had a story to tell.
  30. Just had the single most amazing conversation of the year under this tree. Thanks #emfcamp https://t.co/eaP0u8ktZc
    Just had the single most amazing conversation of the year under this tree. Thanks #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/eaP0u8ktZc
  31. I learned much and had conversations I will remember forever. Many I can't share. Well, maybe in person. With names change to protect the innocent.
  32. I popped into the talk 'Morality in video games' from Catherine Flick
  33. Catherine Flick: Morality in video games: when it's not just a game
  34. I also bumbed into a few people I've known for years.
  35. Chatting with @MrPJEvans about his PDP-8/I  A 2/3 version of the worlds first personal computer. #emfcamp https://t.co/XXaWaHgN1Y
    Chatting with @MrPJEvans about his PDP-8/I A 2/3 version of the worlds first personal computer. #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/XXaWaHgN1Y
  36. Research continued in the high tech NFC equipped bar.
  37. Where you could sit, refresh yourself and dip into physical printouts of the online chatter.
  38. I noticed a number of people sporting their freshly aquired EMFcamp badged and collected mine. It was Version Pi. As in 3.14....... Love how a chunk of the number was printed on the PCB.
  39. As this was a camp for creatives and makers I had to assemble my smart-badge and while on the way to a hackspace where I could sit and work, I spotted a guy looking at the sun with a telescope. I know. Bonkers if not for the fact it was a special device that you could use to safely view the activity on the surface of the sun. I had to have a go.
  40. Looking at sunspots with a Coronado Personal solar telescope. Tuned to the Hydrogen Alpha … https://t.co/tsCjlVJkNQ https://t.co/kpg3LV7Voq
    Looking at sunspots with a Coronado Personal solar telescope. Tuned to the Hydrogen Alpha …  https://www.instagram.com/p/BIxWDKPB0SU/  pic.twitter.com/kpg3LV7Voq
  41. Pretty damn amazing.
  42. Assembling the badge was simple. No soldering required. And as it flashed into life I could see that local coders had been busy and had already uploaded a number of apps for people to play with.
  43. I took a seat with Dr Lucy rogers and we listened to Simon Singh talk about the mass of Mathematics in The Simpsons.
  44. I would have grabbed his book on the subject if they hadn't been devoured in seconds by a pack of knowledge hungry geeks.
  45. Afterwards I captured a chat with @DrLucyRogers
  46. On returning to my tent I could not help but notice that the hot showers had no queue.
  47. So I had one. What resulted was a refreshed mind and body, ready for the night.
  48. Now is the best time of the day to have a hot shower at a festival. No queues and sparkling. :) #emfcamp https://t.co/ReAhelZ79y
    Now is the best time of the day to have a hot shower at a festival. No queues and sparkling. :) #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/ReAhelZ79y
  49. I'm retweeting a photo of this physically printed tweet in order for it to also be reprinted. #emfcamp https://t.co/NOetDylHsO
    I'm retweeting a photo of this physically printed tweet in order for it to also be reprinted. #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/NOetDylHsO
  50. The tent was so hot that my spicy beans needed no further heating. I was glad to have popped into the first aid tent and slathered myself in sun cream. I could see somefolks had arrived as ill prepared as me. All the sensible ones were tucking into the grub from the many food stalls.
  51. My tent is so hot I didn't need the stove to reheat a tin of beans. Guessing the wine has passed roomtemp. #emfcamp https://t.co/hzAvzXiywb
    My tent is so hot I didn't need the stove to reheat a tin of beans. Guessing the wine has passed roomtemp. #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/hzAvzXiywb
  52. I was getting addicted to my TiLDA badge
  53. Rumour has it that at midnight the big #emfcamp sign transmits to our badges & we become victims of mind control. https://t.co/6KLdnfR5iq
    Rumour has it that at midnight the big #emfcamp sign transmits to our badges & we become victims of mind control. pic.twitter.com/6KLdnfR5iq
  54. There was even a talk going into more detail on the badge...
  55. Jonty Wareing: The EMF 2016 Badge
  56. I supped a glass of wine at the tent while making a quick photo slideshow summerising the day.
  57. Then headed back into the camp.
  58. Open source 3-D printed war games. not for me but there's certainly some father-son bonding going on. #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/ccNMMtrNPt
  59. A real highlight of the day came towards the end of it.
  60. Outside a tent was a telescope and after asking to take a peek I was transported 892 million miles to the rings of Saturn. It properly blew my mine.
  61. One minute I'm walking through the campsite, the next I'm looking at the rings of Saturn. Goosebumps. #emfcamp https://t.co/VBybEegxnJ
    One minute I'm walking through the campsite, the next I'm looking at the rings of Saturn. Goosebumps. #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/VBybEegxnJ
  62. I had nothing concrete planned for the evening. Just to wander the amazing streets of this facinating temporary town and meet new people... new ideas.
  63. Chatting with @michaelossmann discussing a bottle of whiskey he has stashed. A bottle of @Stranahans I believe. https://t.co/9H0iIJ5f64
    Chatting with @michaelossmann discussing a bottle of whiskey he has stashed. A bottle of @Stranahans I believe. pic.twitter.com/9H0iIJ5f64
  64. Aproaching midnight I took a moment to reminisce as I watched a favorite film from my childhood.
  65. The end of the night for me came about 1am and a much warmer night took me into Sunday morning.
  66. My combination of two one season sleeping bags, a silk liner and a sleep mat made for a toasty night. #emfcamp https://t.co/FzQQBidK4C
    My combination of two one season sleeping bags, a silk liner and a sleep mat made for a toasty night. #emfcamp pic.twitter.com/FzQQBidK4C
  67. On the way to the toilet block I admired the craftmanship of a great looking teardrop trailer.
  68. When inside the composting toilets at #emfcamp play the mission impossible theme on your phone to lighten the mood. https://t.co/dH6Uw5qxIY
    When inside the composting toilets at #emfcamp play the mission impossible theme on your phone to lighten the mood. pic.twitter.com/dH6Uw5qxIY
  69. I had no idea how EMFcamp manage to deliver such great connectivity to a field when half the city based conferences I go to struggle.
  70. After packing up the contents of my tent I joined the rest of the camp in the queue for coffee.
  71. During more exploration I discovered MeArm and their new Robotics kits.
  72. We recorded an audio conversation.
  73. I chatted with founder Ben Gray and could not resist purchasing a robot for myself.
  74. On the way back to pack up my tent I spotted a robot dinosaur in the care of Dr Lucy Rogers.
  75. Dr Lucy Rogers was getting ready for her talk 'Hacking Robot Dinosaurs'. (Linked below)
  76. Dr Lucy Rogers: Hacking Robot Dinosaurs
  77. And once I'd packed my tent ready to head off I remembered I'd wanted to try my hand at locksport.
  78. I managed to pick a 3, 4 amd 5 pin lock during a session with Nigel Tolley and then looked at some amazing engineering created by Matt Smith.
  79. I also grabbed a couple of words with Jos Weyers. Here is the talk he delivered.
  80. Jos Weyers: Key Impressioning
  81. It was time for me to go. My car was packed with camping gear and a robot.
  82. My head with new thoughts, experiances, ideas and now some new skills.
  83. Jonty Wareing: EMF 2016 Closing Ceremony
  84. I had plenty to process on the long drive home and once there, although exhausted, I decided to hack my EMF badge.
  85. Ever since I got back from #emfcamp I've been trying to hack my badge. 
@emfcamp What have you done to me? https://t.co/HnYWgLEoRB
    Ever since I got back from #emfcamp I've been trying to hack my badge. @emfcamp What have you done to me? pic.twitter.com/HnYWgLEoRB
  86. My first SMS that popped up on my badge was from fellow EMF camper @PaperKayak. One of the hundreds EMFcamp minds I never got to meet.
  87. Over 130 talks and workshops. Countless other events happening in the many villages. Thankfully the internet will echo many of the physical happenings that I missed. The conversation continues on Twitter and you can watch the videos here.
  88. Two years seems like a long time to wait for the next EMF Camp. But I will. Eagerly.