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Announcing Home Camp 4 “Hack the House”

It’s time for another event!

Home Camp brings together members of the technical community interested in using open systems and low-cost, often repurposed hardware to bring about a positive change in the way we use energy and appliances around the home.

With ever-increasing energy prices, the race is on to develop ways to utilise smart technology to help offset domestic energy consumption and lower carbon footprints.

Home Camp 4 invites those working with technology (software, hardware or web-based applications) to meet at an informal “unconference” in central London to offer presentations, workshops, mash-ups and hack sessions with the aim of sharing information and furthering the development of the open energy community.

Presentations this year will include the following provisional topics:

  • An Open Energy Monitor – Trystan Lea and Glyn Hudson
  • A Low Voltage DC Power System – Simon Daniel or Chris Wright, Moixa Technology
  • Nanode – an Open Hardware Success Story – Ken Boak, Arbour Wood Ltd.
  • Pachube – Open Data for Energy Monitoring  – Usman Haque, Pachube

The event will again take place at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, at 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG (nearest tube is 500m away at Kings Cross)
This bright, modern venue offers ideal facilities both for presentations and working in small groups.

Lunch will be provided in the form of a buffet. Refreshments, including tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer will also be available.

Provisional Schedule

Saturday 29th October
09:30  Open for refreshments and meet and greet
10:00  Keynote presentation
10:30  Presentation Slot 1 – To be decided on the day
11:00  Presentation Slot 2
11:30  Presentation Slot 3
12:00  Morning workshop session 1
13:00  Lunch
14:00  Regroup and arrange Unconference – session 1
15:30  Refreshments
16:00  Unconference session 2
18:00  Day 1 de-brief

For those staying in London there will be an evening pub visit šŸ™‚

Sunday 30th October
09:30  Open for refreshments and meet and greet
10:00  Hacksession
10:30  Presentation Slot 1 – To be decided on the day
11:00  Presentation Slot 2
11:30  Presentation Slot 3
12:00  Morning workshop session 1
13:00  Lunch
14:00  Regroup and arrange Unconference – session 1
15:30  Refreshments
16:00  Unconference session 2
18:00  Day 2 de-brief

The cost is Ā£10 per day, or Ā£17.50 for the full weekend (plus booking fees) – to include lunch and refreshments.
Due to the capacity/safety limits at C4CC the event is restricted to a total of 95 attendees.

Want to get involved? Get your tickets on Eventbrite!
Once you’ve signed up we also invite you to contribute to the crowdsourced Lanyrd event page.

September 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm 17 comments

HomeCamp 3 programme – last few tickets

If you are quick, there’s just a little more time to grab one of the last few tickets (around 20 as i post this) for the event in London next Monday afternoon and evening.

We’ve got (more-or-less) full details for you now. The event is going to be a little different to the previous two, with some pre-arranged tracks due to the shortened timeslot not providing quite so much scope for the unconference format to work.

Homecamp 3 Presentation Track
4:00 – Registration
4:30 – Welcome and Introduction: James Governor, Coā€founder Redmonk
4.45 – Presentation Track: 3 speakers
6:15 – Break
6:30 – Presentation Track: 2 speakers
7:45 – Closing presentation
8:00 – Pub šŸ™‚

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Chris Dalby: Lead Software Developer, Current Cost
  • Andy Piper: WebSphere Messaging Community Lead @ IBM
  • Usman Haque: Pachube
  • AMEE: James Smith: Lead Developer, Clients & Community @ AMEE

Mike’s GreenTech Spaces Spotlights

There will be a separate area with displays about GreenTech, HomeTech, HackSpaces & much more, run by MikeTheBee.

If you are creative, enjoy tech & automation or would like to meet up with those featured in Mike’s Podcast, this is your chance to get together, to socialise in a special space, to learn about what each does, the technology and how to create with it, to explore opportunities to collaborate for fun or the future.Ā If you are a member of a group, please have someone bring info about your group for a display to represent your Space.

More Info
Beers & Pizza sponsored by Redmonk & Greenmonk – Thank You! šŸ™‚

Contact @mikethebee @yellowpark or @monkchips on Twitter if you want to know more…

December 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm 1 comment

HomeCamp 3 – it’s coming – sign up now!

An exciting couple of weeks in the HomeCamp community as the rumours beganĀ to circulate on Twitter that MikeTheBee had pushed things forward and found a venue for HomeCamp 3. Mike is the man behind the HomeCamp podcast, so if you weren’t already subscribed to that, you should check it out!


So here’s the big reveal: HomeCamp 3 will be on December 13th 2010, 4-8pm at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (C4CC) in London. There are suggestions of an evening social gathering as well…

Mike posted a short note about the eventĀ in a comment here on the blog. The full announcement is posted in the Google Group. If you’ve never been to the venue before, Mike says:

… it is an a place with a real Ā buzz, not for the building itself, which is intended to be ‘a blankĀ canvas’ but for all the creative work going on in the corners.Ā Electroluminescent clothing and Arduino controller being sewn in oneĀ corner, people bouncing on paving slabs to generate power in another,Ā more Arduino’s controlling bits of a re-constructed piano awaiting it’s next performance, and there are always new surprises.

Sounds pretty cool! So, it’s all go. You can go ahead and sign up right now at the EventBrite page, and also track the event on the uber-cool new social conferences site, Lanyrd (you can also find HomeCamp 1 and HomeCamp 2 on Lanyrd as well, and add your coverage if you attended them).

While we’re in the mood, we’ve tidied up some of the web presences around the HomeCamp community, fixed the About page, the links in the blog sidebar have been updated to point at the current location of the wiki, Flickr group etc, and we’ll probably switch across to a funky new Facebook page (instead of a group) in the near future.

So – check out the discussions, follow the tweets, and most importantly, get your free ticket NOW. Looking forward to seeing you there!

December 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Reducing emissions by 10% in 2010? 10:10

Here’s a campaign that should be of interest to all friends of HomeCamp – it’s a site and movement devoted to encouraging us as individuals (as well as organisations, educational institutions, and businesses) to cut emissions by 10% during 2010. It’s called, fittingly, 10:10. It’s an organisation concentrating on change in the UK, but they have information for those outside the UK who are interested in following the same idea. Still not sure what this is all about? from the website:

What is 10:10?
10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of British society behind one simple idea: that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in the UKā€™s carbon emissions in 2010.

The sign-up process is simple, there’s a nice checklist of things you can do to reduce your footprint/emissions (including, of course, the energy-saving projects we at HomeCamp have been talking about for some time), and it’s easy to encourage your local MP to take part too.

September 23, 2009 at 10:50 am 15 comments

Useful links and news stories

The HomeCamp community is continuing to keep up with the most recent developments of interest in sustainability and home hacking.

One good place to start is the “Links of Interest” page on the Google Group. Another good way of keeping up-to-date with what others are spotting is the #homecamp hashtag on Twitter (personally I keep a search column open in TweetDeck to keep an eye on this, too).

Here’s a selection of things I’ve spotted in the past couple of months:

If you have something to share, get in touch with us via Twitter or our Google Group.

September 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm 1 comment

Mission statement ideas

I got to thinking that it would be useful to have a pithy description of what Home Camp is all about.

Here’s a starting thought:

The home hacking, automation and green technology community

Let’s crowdsource this, though – I think that’s a nice short statement which describes what Home Camp covers without being either too exclusive, or specifically inclusive – but maybe other people have additions, changes, etc.?

March 2, 2009 at 11:43 am 1 comment

Home Camp TV – what’s next? you decide!

So our initial series of Home Camp TV videos has now been published. What did you think? We’d love to hear your feedback, either on this post, the blog entries for the individual videos themselves, or over on YouTube.

Although we started this as part of the Friday Morning Report video marathon, it has been fun to put together. I’d be happy to produce some more episodes if there’s enough interest.

So… let us know what you think, what ideas you have for future episodes, what you want to hear about… it’s all about the community! Also, remember to visit the Home Camp wiki to add ideas for discussion at future meetups.

February 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm 8 comments

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