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OGG Camp 12
Film by The Hatch
Open Labs recently brought OggCamp 12 to LJMU. This annual event is an open source, open culture event organized by a community of volunteers including Liverpool’s podcaster; Dan Lynch,"This year proved to be quite an event. We had 200+ geeks hacking everything from circuit boards to recycled T-Shirts, with workshops in digital embroidery techniques, making your own 8bit computer & 3D printing master classes as well as flying musical kites. With ample opportunity to chat and exchange ideas, events don't get any better." The range of speakers this year included Simon Phipps (formally of Sun Microsystems); Alan O’Donohoe whose Hack To The Future talk was aimed at inspiring young people to get interested in computer science and related fields; Ross Gardler (former head of OSS Watch; a UK-based Open Source advisory service), and Stephen Fry (yes! that Stephen Fry). Well, unfortunately Mr Fry could not be there in person but he sent a video which has now received more than 12000 hits on YouTube.
Open Labs, were instrumental in bringing an additional element to OggCamp12 referred to as Open Hardware Jam. This included a series of workshops where delegates could roll up their sleeves and get building, creating and mocking up, all under the guidance of the workshop leaders who either use open hardware or open software and, in some cases, both. We even had a Wiki House erected outside the ADA café by two former LJMU graduates (Steven & Jonathan) from PointFive.
Needless to say a great time was had by all. Check out Flickr.