Barcamp Blackpool 2012
Oct 2, 2012 (about 7 months ago)
Last weekend, Becky and I attended Barcamp Blackpool. The weekend started on the Friday night when we met-up with some friends to experience the sights and delicacies of Blackpool. The Barcamp itself was held on the Saturday, the doors opened at 9am and closed at 1am. It was a long day, but as always when you are enjoying yourself, it flew by. Some of the highlights of the event included:
- Meeting with the Blackpool LUG folks, they are always very welcoming and a lot of fun. The guys were manning a LUG booth and demonstrating a host of Linux distributions on all manner of machines. Good show, chaps!
- Meeting with oupsemma, a fellow #! CrunchBang user and forum member. I guess it still surprises me to think that real people actually use CrunchBang. Anyhow, oupsemma is a long-time user, since 2008, and it was good to finally meet her and have a chat.
- 3D printers. These things are amazing and if I had a spare £400, I might consider purchasing one.
- @cjdell’s session, “Concrete 5 - CMS, easy to use, made by geeks”. Chris gave a good introduction to Concrete 5 and demonstrated its features. It looks like a really interesting project and I will definitely be looking at Concrete 5 in more detail; I have at least one project that I am considering it for.
- Hama Beads. A very therapeutic experience, although I was slightly disappointed that no hammers were involved.
- @BinaryKitten’s session, “Web, Mobile and Lots of Monkeys”. I entered this session without a clue and I was pleasantly surprised. Kat demonstrated Brass Monkey, an Android app that turns your phone into a game controller and your browser into a games console. The concept is a little difficult to explain, so if you are interested, I would suggest giving it a try. Anyhow, the highlight of session came when @ollyclarkdotorg attempted to use his phone to defend himself from an onslaught of bloody zombies. Awesome stuff.
- @lallyd’s cakes. Mmm… cakes…
- @alexturgid’s session, “An Introduction to GEOHASHING”. An amusing session about the global phenomenon, Geohashing. Described as a spontaneous adventure generator, it looks like a lot of fun and I will definitely consider giving it a try.
- FREE FOOD! A fantastic spread, courtesy of the Barcamp Blackpool sponsors.
- @alexturgid’s session, “Clive Sinclair Ate My Childhood”. Alex did a fine job with his after-dinner comedy session. During his session, he reminisced over a childhood that was spent with early Sinclair computers. This brought back fond memories of my own childhood, although I was always a Commodore kid myself. Anyhow, it was thoroughly geeky and very entertaining!
- 20lb Sounds, they rocked! Literally.
All-in-all, Barcamp Blackpool was a truly epic event. My only regret, I did not get to attend all the sessions that I wanted to, but I guess that is the nature of an unconference.
A massive thank you to @biglesp and @lallyd for organising it and to the sponsors (FTP Concepts, FARM Digital, Tweetdig, Magic Missile, Bytemark, MediaBurst & Magma Digital) for making it possible. I cannot wait for Barcamp Blackpool 2013!
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