Two days of FOSS, fun and reminiscing.
The other day I was in Sheffield which for 2018 was home to Oggcamp. Now in its ninth year, this event still draws those interested in free culture and open source technologies from across Europe. Oggcamp 2018 took place at Sheffield’s Hallam University over two days, and as well as two tracks of unconference talks, there was a conference track with notable speakers from emerging technologies.
For the children, there was a CoderDojo, hosted by Ben Nuttall, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s community manager. Over the two days there were many great talks, I particularly enjoyed a talk on resurrecting O2’s “Joggler” project (a 2009 Intel Atom-based “photo frame”-styled computer) using a customised version of Ubuntu.
At the end of day one is a live recording of a special Linux podcast with the hosts of The Love Bug, Late Night Linux, Linux Outlaws and Ubuntu Podcast joining forces to talk about hot topics in the community. At the end of day two is the famous raffle, which typically involves a member of the organising team running up and down the lecture theatre stairs. As an ex-organiser of Oggcamp I love to spend time with the community, who have become my friends over the years. I remember going to the first Oggcamp back in 2009 and being sat next to Philip Newborough, who had created Crunchbang Linux, an Openbox Debian based distro. Philip and his wife Becky have now become great friends and pillars of the Oggcamp community thanks to their hard work over the years.
Oggcamp 2018 was a great success and the team did a fantastic job. I also know that the team are already working on 2019 which will be the 10th anniversary of Oggcamp, and hopefully see a few old faces return for a weekend of open culture, open source fun.
Oggcamp included a series of conference talks, including running a mainframe on a Raspberry Pi Zero.