There I was, in a field with around 500 other geeks, makers, and hackers, with power and cat5 to any tent that wanted it, wifi to the entire field, a 380MbpsÂ link to the major Milton Keynes datacenter, 1 hop from telehouse, and a grin that lasted all the way to the coach trip home.
There were talks, workshops and general geekiness in every direction. Â The badges that we allÂ receivedÂ before the end of the camp were Arduino-compatibles with RF (nanode/winode compatible), two RGB LEDs, IR send/recieve, Li-Ion battery with charging circuit and a micro-usb programming port which charges the battery too!
The talks were many and varied as well – from Bees to Quadcopters! Â There were even a group called MindHack – a group of amateur hypnotists who meet at the London Hackspace. Â They put on a workshop and a stage show on one of the evenings.
I had to keep popping to the nearest tescos, as you always do when camping, but not only for stuff that I’d forgotten/didn’t have (yeah, glowsticks and extra alchohol as I don’t drink beer), but for cash! I took advantage of many suppliers having kit with them and bought a nanode, a winode, a pibow and a couple of other bits.
Talking of alchohol – there was a bar – a real ale bar – under the M1!Â And it had a UV GlowingÂ dinosaur and a screening of Doctor Who. Â There was also a floating led matrix in the river at one point.
I’ve levelled up my soldering skills, including surface mount soldering so if anyone wants a hand soldering something, I’m happy to pass on the knowledge I’ve learned.
It really was an amazing weekend and I even got that post-amazing-event blues on the coach back, knowing that although I work with geeks, I won’t be interacting with anywhere near as many until at least barcamp blackpool.