Friday and Sunday Evening

As you know, out Satuday night party is going to be at the main venue, and we hope to see you all there!

If you’re arriving on the Friday night and want to meet up for a drink, The Plough Inn is about 5 minutes walk from the venue and we’ve got a room (“The Library”) booked there for OggCampers.  We expect people to arrive there from about 7, so if you’re about, come along!  You can see the location on the Venue page.

Sunday evening is always a sedate occasion after a long weekend’s OggCamping, so if you’re staying over on Sunday night we’ll be heading back to The Plough for a few drinks then as well!

Workshops! Parties! Prizes!

We’ve been beavering away at OggCamp towers to make this year’s event even more fun and feature-filled, and have some great stuff to announce.  We’ve also released some extra tickets, so go and get yours now!

Workshops!

The Moorcrofts Workshop will be situated outside the exhibition area and will be host to some live open hardware demos and workshops.  On Saturday, James Hardiman will be demonstrating the Handibot – an open source CNC router.  If you’ve got designs you’d like cut and carved in wood, get in touch with HandiBot@FabLabsUK.co.uk to let them know who you are and what you’d like.  He’ll also be making these excellent OggCamp souvenir plaques for £1 to cover the cost of materials.

On Sunday, the OpenTRV team will be running a soldering workshop to help you assemble the kits they’ll have for sale on their exhibition stand throughout the event.

A big thanks to Moorcrofts for sponsoring The Moorcrofts Workshop!

Parties!

The OggCamp party will be taking place on the Saturday night at The Oxford Hotel, in the same room as the scheduled track.  There will be a bar, music and a whole load of geeks!  Please note that as we’re in Oxford this year, drinks will be a bit pricer than Liverpool.

The party will kick off at 8pm which gives you plenty of time to find something to eat beforehand.  The map on the Venue page has been updated to show you where the most accessible restaurants nearby are, and details of how to get there.

Before the party, there will also be a Code Pub taking place for existing or potential Code Club volunteers to meet up and have a chat over a drink.  Speak to the folks on the Code Club stand in the exhibition to find out more.

We’ll also be having informal gatherings on the Friday evening for anyone who’s arriving early, and the Sunday evening for hangers on.  We’ll announce details of these later in the week.

Prizes!

As ever, we’ll be running a raffle to help raise funds for the event, and give you the chance to win some great prizes.  The prizes we’ve got lined up so far include: Books from O’Reilly and Linux Voice’s Ben Everard, OpenTRV kits, Peppertop Comics merchandise, PiBorg goodies and our star prize, an Arduino Robot.  If you, your project or your company has something you’d like to donate to the OggCamp raffle, let us know or bring it along to the OggCamp merchandise stand on the day.

Raffle tickets will be for sale from the OggCamp merchandise stand in the exhibition room.

Schedule Now Live

While OggCamp is an unconference, we like to have a few things lined up to pique your interest, so as usual we’ve got a scheduled track with some great speakers, lightning talks, live podcasting and our infamous raffle cast this year.  Head over to the Schedule & Speakers page for more details!

Wot No Tickets?

We’re very pleased to announce that our initial allocation of tickets has sold out!  Thanks to everyone for their support!

If you’ve missed out on a ticket, don’t fret.  If you head over to the tickets page and sign up for the Waitlist, we’ll let you know if we get any returns or if we are able to release more tickets.

If you are unable to get a ticket but still want to come, we certainly wont turn you away, but be aware that we’ll be over subscribed so some sessions may be full.  If you really want to see a particular talk, get there early!  We’ll be publishing details of the schedule very soon.

What’s happening at OggCamp14?

While OggCamp is an unconference, we’ve got plenty lined up alongside the unconference tracks.  This includes the exhibition and Open Hardware Jam featuring our sponsors and projects from the community, as well as our scheduled track with talks and other activities on the main stage.

Details of the schedule are still being confirmed, but you can head over to the Event page to see what we’ve got planned so far!

The OggCamp Community upgrades to Gold Sponsor

There’s been a big upsurge in donations from our Pay-What-You-Want ticket scheme over the past week, which means that The OggCamp Community has for the second year running earned itself a Gold Sponsorship position!

As we don’t have a venue sponsor this year each little bit we get from ticket donations means a lot, and those little bits have really added up.  A massive thank you to everyone who’s supported the event.

New Gold Sponsor – Linux Voice!

I’m very pleased to welcome our second Gold Sponsor of 2014 – Linux Voice!

Linux Voice is the magazine that gives back to the free software community.  Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Linux Voice publishes digital and print editions of its monthly magazine packed with articles for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned power user.  After 9 months, all articles are released under a creative commons license, and 50% of profits from the magazine will be donated to community projects.

Check out LinuxVoice.com for free articles, their excellent podcast, and of course to subscribe!

Discounted rooms available at The Oxford Hotel

If you’ve not booked your accommodation for OggCamp yet, here’s an offer that you can’t refuse;  We’ve got a limited allocation of discounted rooms at The Oxford Hotel where the event is taking place, reducing the price from around £170 per night to around £100 per night for a double room across the weekend.  That’s a 4* hotel with a stumble downstairs to the event for the same price as the Holiday Inn down the road! See the Accommodation page for full details!

If you’ve already booked, sorry we couldn’t release these rooms earlier but since the allocation is limited we wanted people volunteering for the crew to have first refusal on the discounted rate.

What’s in an OggCamp?

If you’ve been to an OggCamp before, hopefully you know enough that you’re already looking for the Tickets page.  If not, you might need a bit more convincing.

OggCamp takes place over 2 days, featuring a host of talks and other things to see and do.  Of course, as it’s an unconference, we welcome (and encourage!) attendees to offer talks on the day speaking about their projects and interests.  If you’re not the speaking type, however, OggCamp will have plenty to keep you busy. We’ll have a scheduled track of speakers and sessions, an exhibition featuring a combination of our sponsors and open hardware projects, and social activities in the evenings.  Of course, you can just sit and listen to what other people have to say!

If you want to know more about what goes on at the event and how it’s evolved over the years, check out the Event and History pages.