OggCamp News

The Oggcamp Chief needs your help!

The Oggcamp Chief is back and he needs your help! Many of you will already know what Oggcamp is, but just in case…

“OggCamp is an unconference celebrating Free Culture, Free and Open Source Software, hardware hacking, digital rights, and all manner of collaborative cultural activities and is committed to creating a conference that is as inclusive as possible. If you’ve got a story to tell, no matter your background or current status, whether it’s your first talk or you’ve loads of experience, as long as the talk is connected (somehow) to our theme then we want to know about it.”

For one weekend we come together to celebrate our projects, communities and stories.

This is made possible by YOU the Oggcamp Crew!

Why do we need a crew?

  • Meet and greet the delegates when checking in
  • Help delegates find rooms and talks using The Grid
  • Answer any concerns and try to resolve problems
  • Help move equipment and setup rooms
  • Connect and use audio & video equipment
  • Post content to social media

You may now be thinking “What do I get for this?” For your work you will receive a limited edition Oggcamp Crew t-shirt, and an Oggcamp mug, but most importantly you will receive the thanks of the delegates and organisers who cannot run Oggcamp without you. You will also have the time to take part in Oggcamp, watch the talks, take part in workshops etc.

If you would like to volunteer then please do! You can sign up to our mailing list at https://mailman.lug.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/oggcamp-crew and from there you will learn more about the event and how you can play a massive part in this event.

Thanks for reading!

Les “The Chief” Pounder

OggCamp Joins Forces With FlawCon

Hello everyone, Dan here. Can you believe it’s only 2 months to OggCamp 2019 now? I can’t. Then again I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since we created this event and there’s some old guy staring back at me from the mirror… but enough of my problems because today I have some exciting news. Drum roll please maestro…

We are delighted to announce that we’re joining forces with FlawCon, a security and Open Source event that was due to happen in Huddersfield but sadly had to be cancelled. We’ve long had an interest in security subjects at OggCamp, with many talks from FreakyClown amongst others but we’ve never had a dedicated space for it. We wanted to see FlawCon happen in some form. So we’re handing over the keys to one of our talk rooms on Sunday October 20th to the great folks who run FlawCon to use as they please. I’ll be honest though, I’m really hoping they’ll use those keys to open the doors and put on some security talks/discussions rather than do anything else with them hehe :)

This all came about when an OggCamp regular contacted us to say FlawCon was having issues and wondering if we could help. “Of course we can” I thought, it’s the Open Source way right?!

So in addition to the many awesome things happening at the OggCamp 10th Birthday Extravaganza you can look forward to a mini FlawCon on Sunday and get your security geek on!

Don’t forget OggCamp19 will take place October 19th & 20th 2019 in Manchester, UK and tickets are already going fast. So book now to avoid disappointment!


I’ll be back with more announcements and news very soon, there’s so much to look forward to, eeek!

Until then take care of yourselves (and each other) out there :-)

Dan Lynch

Announcing Our Scheduled Track Speakers

OggCamp is an unconference, but we do like to pin down some likely characters for one scheduled track - it gives you some idea of what you can expect and still leaves two tracks open to fill on the day. This year, we’re opening the bidding with:

  • An update on the state of MQTT, a fun and fantastic technology that was born at OggCamp
  • A beginners perspective on Ubuntu
  • An introduction to IndieWeb and owning your own platforms/content
  • A selection of fun and geeky side projects

Remember that it’s an unconference so there will be much more schedule appearing during the weekend itself, but until then you can check out speakers page for more details of the scheduled track.

Accommodation information

This year our OggCamp venue is at the Manchester Conference Centre which has a hotel on site: Pendulum Hotel.

If you want to stay on site, we have a block of rooms reserved, but they can only be booked by telephone. The prices for this discounted block are:

  • Friday 18th October: £89
  • Saturday 19th October: £119
  • Sunday 20th October: £89

To book: phone 0161 955 8062 and quote code GA01775

Since we’re in central Manchester this year, there are PLENTY of other options nearby and by easy transport connection. Particularly look out for the Ibis next door, the reasonably priced MotelOne and plenty of other more and less expensive options. The nearest train and tram stations are both at Manchester Picadilly.

If you need recommendations or local knowledge, try asking on our Telegram group or IRC channel.

We are hearing that hotels are booking up fast due to other events on the same weekend, so do please make your arrangements when you can!