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Party Details

In the past few years we have asked people to get a party ticket just so we have a rough idea of numbers but this year we are going to make it a bit more formal.

Last year, some people, to put it nicely, took advantage of the bar tab and so we got through it quicker than we were expecting. To try to stop this from happening again this year we are introducing a system so everyone can get a fair share.

We’ve considered lots of different ways to do this and this is what we decided:

  1. If you are coming to the party party, please take a party ticket from Eventbrite.
  2. We will divvy up the tab amongst everyone who has asked for a ticket when the sales close at the end of the day on Wednesday 5th.
  3. When you register on Saturday morning, you will show your conference ticket to get in and also your party ticket. You will then be issued your party pack. Remember, you must have a main event ticket to be allowed in the party.

If you don’t have a party ticket and your plans change come find one of the Gaffers and we will sort you out. Or you could find yourself someone on expenses with a nice company credit card.

Bliss Thank You

It took a while, mostly due to me being slow at getting things sorted out, but Bliss got their share of the £1600 that we raised this year. A huge thanks to everyone who bought from the bring and buy, entered the raffle or just threw cash into the collection bucket.

Robin and the crew.

Bliss Thank You

Media Archive

We’ve finally got all the media from the event online, here are the links to it all:

Videos

After a stellar performance by Cooper, ably assisted by Cal, this year’s videos are the best ever.

2016 Playlist

What made it even better was the live streaming on the day for those who couldn’t physically attend.

Photos

Thanks to Chris Ratcliff for doing the photography on the day and to Jamie Duxbury for giving us the shots he took.

Due to “age restriction problems” on Flickr we’ve moved to hosting the photos with Google this year. We will probably move the old archives over at some point as well.

2016 Photo Roll

Bring and Buy

Last year we ran a “bring and buy” table for IT and security related books, raising £100 for the premature baby charity Bliss.

We are running the table again this year and extending it to include hardware. Do you have old kit lying around at home, collecting dust that you think might be valuable to someone else? If so, bring it along. If there is something special about what you are bringing, such as the power supply is dead or there is a loose connection somewhere, then please bring a note to put on it so people know what they are buying.

If you’ve nothing to bring, make sure you’ve got some cash on you and space in your bag or car so you can take something home, as all proceeds will go to charity.

Now with added workshops

For the last two years your ticket has granted you access to a day full of amazing talks, a lunch including ice cream from one of the best producers in the country, a true northern dinner and enough free drinks at the party to make everyone merry, but this year we are going a step further, we are adding workshops!

We are going to make Friday afternoon Workshop Time. At the moment, the plan is to run between four and five sessions between 1PM and 5PM but depending on numbers this might open up to the morning as well.

So as well, as looking for CFP submissions for talks, we also want workshop submissions. We want either two or four hour sessions and are looking for anything hacker related. We are expecting the usual “this is how to hack product X” but, in line with our range of talks, would also like some on soft skills and other none technical topics. These all have to be carried out in university provided rooms so please consider this when coming up with ideas, if you are not sure if something is appropriate then please get in touch and we will make a decision.

Once we have the schedule sorted out we will open ticketing to let you book your seats and, as said before, this is all in the one ticket, this is not an extra cost, just reserving seats for bums.

2015 Videos

After a lot of hard work by Luke, Cal and Tom we’ve finally got the videos sorted and uploaded. Not all the talks were recorded and not all the recordings have made it through to being published, this is because, despite all the work put in on the day and in post production, the quality is no where near what we would have liked due to a number of problems including:

  • Cameras failing
  • Memory cards filling up
  • Microphones not picking up what they were supposed to
  • Picture in picture accidentally being turned on during recording losing a chunk of screen space
  • Poor lighting in track 2
  • Various other little niggles

We’ve learnt a lot from this and plans are already in place for next year where we hope to be able to do live streaming, this should mean problems are picked up straight away and the recordings are ready for release within days not months.

Apologies to the speakers whose hard work didn’t make it through, if you want to see what we have we can send you what we have of your talk, just get in touch.

 

Book Stall

Since I moved house I’ve had a pile of tech books stacked under my desk that I know I’ll never read but don’t want to give to the local charity shop as I doubt they’d sell. So I was thinking, I might just bring them along to the con, put them on a table and if anyone wants one they can put some cash in a charity donation bucket. I’m sure there will be someone from a hackerspace there at the end who be happy to take any left overs away and if not then I’ve tried and Oxfam can have them.

If anyone else wants to bring along any that they don’t want then feel free, better given to a good home than collecting dust and taking up space.