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Countdown to Wuthering Bytes 2016: The Festival Day

Gareth Halfacree

Sarah Angliss presenting at Wuthering Bytes 2014

We're in the final run-up to Wuthering Bytes 2016, the latest in the annual maker-themed festival just over the way in Hebden Bridge. Following the call for participation opening back in April, Andrew and the other organisers have put together an absolutely cracking list of speakers and workshoppers ahead of the event formally opening on Friday the 2nd of September.

This year's Festival Day, the first entry in the week-long event schedule, has something for everyone. Confirmed speakers are: Dr. Lucy Rogers, currently judging the BBC's Robot Wars reboot, speaking on the subject of her experience hacking robot dinosaurs; Dave Lynch, former dry stone waller, on his Project Nimbus cloud projection system built around hardware supplied from our web shop; Rachel Coldicutt of Doteveryone on the subject of prototyping new public services; researcher Phillip Roberts on the history of the magic lantern; and artist Hwa Young Jung on her interactive fiction title exploring a dystopian science-fiction 'Northern Powerhouse' of 2065, followed by a break for lunch.

Postprandial talks on the day are: chemist and engineer Giles Edwards on the applications of mass spectrometry for everything from pesticide measurement to testing Olympic athletes for steroid use; Irini Papadimitriou, manager for digital programmes at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in London, on the future of art and design in an increasing hyper-connected world; Channel 4's Geoff White on the interception technologies and telemetry systems used by organisations ranging from the security services to high-street businesses to snoop on your mobile phone; artist Seb Lee-Delisle on the concept of building art with creative software code; producer Andy Finney on the BBC Domesday Project which he helped found; and STEM advocate Amy Mather, who started her career as a speaker in the maker movement aged just 11, detailing her journey from her first Arduino project to running talks and workshops for hundreds of children. The traditional sign-up-on-the-day Lighting Talks round follows, followed by an afterparty with music from Richard O'Brien, Dave Ives, and Mark Tranmer.

The Festival Day isn't the only event on the Wuthering Bytes schedule, however. The annual Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG) OSHCamp event follows on the weekend with a string of talks on Saturday and hands-on workshops on Sunday, both of which we'll be looking at in more detail in the days leading up to the event. More focused days complete the schedule, from Open for Business investigating open-source software use in service provision to LLVM and GNU Tools 'Cauldron' events for software developers.

Full details of this year's Wuthering Bytes can be found on the official website, along with a link to purchase tickets for the Festival and OSHUG days.



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