We're big fans of Wuthering Bytes, the only technology festival to take place in the heart of the Pennines, and this year's promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The brainchild of local makers Andrew Back and Tim Harbour, Wuthering Bytes combines the Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG) annual conference and workshops with a more open festival day, and this year comes with four more days added to an already impressive schedule.
A conference on starting an open source business, hosted by the British Computer Society (BSC) Open Source Specialist Group, takes place on Monday the 28th of September. This is followed on the 29th, 30th, and 1st of October by three events hosted by Calderdale Council: Intelligent Towns, investigating the area's open data and Smart Cities initiatives; Tomorrow's People, looking at the future of public service provision; and Make, Do and Mend, a free technology fair offering hands-on workshops and a Restart Party where visitors can learn to fix broken devices rather than throw them away.
Naturally, there's still the regular three-day schedule: Saturday the 26th of September is the Open Source Hardware Camp talk schedule, featuring maker community luminaries such as Hannah Stewart, Omer Kilic, Mat Venn, Stewart Childs, Ben Grey, and Daniel Bailey; the OSHUG workshops on Sunday the 27th of September, including PCB design using KiCad, smart-home sensors using the ESP8266 platform, Arduino-powered wearable electronics, and a soldering workshop; and a day of more open talks, including an opening keynote on radio frequency engineering by Professor Danielle George, a history of local electronics giant Calrec Audio from Stephen Jagger, a look at the archaeological use of x-ray scanners for reading damaged media from David Mills, and Christine Farion's talk on building anxiety-reducing smart objects, all compèred by our own tame journalist Gareth Halfacree.
Early ticket sales are open now via the official website, at £10 per day for the main track.