After the fun of Shambala this year (camping festival fun for all the family) I took Olly to EMF for a hacking and making camping experience as a final bit of summer fun together.
We both had a great time and managed to do some interesting projects together, blacksmithing, soldering and lock picking. Olly now has his own set of picks and showed great skill in popping quite a few of the locks brought by the fine chaps of Toool (always good to spend time in the lock picking village!) Due to time constraints I totally failed to see any talks over the weekend which was a shame but regardless the event was great and atmosphere outstanding. There is a wonderful liberation of being among such a great crowd of hackers, makers, geeks and techies. The great ability to be able to leave expensive tech lying around without any real concern, everyone was there to have fun and learn and the relaxed atmosphere was really great. The weather stayed mostly dry if a bit blustery and myself and Olly had a great time meeting old and new friends alike.
I’d chatted beforehand in IRC with a bunch of folk from Milliways and am very glad they made us so welcome, the beer and conversations were great, very accommodating and well worth supporting them whenever you see them at an event (the challenge coins are very special and well worth getting hold of!)
A big thank you goes out to the hard working organisers and crew, everyone made the event special and I’m only sad I didn’t manage to get round all the hackspaces and chat to more people.
I took a few pics which are fairly haphazardly uploaded below, you’re welcome to re-use them elsewhere for non-commercial things and welcome to email me or ping me on IRC / twitter if you want full resolution copies or permission to use anywhere else.
We’re hoping to get to a hacker camp next year in Germany (Olly & me) so hoping the summer next year will be filled with more camping and hacking fun!
Good times, sorry it took me so long to post some pics publicly. I’m local to where EMF was so managed to help before, a little bit during and get a couple of pics after (helps explain the order of some them).