EMF 2014

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.


Olly and myself are still hoping to get more use from the fantastic event badges, any tips on making them more funky or networked would be appreciated (leave a comment or drop me a mail).DSC_0056 DSC_0057 DSC_9513 DSC_9514 DSC_9515 DSC_9516 DSC_9517 DSC_9523 DSC_9524 DSC_9525 DSC_9526 DSC_9527 DSC_9528 DSC_9529 DSC_9530 DSC_9531 DSC_9532 DSC_9533 DSC_9534 DSC_9536 DSC_9537 DSC_9538 DSC_9539 DSC_9540 DSC_9541 DSC_9543 DSC_9544 DSC_9545 DSC_9546 DSC_9547 DSC_9548 DSC_9549 DSC_9550 DSC_9551 DSC_9552 DSC_9553 DSC_9554 DSC_9555 DSC_9556 DSC_9557 DSC_9558 DSC_9559 DSC_9560 DSC_9561 DSC_9562 DSC_9563 DSC_9564 DSC_9565 DSC_9566 DSC_9570 DSC_9571 DSC_9572 DSC_9573 DSC_9574 DSC_9575 DSC_9576 DSC_9577 DSC_9579 DSC_9580 DSC_9581 DSC_9582 DSC_9583 DSC_9584 DSC_9586 DSC_9588 DSC_9589 DSC_9590 DSC_9591 DSC_9592 DSC_9593 DSC_9594 DSC_9595 DSC_9596 DSC_9597 DSC_9598 DSC_9599 DSC_9601 DSC_9602 DSC_9603 DSC_9604 DSC_9605 DSC_9606 DSC_9607 DSC_9608 DSC_9609 DSC_9610 DSC_9611 DSC_9612 DSC_9613 DSC_9614 DSC_9615 DSC_9616 DSC_9617 DSC_9618 DSC_9619 DSC_9620 DSC_9622 DSC_9623 DSC_9624 DSC_9625 DSC_9626 DSC_9627 DSC_9628 DSC_9630 DSC_9631 DSC_9632 DSC_9633 DSC_9634 DSC_9635 DSC_9636 DSC_9637 DSC_9638 DSC_9639 DSC_9640 DSC_9641 DSC_9642 DSC_9643 DSC_9644 DSC_9645 DSC_9646 DSC_9647 DSC_9648 DSC_9650 DSC_9652 DSC_9660 DSC_9661 DSC_9665 DSC_9666 DSC_9667 DSC_9668 DSC_9669 DSC_9670 DSC_9671 DSC_9672 DSC_9673 DSC_9674 DSC_9675 DSC_9676 DSC_9677 DSC_9678 DSC_9679 DSC_9680 DSC_9681 DSC_9682 DSC_9683 DSC_9684 DSC_9685 DSC_9686 DSC_9687 DSC_9689 DSC_9690 DSC_9691 DSC_9692 DSC_9693 DSC_9694 DSC_9695 DSC_9696 DSC_9697 DSC_9698 DSC_9699 DSC_9700 DSC_9701 DSC_9702 DSC_9703 DSC_9704 DSC_9705 DSC_9706 DSC_9707 DSC_9708 DSC_9709 DSC_9710 DSC_9711 DSC_9712 DSC_9713 DSC_9714 DSC_9715 DSC_9716 DSC_9717 DSC_9718 DSC_9719 DSC_9720 DSC_9721 DSC_9722 DSC_9723 DSC_9724 DSC_9725 DSC_9726 DSC_9727 DSC_9728 DSC_9729 DSC_9730 DSC_9731 DSC_9732 DSC_9733 DSC_9734 DSC_9735 DSC_9736 DSC_9737 DSC_9738 DSC_9739 DSC_9740 DSC_9741 DSC_9742 DSC_9743 DSC_9744 DSC_9745 DSC_9746 DSC_9747 DSC_9748 DSC_9749 DSC_9750 DSC_9751 DSC_9752 DSC_9753 DSC_9755 DSC_9756 DSC_9757 DSC_9758 DSC_9759 DSC_9760 DSC_9761 DSC_9766 DSC_9770 DSC_9773 DSC_9774 DSC_9775 DSC_9778 DSC_9781 DSC_9785 DSC_9805 DSC_9806 DSC_9807 DSC_9808 DSC_9810 DSC_9813 DSC_9814 DSC_9815 DSC_9816 DSC_9817 DSC_9818 DSC_9819 DSC_9820 DSC_9821 DSC_9822 DSC_9823 DSC_9824 DSC_9825 DSC_9826 DSC_9827 DSC_9828 DSC_9829 DSC_9830 DSC_9831 DSC_9832 DSC_9833 DSC_9834 DSC_9835 DSC_9836 DSC_9837 DSC_9838 DSC_9839 DSC_9840 DSC_9841 DSC_9842 DSC_9843 DSC_9844 DSC_9845 DSC_9846 DSC_9847 DSC_9848 DSC_9849 DSC_9850 DSC_9851 DSC_9852 DSC_9853 DSC_9854 DSC_9855 DSC_9856 DSC_9857 DSC_9858 DSC_9859 DSC_9860 DSC_9861 DSC_9862 DSC_9863 DSC_9864 DSC_9865 DSC_9866 DSC_9867 DSC_9868 DSC_9869 DSC_9870 DSC_9871 DSC_9872 DSC_9873 DSC_9875 DSC_9876 DSC_9877 DSC_9878 DSC_9879 DSC_9881 DSC_9883 DSC_9884 DSC_9885 DSC_9886 DSC_9887 DSC_9888 DSC_9889 DSC_9890 DSC_9891 DSC_9892 DSC_9893 DSC_9894 DSC_9895 DSC_9896 DSC_9897 DSC_9898 DSC_9899 DSC_9900 DSC_9901 DSC_9902 DSC_9903 DSC_9904 DSC_9905 DSC_9906 DSC_9907 DSC_9908 DSC_9909 DSC_9910 DSC_9911 DSC_9912 DSC_9913 DSC_9914 DSC_9915 DSC_9916 DSC_9917 DSC_9918 DSC_9919 DSC_9920 DSC_9921 DSC_9922 DSC_9923 DSC_9924 DSC_9925 DSC_9926 DSC_9927 DSC_9928 DSC_9929 DSC_0055 DSC_0054 DSC_0053

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).





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#44CON 2014


once again had the greatest of pleasure to assist (in a minor way) with #44CON this year as the minor annoyance ambling around with camera’s. In the two & a bit days I managed to take 32Gb of pictures (just over 2000).

It’s a brilliant conference, of the two events in the UK that I consider unmissable #44CON is by far the best for content and catching up with friends and the regular con attendees plus great speakers; Bsides London will always be the best ‘free’ community event and in the commercial realm #44CON is such a great training / learning & socialising gig it cannot  / should not be missed.

I managed to meet a few more peeps that I know only from IRC / Twitter / Internetz and it’s always fantastic to actually catch up in real life, #44CON enables those conversations and meetings and the new venue definitely helped to facilitate the entire event.

Awesome presentations and demonstrations were in abundant supply as was the never tiring core team & crew of #44CON who deserve nothing but admiration and praise for making the event such a success. At the end of Friday there was a real buzz and sadness as it ended, that was coupled with the relief that it all passed smoothly and without noticeable flail; it’s a credit to the effort behind the scenes and the generous support of the sponsors and everyone who attended that makes it such a great highlight of the UK Information Security calender.

I’ve picked through the mass of pictures and pulled out a hundred or so to give a taster of the con, please feel free to share any pictures or re-use them for any non-commercial means (I appreciate credit for them and welcome any feedback or requests for full resolution raw copies).

I hope everyone who attended enjoyed #44CON as much as I did and I’m already looking forward to next years event(s) with great anticipation, they really are the pinnacle of the cream of InfoSec in the UK and I’m proud to play a small part in something so awesome and that improves time after time.

Till next time!



Bar Bus was great :-)


Adrian & Steve dishing out stonkingly good prizes


The sponsors for #44CON are fantastic


The sponsors for #44CON are fantastic


The sponsors for #44CON are fantastic!! Thank you nccgroup!


The sponsors for #44CON are fantastic


The sponsors for #44CON are fantastic! MWR’s party was once again the stuff of blurry awesomeness and many rough and sore heads on Friday morning.

w1bble's laptop

My laptop got some use in dodgy RAW file conversion using the lameness of win8, print screen and paint (needs must); it needs more stickers, email / tweet me for details how to appear on it ;-)


TheColonial rocked his Metasploit talk




The printers most certainly got it #Doom :-D


Thom tried to do a spot of pole dancing later on after the MWR party, we hope he doesn’t try to make a career out of it (the tips unsurprisingly were not forthcoming)


@Viss was responsible for sharing some very odd things in his purchase / browsing history


Jason wasn’t @ 44CON this year but others followed the tradition of Awkward Hugs


I was shot at more than once #ASign?


Please don’t buy or issue @wickedclownuk with sharp objects #YouHathBeenWarned #StabbyStabby


#44CON badge was awesome and grats to @securelyfitz – Joe was so kind to solder up mine and others badges and made soldering look like childs play ;-)


@addelindh and many of us thoroughly enjoyed the joys of G&T O clock


A terrible twosome enjoying G&T O Clock


Thoms presentation didn’t go down the pan, was great (the bits I saw); beats his late night pole dancing for sure!


Campbell & Dawn “working” to promote the cyberscheme & encription’s excellent work


Awesome Con badge!


Bar staff were awesome \o/ #44CON cocktails were lush!


@mckeay was supporting the fine Akamai Security team


I & everyone really appreciated proper and tasty coffee provided by @AntipodeLondon & supported by sponsors tokens!


Jerrys (@JGamblin) pub quiz was something else on the Wednesday night #MuchFun #ManyGiggles


Joe tirelessly soldering (making it look so easy it defies comparison)


Great pentest talk from everyone and sensible questions skilfully answered by the panel


Unsure if war paint or just camouflage


more of Viss’s very odd pics being shared around #MostOdd :-)


Great news and everyone was happy to toast Sofia & Dave on their new addition


Toasts being distributed

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