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Over the Air 2016 schedule

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Friday 25th November 2016

  • Registration Opens

    At 8:30am to 8:30am, Friday 25th November

    In St. John's Hoxton

  • Welcome & Friday Keynote

    by Hadley Beeman

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Friday 25th November

    In Main Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Getting Physical with Web Bluetooth in the Browser

    by Dan Jenkins

    At 11:30am to 12:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • Lessons learnt (11 years of commercialising a connected product)

    by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

    The Good Night Lamp is currently on show at the newly opened Design Museum. How did it get there from an idea she had as a student in 2005? Alex will share some thoughts on commercialising a product for families for the last 11 years.

    Alex has been curating the London IoT meetup since 2011 and is an internet of things consultant. She also used to sell the first Arduinos in the UK from her Hackney flat back in 2007.

    At 11:30am to 12:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Open Revolution: Standing up for Open Source Democracy

    by James Smith

    We are building a networked society, a change potentially as significant as the industrial revolution, and with technological change comes social change. We need to keep iterating our democracy to allow us to make decisions together in an ever more connected world, we need new political choices that reflect those ideals, and we all need to build them together. This talk will cover experiments in open source democracy, experience of standing in the 2015 general election, and the way ahead for a new political movement built around openness.

    At 11:30am to 12:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • Build your own Skype... in the browser... in an afternoon...

    by Steven Goodwin

    In this session, Steven Goodwin will practically demonstrate the various "moving parts" necessary to build a video chat application using WebRTC, by creating one live on stage.

    At 12:30pm to 1:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • I never knew SMS could do that

    by Sam Machin

    A short talk on some of the more 'interesting' features of SMS and how you can use them with the Nexmo API on modern smartphones. This will be an interactive session where users will send/receive messages on their phones so bring them along.

    At 12:30pm to 1:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • IoT at Mozilla

    by Francisco Jordano

    Mozilla has been exploring the IoT space for nearly a year.

    Come and join us to find what we have learned and all the code and ideas that we are able to share.

    In this session we will go through different ideas that we have explored, how we did the process of learning, how we failed and how we win.

    At 12:30pm to 1:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • Innovative experiences through emerging technologies (AR, VR, IoT, etc…)

    by Carin Campanario

    This talk will inspire attendees to create surprising new user experiences (like the examples in the talk) that use powerful new technologies (like brainwave control, AI, AR, VR, IoT, etc.) through mostly free SDKs and software (to which the talk will provide links).

    Carin will show examples of experiences that are literally 'wonder'-ful, and fulfill a real need at the same time (they're not just games), like a school bus to Mars, AI robot for the elderly, and apps that teach our thoughts.

    After the talk, new ideas can be discussed.

    At 1:30pm to 2:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • LPWAN – The Backbone of IoT

    by Peter Karney

    The session will start with a brief introduction to the Digital Catapult, what we do and our areas of focus. We will dive into LPWAN technologies and the benefits that they bring when compared to other radio technologies. We will briefly discuss how the UK compares to our European neighbours in terms of commercial networks. We will then introduce the Catapult Things Connected network. We will walk you through the features, our plans and invite you to join our Beta programme. The session will end with a demonstration of messages sent over the network.

    At 1:30pm to 2:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • Making Things Come Alive!

    by Alex Bucknall

    Attendees will learn about Low Power Wide Area Networks and how they can use solutions like Sigfox to easily make their ideas come to life. Attendees will learn how to optimise their hardware projects to be connected, energy efficient and simple to use! They will also get a chance to use dev kits to connect their projects to the Sigfox network.

    At 1:30pm to 2:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • How to Build a Secure IP Camera

    by Tim Panton

    We will walk the audience through the necessary steps to building a reasonably secure internet connected camera. (Hint: yes it is possible.)

    We will cover the technical issues like encryption and network topology as well as more user centric areas like remote access, management, privacy and update mechanisms. By the end of the session they will know enough to get started - we will provide a small number of kits and a pre-release access to our API allowing people to build smart cameras during session and the hackathon. So bring your laptop and some HTML5 skills!

    We will award a prize at the end of the hackathon to the best secure user interface to a web cam.

    At 2:30pm to 3:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

    Coverage note

  • I just hacked your app!

    by Marcos Placona

    Android security is nowhere near where it should be. I have been able to hack and get sensitive information from a few different apps and I’m just an amateur hacker at best.

    Whether it’s because we are exposing information when making HTTP requests to our backend servers or because we’re simply storing things we shouldn’t in our apps, it’s easy to forget mobile devices aren’t as safe as we think they are.

    In this session we will explore a number of ways an Android app can be exploited and most importantly methods that we can use to avoid these attacks.

    We will finish by looking at common techniques that will help you protect sensitive information within your application by adding tampering detection and making sure every external communication request is made securely.

    At 2:30pm to 3:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • Web & VR

    by Ada Rose Edwards

    Samsung developer advocate Ada Rose Edwards will present the latest on building interactive VR experiences for the web.

    At 2:30pm to 3:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Building a Voice Application for Amazons Alexa using the Nexmo Voice API

    by Sam Machin

    Sam will walk though building a simple voice application with the Nexmo API and then an Amazon Alexa Skill to link to the same application. We will be working in Python and using AWS Lambda.

    At 3:30pm to 4:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • Easy VR Apps and Data Visualisation (with React and A-Frame)

    by James Porter

    Learn how by combining React and A-Frame (a WebVR framework from Mozilla) we can build VR experiences in minutes (not days).

    Just as you create web front ends with React you can place images, text and 3D objects in an interactive 3D VR world. We will learn the basics of A-Frame and how React and modern Javascript allows us to encapsulate and manage the complexities of it; allowing us to quickly create maintainable/extensible Apps and Visualisations.

    The session will be interactive, with several starter projects and time for experimentation with them.

    At 3:30pm to 4:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • Setting 4.5 billion years of Natural History Data free

    by Margaret Gold, Ben Scott and Laurence Livermore

    The Natural History Museum in London is embarking on an epic journey to digitise 80 million specimens from one of the world’s most important natural history collections - documenting 4.5 billion years of life, the Earth and the solar system. Almost all animal, plant, mineral and fossil groups are represented.

    Digitising the Museum’s collection will give the global scientific community access to unrivalled historical, geographic and taxonomic specimen data gathered in the last 250 years. We are committed to open access and open science.

    Over the next five years we plan to digitise a quarter of the Museum's specimens by establishing high-throughput digital capture workflows for all major collection types.

    We have created an online Data Portal (http://data.nhm.ac.uk/) giving everyone access to the specimen and lot-level data, and will develop flexible informatics and visualisation tools to analyse the data.

    In this session, we will introduce you to our Data Portal and our open APIs to the world's natural history data. We will describe some of the digitisation challenges we face, and our desire to make this not only an indispensable source of data for researchers & scientists world wide, but also a source of information and knowledge for the amateur, the student, and the curious.
    *The Digital Collections Programme: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science...

    We will show case our iCollections database in particular.
    *The story: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science...
    *The data: http://tinyurl.com/iCollectionsData

    And finally, we will present to your our Natural History Data Challenge for the Hackathon - how can you help set the world's natural history data free?

    This session and Hackathon Challenge are supported by the SYNTHESYS project, which encompasses a wide range of natural history collections across all of Europe: http://www.synthesys.info/

    At 3:30pm to 4:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Limitless multimedia goodness with GStreamer

    by Luis de Bethencourt

    Creating GStreamer pipelines takes seconds, but by plugging elements to create any multimedia processing graph you can imagine, there is limitless potential. I would like to share the basics of GStreamer and how to create pipelines with ease.

    At 4:30pm to 5:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • Open Open Source

    by Charlotte Spencer

    Although the word is in the name, Open Source is not always very open. When we look at the most well known contributors to Open Source, we see that they have resources that others may not. Resources such as time, energy, a decent internet connection, little experience of harassment and support from a workplace, or just a job at all.

    This is not a talk where you will get the golden solution to making your Open Source project a magical fun place with boundless diversity of people and experiences. It is however, a talk about some of the things we can do to make Open Source (and by association, the industry at large) a more approachable and inclusive place.

    Contributing to Open Source is an investment; when we ask others to do it, we ask them to give up their time for us. As maintainers and contributors, it is our job to make the experience enjoyable and worth the effort.

    To make a contributor’s stay enjoyable and comfortable, we’ll talk about:

    • Why your project should have a Code of Conduct
    • How you can use GitHub issues to open the door
    • Recognising your limitations as humans
    • How code is only a minor part of your project
    • How far a friendly attitude can take you
    • Using inclusive language in all your interactions

    At 4:30pm to 5:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Web Bluetooth in Action!

    by Peter O'Shaughnessy

    At 4:30pm to 5:25pm, Friday 25th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • Lightning Talks

    by Melinda Seckington, Tristan Roddis, Margaret Gold, Dom Hodgson, Aisha Yusaf, James Bulmer and Jason Grant

    Presented by our Head of Lightning, Melinda Seckington

    At 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Friday 25th November

    In Main Stage, St. John's Hoxton

    Coverage slide deck

Saturday 26th November 2016

  • Saturday Keynote: What's New in the Web?

    by Léonie Watson

    The W3C is responsible for some of the oldest and most important web
    standards, as well as many of the newest and most innovative. In this
    talk, Léonie Watson will take a lightening look at what's happening in
    web standards, from the technologies we use every day to the latest APIs.

    Find out what's new in HTML5.1, and what the future holds for HTML5.2.
    Get the latest on web notifications with the Push API, speech
    input/output with the Web Speech API, game interaction with the Gamepad
    and Vibration APIs, and event handling with Pointer Events and the
    Pointer Lock API.

    At 10:00am to 11:00am, Saturday 26th November

    In Main Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Attempting to Mitigate Internet Surveillance

    by glynwintle

    What are the different threats
    What users can do
    What developers should do
    How to fight back

    At 11:00am to 11:55am, Saturday 26th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Clean Air Hack Challenge

    by WoonTan

    In partnership with the Clean Air Tech MeetUp community, we’re asking – How can technology could help solve London’s outdoor pollution problem?

    More details coming soon, but in the meantime you can find more background here: https://futureofprosperity.org/2...

    At 11:00am to 11:55am, Saturday 26th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • Mastering the Firefox DevTools

    by 👻Alex Lakatos👻

    We'll learn to use the Firefox Developer Tools like a regular web developer so we can Inspect The Web. This activity will allow people to get a better understanding of the DevTools baked into Firefox and what they can do to increase their proficiency.

    This is a hands on talk, no slides attached, we're going to cover the Page Inspector - with CSS, Selectors and Animations - the Console, Debugger, Storage Inspector and then we'll showcase the Firefox Developer Edition.

    At 11:00am to 11:55am, Saturday 26th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

  • Bad Computer: When AI Goes Evil And It's Our Fault

    by Imran Ghory

    How to think practically about ethics when applying Machine Learning techniques.

    Machine Learning is becoming prevalent in every aspect of our lives from online dating & personal finance to medical devices & self-driving cars. As time goes on we're ceding ever more of our decision making to black-box algorithms. But without careful consideration we can end up letting these algorithms make decisions that humans would never consider acceptable.

    It's falls to us as developers, data scientists and product managers to make sure we consider the ethical implications when we adopt machine learning techniques; as failing to do so could have meaningful negative real world consequences for our users.

    This talk will cover a number of practical examples as well as techniques for spotting where these challenges might occur in your own work.

    At 12:00pm to 12:55pm, Saturday 26th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • Coder Dojo

    by Johnny Claffey and Steve Mowat

    The CoderDojo is a separate workshop run by the Mentors at CoderDojo London for 7 - 17 year olds, in order to welcome the children, nieces and nephews (or other relations) of the attendees of Over the Air.

    Registration for this workshop is restricted and is now full.

    At 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday 26th November

    In Rear Session Space, St. John's Hoxton

    Coverage link

  • How “Serverless” will change our future

    by Paul Johnston

    How Serverless ideas and technologies will disrupt the way we code, the way we interact and the way we develop solutions over the next few years

    At 12:00pm to 12:55pm, Saturday 26th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

  • Employee Evangelism: Make your team badass

    by Melinda Seckington

    Hiring good people can be hard. Keeping good people can be hard. It’s made easier though if you can set your company apart as a place that people want to work at. But how do you make the community aware that that’s the case?

    Developer evangelists typically evangelise products to developers, but what if the thing you’re trying to sell is the team itself? How can you get your entire team sharing with the community what you’ve built and how you work?

    This talk will examine why you should evangelise your team and give concrete examples of how to encourage your team to do so.

    At 1:00pm to 1:55pm, Saturday 26th November

    In Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

  • The (Connected) House of Horrors [cancelled]

    by Terence Eden

    Why you should run screaming from the Internet of Things in a domestic setting.

    At 1:00pm to 1:55pm, Saturday 26th November

    In The Crypt, St. John's Hoxton

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