As a lot of you may know I travel the country to attend hackdays, barcamps and other geek events. 2011 was a very busy year, being away from home most weekends, so here is a quick roundup of what was a very fun year indeed!
Culture Grid Hackday | Photos
A 1 day hackday held at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle. The events aim was to bring together developers and museums to see if they could create new and exciting projects by using museum data currently held in the Culture Grid and the Tyne and Wear Museum Archive.
Think Visibility (March) | Photos
A 1 day conference held at the Alea Casino, Leeds this event focuses on SEO, Affliates and Marketing in Web Design and Development. The event is organised by Dom Hodgson and Heather Burke, the 5th Think Vis conference to be held in the city with both the pre-party and after party being held in the casino.
MakerFaire | Photos
Returning to The Centre for Life, Newcastle for its 3rd year in a row, the Makerfaire headlined the Newcastle ScienceFest. The event is based around arts, crafts, engineering, science and the DIY attitude.
Barcamp Barnsley | Photos
A 1 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment, the 3rd to be held in Barnsley at the Digital Media Centre.
Linked Gov Data Hackday | Photos
A 2 day hackday held at LBI London, Brick Lane. It brought together developers and designers to work on creating new ways to utilise UK Government data and to air a voice as to which datasets should become available in the future.
Barcamp Sheffield | Photos
A 2 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment, Barcamp Sheffield 2011 took the Barcamp ehtics back to its grass roots.
Geeks of London Geek Trip – Geeks go to a country | Photos
In April, Prince William got married to his commoner gal in London. Geeks of London decided to organise a trip abroad to escape the crowds. The venue was Delft in the Netherlands. Highlights of the trip included an International Hackday and a trip to Amsterdam to celebrate Queensday (The Dutch certainly know how to party!)
Newcastle Green Festival | Photos
A 2 day event revolving around being “green” held in Leazes Park, Newcastle. Also included a main stage with numerous bands playing over both days.
Barcamp Nottingham | Photos
A 2 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment. Held at the HackSpace, it was the first event of its kind to be held in Nottingham.
Sunderland Airshow | Photos
Returning yet again to the Seaburn seafront, the free event saw the Vulcan bomber making a rare appearance.
Leeds Hack 2011 | Photos
Hacking Northern Style, a 2 day hackday held at the Mint Hotel in Leeds.
Barcamp North East 4 | Photos
A 2 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment, the fourth Barcamp to be held in Newcastle, this time around being held in the Star and Shadow community cinema.
Think Visibility (September) | Photos
Think Visibility 6, again held at the Alea Casino, Leeds. Pre-Party was held at the Mint Hotel and After Party held at the Casino.
Geek Steam BBQ | Photos
A small group of geeks descended on the raised model railway track at Colney Heath, just outside of London for a day of riding steam trains and socialising around a BBQ.
Barcamp Media City | Photos
A 2 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment. Held at the BBC, Media City in Salford.
Charity Hack | Photos
Returning once again to the Paypal HQ in London. My 2nd, it brings together, charities, developers and designers to create innovative new ways to raise money for charity.
Over the Air | Photos
A 2 day hack day based around mobile development. This year it was held at the famous Bletchley Park. A scorching hot weekend spent mostly outside on the green lounging around on a bean bag socialising wih friends old and new. Not everyday you can say you’ve camped in front of the mansion!
DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper! North | Photos
Instead of attending this conference as a delegate I attended it to photograph it. A 1 day Microsoft based community event held at the University of Sunderland. Think Barcamps but with sessions and speakers already scheduled.
Barcamp Blackpool | Photos
A 1 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment. It returned once again to the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Paradise Rooms.
Barcamp London 9 | Photos
A 2 day “unconference” all about learning in an open environment with a halloween theme. Held at the City University London.
Culture Hack North | Photos
A 2 day hack event held at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds. It brought together, developers, designers and cultural organisations to explore new ways of working and the exciting possibilities presented by cultural data.
….Not to mention all of the other stuff such as meetups here and there plus meetups with Newcastle PhotoWalk.