OSHCamp, 14-15th September, Hebden Bridge.


Open Source Hardware Camp will once again be taking place in Hebden
Bridge in September, but this year as part of a larger technology
conference called Wuthering Bytes.

Tickets will permit entry to all Wuthering Bytes sessions, the
complete programme for which will go up on:


We have a slightly larger venue than last year, but given that there
will be around 18 talks and some pretty great speakers lined up,
demand is likely to be high and early booking highly recommended (we
sold out last year).

Non-hardware related WB sessions include talks from Blaine Cook (Poetica
co-founder, ex-Twitter engineering lead and co-author of OAuth), Mike
Little (Wordpress co-founder) and Paul Downey (GOV.UK technical architect).

Details of the OSHUG talks are below (further info to be added and one more
to be confirmed). There will also be a FUNcube satellite workshop (details
to be added!)



Open Source Hardware Camp 2013

14th September 2013, 09:00 Saturday morning - 16:00 on the Sunday
afternoon at Hebden Bridge Town Hall,St. George’s Street, Hebden
Bridge, HX7 7BY

— Registration: http://oshug.org/event/oshcamp2013

Sponsored by: DesignSpark - http://www.designspark.com

Hebden Bridge is approximately 1 hour by rail from Leeds and
Manchester. Budget accommodation is available at theHebden Bridge
Hostel, with private rooms available and discounts for group bookings.
Details of other local accommodation can be found at

—— Saturday Talks

  • The Importance of Mini Makers

14 year old Amy Mather discusses why the maker culture is so important
to the younger generation and introduces us to her idea of a Mini Mini
Maker Faire, where only under 18’s would be able to exhibit their

Amy Mather, a.k.a. MiniGirlGeek, has been making and coding for 18
months with the guidance and support of the community that she found
at Manchester’s MadLab and hackspace. Amy was the closing keynote
speaker at the world’s first Raspberry Jamboree event, speaking
alongside Professor Steve Furber and Pete Lomas of the Raspberry Pi
foundation. Amy also presented at the inaugural event RSA FutureMaker
event at London’s Somerset House, where she also ran a workshop
introducing attendees to the world of sewable electronics.

  • The Good (Zigbee), The Bad (ZWave) and The Ugly (SWAP): panStamp an
    Arduino-based open platform for smart homes and telecare

There has recently been a lot of buzz about the Internet of Things
(IoT), but actually the concept and most of the technology was
developed as far back as 1975 with X10, followed by Modbus in 1979,
then Zigbee and ZWave around 2005, and more recently 6LowPan.

The availability of low cost devices in combination with cloud
services for data storage, sharing and visualization are giving
powerful tools in the hand of the developer community. The euphoria
generated by the increasing community of smart home developers is
counterbalanced by questionable business practices.

As a solution we developed an RF protocol and a hardware platform
which is open source and based on the Arduino project for ease of use.
The platform comes with a full application stack that allows event
based processing, rule based operations and support cloud platform for
data sharing.

Dr Paolo Di Prodi co-founded Robomotic in 2009 during his PhD in
artificial intelligence at Glasgow University. He became director and
started to work full time in 2011 when he was awarded a fellowship
from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Paolo is a software and automation engineer by formation and become
interested in the application of robotic principles in telecare and
telehealth since his undergraduates studies. He decided to start
Robomotic to fulfil his vision of applying robotics for improving
assisted living.

  • The @ShrimpingIt Manifesto

Electronics engineers find it trivial to build an Arduino-compatible
circuit on a breadboard using components which are just one tenth the
cost of an official Arduino board. The @ShrimpingIt project curates
open resources and projects so that everyone can progress their
prototyping with simple components and materials, just like the
experts. The approach delivers a whole host of benefits for those
learning to prototype - not just saving money.

We’ll be introducing the project, sharing the choicest cuts from our
year’s experience running it, and featuring lots of the great spin-off
projects people have built on our work. The @ShrimpingIt manifesto
combines insights from open design and community engagement, arriving
at a challenging standpoint of how beginner microcontroller projects
should be designed, presented and taught for a better tomorrow.

Cefn Hoile sculpts open source hardware and software, and supports
others doing the same. Drawing on ten years of experience in R&D for a
multinational technology company, he works as a public domain
inventor, and an innovation catalyst and architect of bespoke digital
installations and prototypes, working most recently with Tinker.it,
BT, the BBC, EDF, Nokia.

Cefn is a founder-member of the Curiosity Collective digital arts
group, and a regular contributor to open source projects and
not-for-profits. He is currently completing a PhD in Digital
Innovation at Highwire, University of Lancaster.

  • White Space — Connect all the Things!

White space spectrum may hold the key for wide-area sensor networks.
Find out how we can all enable the Internet of Things with this new

Ben Ward is founder of Love Hz, promoting the use of white space
spectrum for open innovation in the Internet of Things. A survivor of
the dotcom bubble, subsea bandwidth glut and the UK broadband wars,
he’s still surprisingly optimistic about the future.

  • Introduction to Robot Operating System

Robot Operating System (ROS) is an open source modular robot
middleware. It is used in many many Universities and research projects
around the world, and is starting to move into industry as well.

This talk will provide an introduction to ROS, explaining what it is,
how it works and some of the things it can do. There will also be a
practical demonstration of a robot running ROS.

Nick Weldin initiated the first public Arduino course in the UK in
2005, because he didn’t want to program PIC chips on the accounts
computer at work after everyone else had gone home any more, and he
couldn’t get his boss to send him to the Arduino course that was
running in Spain. When Tinker London started up he joined them and ran
courses teaching Arduino wherever anyone was interested. He is
co-author of the Arduino Cookbook and now works for Middlesex

  • Risking a Compuserve of Things

More and more companies are staking a claim to be the platform for the
Internet of Things. Should we be aiming for a more open Internet of
Things? Is the platform for the Internet of Things not just the
Internet? Adrian McEwen will be exploring some of the challenges in
implementing the Internet of Things and suggesting ways to improve
collaboration and interoperability.

Adrian McEwen has been connecting odd things to the Internet since the
mid-90s. Starting with cash registers, and then as part of the team
who were first to put a web browser onto a mobile phone. For the past
five years he’s been working with the Internet of Things.

Adrian founded MCQN Ltd, an IoT consultancy and product company, which
is based in DoES Liverpool - a hybrid makerspace and office, which he
set up with some friends. He’s putting the finishing touches to a book
— Designing the Internet of Things — and also working as CTO of
start-up Good Night Lamp.

  • Measuring Energy Consumption in Embedded Systems

Talk details TBC.

James Pallister is a graduate of the University of Bristol, where he
achieved joint First Class Honours in Computer Science and
Electronics. During the summer of 2012, he led Embecosm’s research
program into the impact of compilers on energy consumption in embedded
systems, which was a development of James’ work at the University of
Bristol with the XMOS multi-core processor.

James returned to Bristol in October 2012, where he is studying for a
PhD in low-power multi-core system design. He remains a Technical
Advisor to Embecosm.

  • Polling is for Wimps — Asynchronous Communications for the Internet of

They say that, if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks
like a screw. Don’t get me wrong, I love REST. It’s great for posting
data and one-off access. However, REST is not a good way for IoT
actuators to get their instructions from a controlling system. aul
will discuss his experiences with Sockets, XMPP and MQTT. One of which
will usually be a good solution for most implementations.

In each case arguments for and against will be presented, in the
context of systems that must operate in near real time with low power
budgets. Relevant open source technologies will be referenced. For a
case example we’ll use the MQTT system that Paul and Adrian Godwin
have been building for an experimental, thermally-efficient new build

Paul Tanner is a consultant, developer and maker in wood, metal,
plastic, electronics and software. His day job is IT-based business
improvement for SMEs. By night he turns energy nut, creating tools to
optimise energy use. Paul graduated in electronics and was responsible
for hardware and software product development and customer services in
several product and service start-ups, switching to consulting in

  • A Basic Introduction to Interfacing for the Hardware Curious

So you’ve got a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone and now you want to connect
some hardware to it. You know basically what you want to do but you’re
are feeling a little bit lost in the jargon. What is a GPIO pin? What
is an SPI or I2C bus? What is a shift register? How do I get more
outputs than I have pins? How do chose the resistor for an LED? How do
I read the value of a push switch? What does 3.3V tolerant mean?

This talk will look at the basics of hardware interfacing. It will
describe the basics of the interfaces typical of embedded systems and
how to approach programming them. It will discuss some very basic
electronics theory that will be useful to the beginner hardware
hacker. Finally it will give pointers as to where to look for further

Melanie Rhianna Lewis started a life long love of electronics as a
child when her Dad helped her make a “crystal” radio with an ear
piece, a coil of wire, a diode and a radiator! At the same time the
home computer revolution started and she would lust after the “build
your own computers” advertised in the electronics magazines of the
time. She never got one but did end up the proud owner of a BBC Micro.
Melanie learnt everything she could about the machine and including
assembler, operating systems, drivers, interrupt, and, thanks to the
circuit diagram in the Advanced User Guide, digital electronics. After
the BBC Micro came the Acorn Archimedes and so started a long
relationship with ARM processors. In the 90s Melanie became interested
in Linux and then developed one of the first ARM Linux distributions
running on an Acorn RISC PC. The hobby became a job and Melanie
currently works for an embedded device consultancy near Bradford where
a lot of her work is still with ARM processors.

  • Compered by:

Gareth Halfacree is a freelance technology journalist and the
co-author of the Raspberry Pi User Guide, alongside project co-founder
Eben Upton. He also writes the maker-centric Hobby Tech column for
Custom PC Magazine, as well as numerous features in magazines
including PC Pro, Linux User & Developer, Micro Mart, Computeractive
and others.

Formerly a system administrator working in the education sector,
Gareth’s passion for open source projects has followed him from one
career to another and he can often be seen reviewing, documenting or
even contributing to projects including GNU/Linux, LibreOffice,
Fritzing and Arduino. He is also the creator of the Sleepduino and
Burnduino open hardware projects and numerous small software tools,
all released under permissive licences.

—— Sunday Workshops

Please feel free to bring along equipment and components provided that
you are able to take full responsibility for your own personal safety
and that of others. Common sense should be exercised!

  • M2M with MQTT

Following on from the talk on asynchronous communications this session
will provide the opportunity for people to get their hands dirty with

We will have an installation of the Mosquitto micro-broker and a rules
engine running on a Raspberry Pi. Dale Lane’s MQTT client for Arduino
is available, as are other implementations for low-power platforms.

Run by: Paul Tanner.

  • Practical panStamp

This workshop will take participants through the process of
programming a panStamp sensor board, and then setting up Lagarto open
automation platform on a Raspberry Pi. Exercises will include pushing
sensor data to the cloud and configuring the sending of alarms.

Run by: Dr Paolo Di Prodi.

  • Persistence-of-vision with ShrimpingIt

Participants will create a persistence-of-vision project based around
the Arduino-compatible, Shrimp. The perfect workshop for the hardware
curious and crossover coders!

Dr Jeremy Bennett is the founder of Embecosm, and an expert on
hardware modelling and embedded software development. Prior to
founding Embecosm, Dr Bennett was Vice President of ARC International
PLC and previously Vice President of Marconi PLC.

Simon Cook has a background in low-power processors, with a particular
focus on the energy constraints of code running in embedded
environments. He works for embedded systems consultancy, Embecosm,
where he provides support for their work on low level binutils for
both GNU and LLVM toolchains.

  • Profiling Energy Consumption in Embedded Applications

Learn how to profile energy consumption in embedded applications, and
have your Arduino or Raspberry Pi application energy consumption
profiled. Further details TBC!

Run by: JamesPallister.

Soldering is Easy: Assembling the OSHCamp Kit

Workshop details TBC!


  • This year there are separate tickets for the Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tickets will permit entry to all Wuthering Bytes sessions and not
    just OSHUG ones.
  • A light lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days. Please
    ensure that you make any dietary requirements clear when registering.
  • Please aim to arrive between 09:30 and 09:45 on the Saturday as the
    event will start at 10:00 prompt.

— Registration: http://oshug.org/event/oshcamp2013