Hacklands 2015 - Get Involved

WHAT: Hacklands is a new hackathon and festival happening on a farm on the border of Kent and Surrey. Tickets are on sale now at http://hacklands.eventbrite.co.uk

WHEN: From 5pm on Friday 14 August to 5pm on Sunday 16 August.

AUDIENCE: We welcome adults and children. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult. You do not have to be a developer to come. We will have sessions and space for both developers and non-developers.

TELL ME MORE: It is a community oriented festival where we will combine elements of a hackathon (you can code and build stuff), an unconference (you can talk about stuff) and a festival (you can chill at our campfire by our stone circle, camp under the stars, talk until the wee hours and enjoy the music.

We actively encourage you to get involved.

WHAT'S ON: We have several areas available to use for unconference sessions, workshops or hacking. There are undercover spaces, tented areas and outdoor spaces. There's wifi across the site (even the fields) and part of the farm is solar powered. We have some flat concrete floors which will be particular good for playing around with robots. We have room for camping and plenty space for parking. We can look after 100 people comfortably, maybe more if there's the interest.

*Themes - some ideas to get you thinking*

Agriculture - we're at a smart farm, so we're interested in experimenting more with data, hardware and software that is, or could be, useful to the farming sector.

Rural communities - we're interested in understanding the future of rural communities in the context of technology advances
Artificial Intelligence - What is it, how can we use it, why do we need it? We will have LIDOR data available and we will have eCows too.

Coder dojo - get children coding. They can get stuck into this on the farm.

Hardware - we have some good space for both small-scale and larger-scale hardware builds. What do you want to build? Can you bring the tools with you? What do you need to make it happen?

LTE - what can you do if you could get your hands on a live LTE network to play with for the weekend?

Art - what's the cross over between technology and art? Want to make some art at the farm? Have some art or craft activities that you'd like to share with adults or children that can be done in one of our tented or outdoor spaces?

Music and performance - do you play an instrument? Do you sing? Do you perform? Do you DJ? Bring your instrument and your talent with you and tell us about it. You could join a jam session or get a performance slot on Saturday night.

TIMING & ROUGH AGENDA: If you have a camping ticket, you can arrive from 5pm on Friday to set up your tent, take a walk in the woods, relax and settle in. On Saturday, our sessions will start from 10am and go on until early evening. Lunch will be provided (buffet style - vegetarians and vegans can be catered for). In the evening we'll have dinner together and there'll be some entertainment. On Sunday, we'll have sessions in the morning between 10am and 1pm. After lunch, we'll see what the hackers have been up to with a show and tell session. Those who have been involved in the talking and discussion sessions are free to share what they've been up to as well. We'll have a quick camp tidy up after that and leave the farm at tea-time.

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