Institute of Making sponsors Electromagnetic Field Makers’ camp

2 August 2012

The site, just waiting for the addition of hackers, electro-luminescent wire, geeks, wool, scientists, beer, engineers, Arduinos, artists, robots, crafters, and curiosity.*

Unsuspecting Milton Keynes will soon be hosting the UK’s first making and hacking camp, Electromagnetic Field, with the aid of sponsorship from UCL Institute of Making.

From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September, Electromagnetic Field will welcome hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, and crafters for three days of workshops and talks. Anyone with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things can find a home there, and it’s just those groups that the Institute of Making exists to support, through research into materials and making, as well as the physical resources of the Materials Library and MakeSpace currently being built within UCL Engineering.

The sponsorship of the Institute of Making will allow every attendee at the camp to be issued with a custom-designed, wireless-communicable badge codenamed ‘TiLDA’ hackable by its wearer and also used to run games based on campers’ real-life interactions. Classes will be given at the camp on how to mess with the badge, but this is just one of many things attendees can make or do while there. Read more about TiLDA on the EMF Camp blog.

Jonty Wareing, one of the EMF Camp organisers, said:

“It’s great to see a university like UCL engaging with hacking and making culture, which is emerging world-wide as a way for people to teach and empower themselves. We sincerely promise that the badges we make will be as awesome as possible, and hope to see many UCL attendees and speakers over the weekend.”

A mixed programme of scheduled talks and workshops on everything from genetic modification to electronicsblacksmithing to high-energy physicsreverse engineering to lock pickingcrocheting to carpentry, and quadcopters to beer brewing, leaving plenty of room for spontaneous sessions and people inspire to talk on the day. All skill levels are welcome and will find like-minded people to talk to and bounce ideas off.

Anyone interested in 3D printing, DIYBio, knitting, electronics, Internet culture, space, lockpicking, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, mind hacking, radio, or any of the other many interests which are sure to bob up when you get this many curious minds together can find more details about the festival at the Electromagnetic Field website or EMF wiki. A limited number of UCL staff and students can receive a £10 discount on weekend tickets (normally £95) when they book through this link.

* Not an exhaustive list

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