Electromagnetic Field 2012 Call for Participation

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Martin Dittus

May 17, 2012, 4:48:54 PM5/17/12
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Hey all,

Members of the London Hackspace and other groups are organising a large UK camping festival later this Summer: Electromagnetic Field 2012. Some initial thoughts on it are at:

We are now searching for contributors to give talks, workshops, and performances. We're also inviting communities to participate by forming camp villages, building installations, etc.

More details on ticket sales will follow soon: follow @emfcamp for updates.

Please get in touch if you have any questions :)

Martin Dittus



About the Event

Electromagnetic Field 2012 is a three-day camping festival in the UK for people with an inquisitive mind and an interest in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts, or crafts. It will be a cross between a tech conference and a music festival, with talks and workshops on a wide range of subjects. A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, to learn, to teach, to play, and have a drink with a stranger. A festival for anyone interested in 3D printing, DIYBio, textiles, electronics, Internet culture, music hacking, space, lockpicking, homebrewing, computer security, robots, UAVs, mind hacking, radio, and pretty much anything else you can think of... in a field!



A 1h presentation about a topic in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts, or crafts. The allocated time includes Q&A, setup, and teardown.


A 1h, 2h, or 3h workshop involving practices in science, engineering, DIY, technology, arts, or crafts. The allocated time includes setup and teardown.

We hope to have enough desk space and chairs for everyone, but details are yet to be determined. If you prefer to hold open-ended workshops then we encourage you to start or join a village: see below for details.


Musical performances, DJ sets, artistic performances, general evening entertainment, ... 

We will provide a stage area in a tent and a basic PA.

Villages are dedicated camping areas for particular groups, with shared access to power and Internet. You can form a village for your local hackerspace, art form, project, or any other community. This makes it easier for people to get to know each other and encourages collaboration while at the festival, be it for cooking sessions or to build ambitious installations.

Villages are not planned through our submissions system. Instead you can register your village here:

You may also be interested in our mailing list and IRC channel:

Venue Details

EMF 2012 is a camping festival in a field. The venue is Pineham Park, near Milton Keynes in the UK.

We plan to have two event tents with an audience capacity of about 100 each, both with access to power and Internet, each with a projector, and at least one of the tents will have a PA for larger presentations. We also aim to have camp-wide wifi, and ethernet ports in key locations.

We will attempt to stream the talks and performances and publish the recordings after the event.

Budget and Travel expenses

The EMF camp is a non-profit event produced entirely by volunteers, and speakers are not paid. Unfortunately we can not subsidise your entry ticket, and we do not have a travel budget for contributors either; due to the nature of the event we expect that everyone pays. We may be able to make a few very rare exceptions, but don't count on it.

Dates and Deadlines

The deadline for submission is Friday 29 June 2012, 23:59 UTC. Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail as early as possible, but on Friday 13 July 2012 the latest.

Electromagnetic Field 2012 is held between Friday 31 August and Sunday 2 September 2012.


All proposals for talks, workshops and performances must be submitted online using our submission system at http://pentabarf.emfcamp.org/submission/EMF2012. Please follow the instructions, and state if you have special requirements besides the basics mentioned there. If you have any questions regarding your submission you can contact us at eve...@emfcamp.org

For more details about the event in general see our wiki at http://wiki.emfcamp.org

Please note that much of this may be subject to changes, in which case we will make corresponding announcements. To stay up do date follow @emfcamp, or have a look at our mailing list and IRC channel: http://wiki.emfcamp.org/wiki/Contact.
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