HomeCamp '08

Today was the first homecamp - “an unconference about using technology to monitor and automate the home for greener resource use and to save costs”.

Whilst I hadn’t entirely planned to, I found myself stood up front leading a couple sessions; one on what I’ve been doing with arduino and one a brief overview of what MQTT is.

As the wireless was only staying up for 30 minutes at a time, my arduino talk is split over a couple UStream videos. I come in at about 22:40 of this first one…

…and the rest is here with only a small gap missing between them.

Here’s the brief piece I did on all things MQTT, RSMB and MicroBroker. You should listen to Chris talk about his SketchUp plugin for Pachube at the start of the video, or you can skip to me at 14:20.

The rest of the videos are worth watching - they can be found on the homecamp ustream page.

Here are the slides I was using for the arduino talk. I will add some notes to them over the next couple days, so be sure to check back on slideshare.

Arduino Home Automation Hacks from Nicholas O'Leary

One other contribution I made to the day was winning the race to respond to Andy’s request for a homecamp logo. You can see my effort at the top of this post as well as on the official homecamp friendfeed room. Since then, @ribot has produced this decidedly more shiny one.

Today was a lot of fun with plenty of interesting and inspiring conversations. A big thank you and well done to Chris and Dale for putting this together so quickly. I look forward to HomeCamp ‘09.