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BarCamb 1: the first Barcamp in Cambridge, UK.

Friday 24th August, 2007


UPDATE: Barcamb 2 is coming! Friday 1st August, 2008


The very first Barcamp in Cambridge is taking place on August 24th. All are invited to join us at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute for a day of discussions, demos, and interaction focused on science and technology.


The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is one of the leading genomics centres in the world, dedicated to analysing and understanding genomes. Through large-scale analysis - and focused research and collaborations - the Sanger Institute's programmes underpin biological and medical research worldwide.


The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus houses the Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute. It is the home of many diverse genomic and informatics projects, including large scale sequencing, Ensembl, UniProt and human genomic analysis.


50 people have signed up to attend the inaugural Barcamp! We're now full to capacity and so registration is closed, but feel free to take a look at our Upcoming page anyway. For all those who have signed up: we're very much looking forward to meeting you - feel free to add the title of your proposed session here.


Arriving on Friday

BarCamp Cambridge is still good to go for Friday: we very much look forward to welcoming you all to the Sanger Institute.


On arrival, you'll need to check in with security. They are located in the visitor's building on the left as you arrive at the Genome Campus, Hinxton. Once on campus, we'll meet for coffee and to arrange the talks for the day at 9.30am in the Cairns Pavillion. Maps of the campus are available from security - but we'll also have some signs up directing you to the right place.


After coffee, we'll get started with some talks which will be held in the Sulston Laboratories and the Morgan Building of the Sanger Institute. Again, our available rooms will be well signposted.


There is ample parking on campus: please use car park A.


Details about getting here are available on the Sanger web site.




Anyone who has not done so, if you could send me you full name I'll make sure that security are expecting you. You can contact me on: matt.wood at sanger.ac.uk.


Proposed sessions

  • 30 Minutes with Ruby on Rails, Matt Wood, WTSI
  • Semantic science: a guide to microformats, Matt Wood, WTSI
  • Getting more out of social tagging systems for science, Ian Mulvany, Nature
  • Creating "Papers", rapid development of great applications using Cocoa on MacOSX, Alexander Griekspoor (EBI), mekentosj.com
  • 5 minutes introduction to MacResearch.org and SciComp@Camb user groups (not a full session). Alexander Griekspoor (EBI).
  • Home Awareness & open innovation, Laura James, AlertMe.com
  • HTML 5 and the future of markup on the web, James Graham
  • Rapid Prototyping stuff with microcontrollers, Simon Ford
  • Text mining for science (or chemistry, at least), Peter Corbett
  • Multilingual programming - Mixing programming languages, Lars GT Jorgensen, WTSI
  • Making multiuser PCs easy and affordable for all - Quentin & Michael from ndiyo.org
  • Bioinformatics: the infrastructure for understanding the genome - Paul Flicek, EBI
  • Managing thousands of human genome sequences - Paul Flicek, EBI
  • Drupal - 6,000 blade penknife of web content management - Jeff Veit from Tanasity



The venue of the first Barcamp in Cambridge will help provide focus for the meeting. Attendees are invited to talk, demonstrate and discuss topics at the interface between science and technology. This encompasses, but is not limited to areas such as computer science, laboratory science and information management, informatics, open source in science, computational chemistry, mathematical biology and the web.



Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton

Cambridge, England

CB10 1SA


(52° 9' 15 N, 0° 8' 29 E)


Travel directions or a map



Breakfast at 8.30am, with the action starting at 9.30am. We'll aim to wrap up by about 5.00pm.


  • 8.30 am: Breakfast in Murray's Restaurant
  • 9.30 am: Welcome and session suggestions
  • 10.00 am: First session
  • 10.30 am: Second session
  • 11.00 am: Coffee
  • 11.30 am: Third session
  • 12.00 pm: Fourth session
  • 12.30 pm: Fifth session
  • 1.00 pm: Lunch in the Morgan Building
  • 2.00 pm: Sixth session
  • 2.30 pm: Seventh session
  • 3.00 pm: Eighth session
  • 3.30 pm: Coffee
  • 4.00 pm: Ninth session
  • 4.30 pm: Tenth session
  • 5.00 pm Close


Sessions will take place in the Sulston Laboratories.



Refreshments and lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Wellcome Trust.



We have two rooms to use as we wish, so we can have two concurrent tracks of talks and demos. There is space for about 50 attendees.


Spotlight on Science

The Sanger Institute's communication and public engagement team are looking to make Barcamb a 'spotlight on science' event. As such, they will be roving around the conference conducting a few interviews and capturing the event in pictures. This is now available on: http://www.yourgenome.org/feature/barcamb/ . The Cambridge Evening News have also expressed an interest in the event, and will be sending along a photographer.



Data projectors, white boards and flip pads are available in both rooms.


Join us

Registration for Barcamp is now closed!



More info

If you have any questions or comments, just drop an email to barcamb@googlemail.com



      • Link ***

Hardware/Software Hacking: Joining the Real and the Virtual


Home Awareness shameless plug :) there's hardly any info on www.alertme.com as yet so email Laura at alertme.com or post in my unofficial tangler room at http://www.tangler.com/group/11968/


mbed - Rapid Prototyping with Microcontrollers




For anyone that is interested in my stuff with microcontrollers, i've got a (currently private) google group at http://groups.google.com/group/mbed so just request approval to join and mention barcamb and you can keep tabs or even get involved and trial it ;) Or you can always just email me: simon.ford@mookstar.co.uk






For any of you that like barcamp-style things, but also "doing" stuff, i'm starting to do an occasional "club" for people wanting to get together to hack on their pet hardware/software/web project around others. Should usually involve an afternoon of beer, bbq, chatting and creating cool stuff. See more at http://superhappydevclub.org. For any eager beavers I've got a couple of people coming over tomorrow (Sat 24th Aug) so email if you want to join us (simon.ford@mookstar.co.uk), else join the SHDC google group for notification of the next one which will be sometime early october. Bye!






You can read more about Ndiyo on our site. There's a blog and a mailing list there. The core technology used in the Ndiyo project was created by the first company that grew out of it - DisplayLink. Their chips can be found in a variety of devices, such as the Samsung 940UX monitors we were showing. We didn't talk much about our latest attempt to commercialise some of our work, which you can find at Cambridge Visual Networks.


    • Social Bookmarking For Science


I've uploaded the slides to slideshare, and you can see the raw notes that I took during some of the talks here. I've also tagged a few pictures on flickr with barcamb. You can see many of the examples that I was talking about at ConnoteaTools.





    • mekentosj.com - creating Papers


I too have uploaded the slides to slideshare, as well as the little plug for the two communities I'm involved in: MacResearch.org and Scicomp@Cam.



    • Barcamb@Nascent


Don't forget to check out Ian's excellent write up of the meeting on Nature's Nascent blog.



    • Similar Event in Cambridge


If you enjoyed barCamb as much as I did, then you may be interested in a similar event in Cambridge partly inspired by barCamb and being planned for November. See Cambridge Hi-Tech Association of Small Enterprises - CHASE.

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