EMF Camp 2020

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Event Info

Date Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th, 2020
Location Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Ledbury
Ticket Prices Full Camp Ticket £140, Under-18 £55, Under-12 £0
Parking £18, Caravan/Campervan £45
Full list here
Official EMF org links https://www.emfcamp.org/
Availability https://www.emfcamp.org/tickets

Saturday 14 March at 11:00 GMT Thursday 2 April at 21:00 BST (UTC+1)

Other info EMF Wiki, EMF-specific FAQs
Pay it forward ticket EMF 2020 Ticket Pledge
EMF Village Pledge EMF 2020 Village Pledge


Every year, we go as a big group and set up the Nottingham Hackspace village. We offer something to EMF attendees (EMF2016 we brought BarBot, Snackspace and Fire Pong) in a canvas tent if possible. There is obviously a cost to this.

If you are interested in joining the village for 2020, please fill in the table below. There is the opportunity for shared transport and to help pay the cost for the village (costs tbc).

We are also trying for 2020 a "pay it forward" ticket pledge drive - so there may be an opportunity to come on a free ticket that members of the Hackspace pledge towards - the trustees will organise the raffle if we get a ticket secured. See the

Food is available on the site not necessitating a shared meal/BBQ stuff for this year. Snackspace will be run however for snacks!

We are also doing a EMF 2020 Village Pledge to help fund the marquee, tables, chairs and core things for EMF.

Name Ticket Bought Transport Going On Returning On Notes
Andrew Armstrong Will be Car Setup Teardown
'RepRap' Matt Yes Other Way before anyone else Some time after everyone else Will be with EMF Orga
Iain Sharp Yes Camper TBD TBD
Matt Little Yes TBD TBD TBD
Dan Spencer Yes TBD TBD TBD
Martin Richter Yes TBD TBD TBD
Samathy Barrett Yes TBD TBD TBD
Alex Roberts Yes TBD TBD TBD
James Spence Yes TBD TBD TBD
Dominic Morrow Yes TBD TBD TBD Not camping, staying off site.
Gareth Howell No TBD TBD TBD
Steve Barnett Yes TBD TBD TBD
Mike Haber Yes car TBD TBD
Francis Haber Yes ^ his dads car TBD TBD Under 18
Michael Erskine Yes car TBD TBD away for Wonkfest all Saturday
Julian Best Yes TBD TBD TBD


This is a list of vehicles traveling to EMF 2020. Please update as necessary including any room you have for passengers and stuff.

Vehicle Driver Going On Returning On Passenger Spaces Room for Stuff? Passengers
Vehicle Driver name Driving there on X Driving back to Nottingham on Y Empty seats Room for stuff Who's going (not inc driver)
Car Andrew Armstrong Setup day (Thursday) Teardown (Monday) Maybe Yes Sapphira Kingfisher, Martin Faraway
Van James Spence Setup day (Thursday) Teardown (Monday) ?? See below
Car Michael Erskine Setup day (Thursday) Teardown (Monday) Maybe prolly not ??
Car Mike Haber Hopefully Setup day (Thursday) Sunday Yes Some (Estate Car) Francis Haber


If we run a full village we will be transporting items down. Here is a sizable list of things the hackspace will be taking. There may be additional room for peoples camping gear depending on size. If people want to offer shared gazebos or anything let us know!

Item Name Owner / Location Transport Notes
Lighting Strips Nottinghack/HS 2.5 Hackspace Transport Required for village tent lighting
Tables Alex Roberts Hackspace Transport We can hire tables too, so may not be necessary.
Card Reader Hackspace / ??? Hackspace Transport Needed for people paying for workshops, paying for snackspace
Soldering Irons and Badgemaking Kits Hackspace / Blue room / Electronics Hackspace Transport Required for badgemaking workshops
Barbot Hackspace / Project Storage Hackspace Transport If barbot works
Barbot consumables Hackspace Hackspace Transport If barbot works. Various alcohol and mixers and little umbrellas etc.
Snackspace Items Hackspace / TBC and brought Hackspace Transport Sweets, possibly something slightly more healthy.


A bunch of us are giving talks and/or doing workshops, because we like to hear the sound of our own voices.

Also we'll be doing Nottinghack village workshops. Note below if you're doing it for the village or generally. The rota for the village will be arranged with those doing the workshops based on their availability so add that if you can.

Talk/Workshop/Event Name Person Nottinghack Village? Time Notes
Badge Making / Soldering Workshops Andrew Armstrong and Samathy Barrett Yes 1 hour - once a day likely on Fri/Sat/Sun, whoever turns up Uses the exiting badge kits and soldering irons in the space, or more advanced stuff Samathy organises
Comics Making / Doodling Gareth Howell (and others?) Yes 1 hour - once a day likely on Fri/Sat/Sun Can do 1 session purely for kids, 1 for adults.
Everything is a keyboard Alex Roberts Yes 1-2 hours 15 people. Costs increase if people are taking them with them
Makey Makey's No one yet - available workshop to run Yes 1-2 hours This is a potential kid-friendly workshop to run
Boomerang workshop Dan Spencer + assitance Yes 1-2 hours Will need assistance - needs sanding paper and coping saw - 10 people at max - costs for wood or cardboard for materials
Macramé workshop Ali Maq Yes 1-2 hours Macramé workshop for doing a fluid holding item (Eg; can or bottle). String and safety pins. 3-4 people. Drop in one or two sessions.
Board Games Andrew Armstrong Yes 3-4 hours Probably late afternoon board game period. May involve D&D for beginners too.
CNC workshop Moop and Dan Yes 1 hour Adults 3 at a time - noisy but can do over an hour and do it continually.
Laser cutter induction Ali Maq Yes 15 minutes a slot 1-2 people, limited amount at a time, Maybe an hour with 15 minute slots. Get a keyring at the end.

Village Contents

List of things people are bringing to display/have used in the tent. Tent size is aiming for 6x9 meters with tables and chairs inside.

Village size estimate for the application; 6x9m for big tent (54m2). 3x3m for fire pit etc. (9m2) 3x5m for van or storage space (15m2). 3x3m per tent on average and 20 or so tents (9m2 x 20 = 180m2). 54 + 9 + 15 + 180 = 258m2

Item Person Description
Stop Motion Gareth Howell and Andrew Armstrong Laptop with iStop Motion - background thing to run on a table. Alex offers to do a button for the laptop to run it. Andrew will bring some Lego to use.
CnC Machine Dan and Moop Engraving names on wood. Kids can even do it.
Laser Cutter Ali and Dominic If Dominic agrees we can borrow the A3 for the weekend, but only if he agrees!
Barbot and fog machine Andrew and others Fog machine is notably a possiblity - is in team storage. Needs refills.
Home woodworking bench, plus vice plus woodworking tools Dan Dn wants a vice, to help with workworking stuff, and other hackspace tools.
Joust Alex Roberts for evening play!
Robot Table Football Moop 2 robots per team, ping pong into the opponents goal. May be able to get laser cut personalised clip on pieces (ala Robot Wars modifications) if we take the laser cutter.
Lighting Installation Samathy and others Laser display boards, lights and so forth.
Banner Need to procure! Mainly a note need to get sorted.

Nottinghack Village Volunteers

We'll probably do a rough rota for the Nottinghack Village and snackspace so it is hopefully manned most of the daytime to show off projects and assist with Snackspace.

Tickets will be available for volunteers who offer 4 hours of time per day for helping in the tent - speak to Andrew for details.

We'd not leave anyone running a workshop alone if at all possible, and if they are we'd otherwise close the tent.

Person Availability (Day, time) Notes
Andrew Armstrong Most times minus workshops being run Will be covering gaps/helping organise
Gareth Howell tbc

What to Bring

Here are some ideas of things you might want to bring with you.

Item Reason
Decent quality long extension lead If you want power to your tent from the centralised power. 20M reel would be recommended to be sure.
4-way extension lead or similar Plugs will be limited, bring to ensure you have enough for your devices
Money Money can buy food and/or beverages
Teacup Having your own teacup you can re-use will help us out
Medication Bring your own pain killers/hangover cures, we do not supply this! First aiders will be on site.
Camping Chairs Chairs have been ordered for village use, bring your own to guarantee a place to sit and for your own tent.
Long Ethernet cable If you want ethernet in your tent
Micro USB cables The EMF badge charges via a micro USB cable and you'll probably want a spare for your phone/kindle/tablet etc.
Torch It gets dark at night
Rubber Mallet To help put up your own tent and others
Drinks There is a bar but you might want to bring spirits or other drinks for yourself.
Snacks To keep your going between meals
Toiletries Stuff to wash with, towels, toothbrush etc.
Raincoat and Wellies It will probably rain at some point and it's in a field
Sun Cream There might be sun at some point and you'll be outdoors
Bug Spray It's near water and some people have tasty blood
Jumpers, Jacket and Hoodies It will be cold at night and you'll be outdoors
Painkillers E.g. Paracetamol/Ibuprofen. Some people get ill, some get hangovers. These are cheap, small and occasionally necessary.


EMF meetings and notes:

Nottinghack Projects

If you're planning to do a project to take to EMF 2020 and might want to collaborate with others or group together for transport etc, please consider adding a page to this section.

Previous EMF Projects

  • Wunderkammer in 2018 setup by Kate in our small village
  • BarBot - Mouse and volunteers ran BarBot. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun too. They needed at least three people during the event and one coordinator/planner pre- and during the event. Mouse has agreed this can be run in 2020 if it's not him doing it (Andrew looking into this)
  • Fire Pong - Nottinghack collaboration resulting in an attraction involving fire, giant ping pong bats and 1-D pong. Enormously popular.


  • MORE NOTTINGHACK FLAGS AND STUFF - big banners, branding!
  • Bring more bottle openers
  • If we keep doing big stuff like snackspace and barbot, may as well just hire a 6x6 tent to have both inside, away from our village kit.
    • Also extra room for storage too.

Ikea Furniture Building Challenge

Dominic suggests: team based Ikea building to a timer.

  • Practice your billy bookcase in advance!
  • Build in the Nottinghack Village
  • Kallax 2x4 to build (would need a few in case they break probably)
  • Only Ikea tools
  • Timed and a high score list


  • We'll need the card reader from the space for this and workshop payments
  • Expanded range; crisps, energy bars, non-fizzy drinks, fruit
  • Overall worked really well
  • Better signage
  • Ensure whatever card payment method we use has its own dedicated gps (to avoid thinking we're in Holland because of the wifi)
    • Cheap/unused android phone as a dedicated device? Frees up the Fire even more then.
  • 2x boxes of cola bottles sold out fast - recommend 3 at least
  • Dedicated fridge for drinks was v successful
  • Hand sanitizer - lots


You can log any software improvements/fixes that might help as issues on github (DanielS).

  • People fucking love some robo-cocktails
  • Better signage - pre-print and laminate some signs with instructions / address at the hackspace
  • HS2.5 Badge rewards for donating worked really well
  • Make sure Kindle Fire is charged!
  • Grenadine gets everywhere
  • Background music on final day worked well
  • Enough lighting to avoid having to use fluorescent lights (fairy lights were good)
    • Cheap RGB strips? Could even wire them up to respond to music
  • Grenadine syringe refill is tedious - "there has to be a better way!" - need to look into this
  • better dasher refill technique needed - there's a hole in the top of each bottle so let's use it!
  • umbrella in every drink - it's the final flourish and the disappointment of the users was evident - could require a wider hi-ball glass or more adjustable brolly dropper
  • cherry conveyor was rarely working - way sticky - needs a teardown and clean and the cherries need rinsing before adding
    • Also something to make the belt a bit grippier - little cocktail stick sections glued on the outside?
  • also the ability to load more cherries (and other consumables) from behind barbot would have a better effect
  • our working layout was spoiling the automation wonder effect - having a human slave carry a glass to the far end of the track - being able to add a glass from the other end and preferably from behind barbot would be better.
    • For 2014 we had the optics end against one tent wall and the 'loading' end free - this is probably the optimal layout for now (unless we change how stuff is loaded)
    • Can umbrella dispenser be hinged? Can be flipped up to load from behind and dropped for dispensing then
  • losing track of the hi-ball glass riser kinda sucked with the flow of operating
    • we discovered both kinds of glass could hold the same amount - maybe just rock it with cocktail glasses?
  • more human slaves required - this is a good money spinner and worth more members available to serve is better
  • one of the mixer taps needs repair and some of the MDF is starting to swell from moisture!
  • some sort of status screen might be good?
    • Taking the number screen again would be great
  • have field on web interface to give a name when ordering - would be so much easier to locate who had what number! - Already implemented and tested on the the last day of EMF 2016