Now that I’ve finally caught up on my sleep I thought I’d write up my experience of Campus Party Europe at the o2 where I’ve been for the whole of last week representing Microsoft.
So Campus Party is…
“An annual week long, 24-hours-a-day technology festival where thousands of “Campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and technophiles), equipped with laptops, camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment“.
This year in London at the amazing o2 arena where the festival features over 500 hours of talks, debates, workshops, competitions and hackathons related to science, innovation, digital entertainment and creativity.
Yes you read that right, “camp on site” below is a picture of my home for a week. 1 of 2000 tents erected in the David Beckham football centre 10 minute walk away from the O2. You’d think it was good been indoors but the smell sometimes said otherwise.
It was the ambassadors and interns jobs to man the Micorsoft stand for the week and give demos and show off the hardware, software and the Xbox One!!
I volunteered for the game development stand and was demoing unity for the week and the new visual studio plugin with integrates everything we love about visual studio into unity. All this on a surface pro (the middle one) as well as demoing Windows 8 on the RT’s provided to us (see my pretty unicorn picture)
I was so surprised how many people have never used Unity before and even more by the amount of people who had never even heard of it or of the current competition when making windows 8 and windows phone 8 games in unity. Up to $30,000 can be won. http://unity3d.com/contest/windows
My shifts covered 9am – 4pm everyday so I had a lot of time to check out what the rest of the festival had to offer such as talks in the arena itself about digital confidence. Hull Uni’s very own Rob Miles gave a talk about Windows Phone development too. There was so much to see and do at the workshops too and got to watch some cool case modding as well as an RT get modded with a fallout theme.
It was a pretty amazing week, and I worked with some really awesome people. I became an honorary Lithuania one of the evenings (I doubt I’ll ever see those photos now) and witnessed an awesome German drinking game which we named Mugabe Ball (long story). As well as realising how mental Spaniards are in the early hours. All the days seemed to merge into one with the lack of sleep but it’s all cool because we were informed we got to keep our Surface RT’s and 920’s on the final day. A nice little birthday gift. Hopefully I’ll be taking part again next year.
Many thanks to the Microsoft and Momentum guys for the week, it was awesome!