Electromagnetic Field (festival)

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Electromagnetic Field
Electromagnetic Field 2014 at night.jpg
Electromagnetic Field 2014 at Night
Status active
Dates August/September
Begins August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
Ends September 2, 2018 (2018-09-02)
Frequency Bi-annually
Country England
Inaugurated August 2012 (2012-08)
Founder Jonty Wareing, Russ Garrett
Most recent August-September 2018
Participants 2500
Website emfcamp.org

Electromagnetic Field (also known as EMF, or EMF Camp) is a camping festival in the UK, held every two years, for hackers, geeks, engineers and scientists.[1] It features talks and workshops covering a wide variety of topics.[2] EMF is a non-profit event run entirely by a team of volunteers.[3]

Attendees of EMF receive an electronic conference badge, funded by sponsorship, which in 2014 included an LCD screen, Arduino-compatible microcontroller, and a radio transceiver. [4]


Overhead view of Electromagnetic Field 2012

The first Electromagnetic Field event was held in 2012 at Pineham Park, near Milton Keynes, and completely sold out a 499-person capacity. Each tent at EMF 2012 was provided with power and the internet, via a 2.5 km direct microwave link to a data centre[5] which provided 370 Mbit/s[6] to the campsite. Over 50 speakers gave talks, including Ben Goldacre. [7]

In 2013, a smaller interim one-day event called Electromagnetic Wave was held in London on board the MS Stubnitz.[8]

The main event was held again in 2014 at Hounslow Hall Estate, again near Milton Keynes. Over 1,200 tickets were sold.[9] As with the 2012 event, internet was provided by a direct microwave link which provided 436 Mbit/s.[10] The entire event had over 100 talks, workshops and events with a separate track for children. Notable speakers included Tom Watson MP and Simon Singh. [11] In addition there were 45 'villages'[12] that ran their own workshops and events including silver smithing, wood turning and making stroopwafels.

Electromagnetic Field 2016 was held on August 5-7, 2016 at Loseley Park, Guildford[13] with an attendance of over 1,600. The 1 Gbit/s internet connection was provided by fibre, and the on-site network had a 10 Gbit/s backbone.[14]

Electromagnetic Field 2018 was held on August 31-September 2, 2018[15] at Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire.[16]. The attendance was 2,500.

Synchronization with other events[edit]

In the years when Electromagnetic Field does not occur, Chaos Communication Camp (in Germany) and one of the Hack-Tic hacker events (in the Netherlands) occur alternately.


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Coordinates: 52°02′20″N 2°22′37″W / 52.039°N 2.377°W / 52.039; -2.377