Over the Air

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Over the Air
Status active
Genre Hackathon
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Imperial College London, Kensington, London, United Kingdom, Bletchley_Park, St_John_the_Baptist,_Hoxton
Coordinates 51°29′56″N 0°10′30″W / 51.4988°N 0.1749°W / 51.4988; -0.1749Coordinates: 51°29′56″N 0°10′30″W / 51.4988°N 0.1749°W / 51.4988; -0.1749
Years active 2008–2016
Inaugurated 4–5 April 2008 (2008-04-05)
Most recent 25–26 November 2016 (2016-11-26)

Over the Air is an annual mobile technology-focused overnight hack day event held in London since 2008.[1] It developed from previous hack day events in 2007 and 2008. The 2011 version of Over the Air was part of the 2011 London Mobile Week.[2][3]

From 2008 to 2010, the event was held at Imperial College in South Kensington.[4][5][6][7] From 2011 to 2013, it was held at Bletchley Park.[8] There was no Over the Air event in 2014.

In 2015, the event was held at St_John_the_Baptist,_Hoxton; on the 25th and 26th of September. It featured one of the first workshop sessions [9] for the Micro_Bit; along with the usual hackathon and lightning talks. The 8th (and final) event was also St. John's, on the 25th and 26th of November 2016.

The ethos of Over the Air is simple[10] — a 2 day event, including practical and educational talks and a hacking competition. Sponsors of the event have included the BBC,[5] Bluevia,[11] Nokia,[12] PayPal,[13] and Vodafone.[14] Some of the ideas developed at Over the Air have been turned into commercial services.[8]


  1. ^ Kiss, Jemima (3 April 2008). "Mobile developers gather for London festival". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ LondonMobileWeek. "Mobile Content for Everybody". LondonMobileWeek. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  3. ^ BlueVia (2011-09-22). "London to become the mobile centre of the world – for a week". the Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  4. ^ Smith, Colin (10 April 2008). "Over the Air: Imperial College hosts a leading technology festival". Imperial College London. 
  5. ^ a b Matthew Postgate (2008-04-10). "Over The Air: Mobile Going Mainstream". BBC. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  6. ^ Spence, Ewan (2009-10-30). "How to hack a handset". BBC. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Over The Air 2010 – one man's summary for the wider mobile industry". thefonecast.com. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  8. ^ a b "Hackers Get Hired At Bletchley Park". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Young Hackers explore the BBC Micro:bit". Forbes. 2015-09-28. 
  10. ^ "What is Over The Air". YouTube. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  11. ^ "Over the Air". Blog.bluevia.com. 2011-09-22. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  12. ^ "nokia « Over the Air". Overtheair.org. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  13. ^ "Over the Air : All New Musings". Ewanspence.com. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  14. ^ "Vodafone are a Sponsor of OTA11 « Over the Air". Overtheair.org. Retrieved 2011-10-05. 

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