you put smart people in a room and great things happen. Put smart people in a room with their own DAB TV station and a red button service they can hack away with, and you get some gorgeous results.
Mashed will be missed this year – I’ll miss organising it again – it was one of the hardest things to leave behind when I left the BBC – but at least I get to run the Lonely Planet Travel Blogger Awards now – no crazy social flight sims – but still… loads of fun.
I think the beeb has made the right call on trying to concentrate on doing more smaller things all over the country but I do hope when things get a bit better out there that something like Mashed comes along again soon.
There’s just over 100 people here at Mashed, about evenly split between those awake and doing stuff (mainly werewolf and Rock Band at this moment in time) and those grabbing a few precious moments of sleep.
Stace came up with a good idea early on, a night manager, someone to take over from a sensible time late on Saturday to give the core organisation team a good break. This year I’ve split the main on-site organisation into four roles – the Senior Producer and three Production Assistants – it’s worked really well and meant we’ve kept everything very well in hand – but for some reason the shift pattern for overnight isn’t resulting in as much sleep as I could do with!
Ian Forrester is in his element, this is the middle of the day for him! Next year he can run the night shift I think.
Thoughts on the event so far:
Having dedicated staff rather than volunteers has made things much easier and smoother.
I wonder if the smooth running has some-how taken the ‘edge’ off the event a little?
We have about 100 more people here at most times than we did last year.
The screen is amazing, we can’t get a smaller one next year.
I’m very excited about tomorrow’s (today’s) presentations.
Kingswood Warren guys are awesome, I wish I had more time to give them.
Hotel in Muswell Hill has been dreadful, the concept of a 10 room block booking seems quite alien to them.
Very happy to read the virtually totally positive twitter and blog posts coming out.
I’m really on my knee right now, I can’t see how I can see the day out, and there’s still so much to do – I had the horrible two hour stretch in the middle of the night so I’ve not managed to get more than two hours sleep. I need some tips on keeping focused and awake. I think I may find a quiet corner and try some simple meditation.
This is sooo damn cool – I can’t announce it officially yet because I have to put it in proper BBC legal language – and that takes time… but get this… we’re going to run a competition for Mashed in a couple of weeks to build a BBC Sci-Fi Monster.
Not just any monster mind you, but a full size, fully functional, kick-ass monster.
Basically between now and next Thursday you email me with your ideas, and I select the best two – we’ll then fund you to the tune of up to £500 to build the monster (you’ll get the cash after Mashed not before). Then at Mashed itself you actually build the things over 24 hours and show them off on the Sunday with the other presentations – the audience votes on a winner – we give you some lame gift as a prize (the prize is actually the £500 to build the thing in the first place) and you get to keep the monster… how cool!
Anyway – more news on the official backstage blog when I’ve sorted out the legal stuff… also so AMAZINGLY COOl…. NASA are coming… I so damn excited right now.
Goodness me – I thought this year was going to be easy – I knew all the suppliers – I knew what we needed where – but trying to top last years event is proving tough work.
Top Gear has the cool wall – I have the planning wall. It contains everything we need to know to just make the day happen. There are a couple of blurred spots as I confirm them before announcment, but other than that it’s all coming into place.
We’ve released another 100 tickets this morning via Microsoft developer lists, and I think we’ll be releasing another 100 on Friday. The only other bit of news is that I’m planning on running buses from Newcastle, Manchester and Cardiff – I’ll be down in Cardiff next week at the geek meet to talk about backstage and mashed. Right now the plan is to release special bus tickets on the sign up page next week – http://mashed08.eventbrite.com
We’re using backnetwork again this year – http://mashed08.backnetwork.com – fantastic site – I’ll be processing those who’ve signed up via eventbrite later this week – you should get your invites automatically.
Only other cool thing is the website badges – they went down well last year – and I’m loving this years logo – they should be up on backstage before the weekend… in theory!
Mashed – it’s Hack Day time again and this year we’ve got a corker of a weekend planned.
Arrive on the Saturday morning and listen to real people from the development world showing you how to build things and how to use the systems that will be available to you through-out the weekend – including a full broadcast TV station with the ability to build and hack your own interactive applications.
As the talks draw to a close the 24 hour hack begins – there’s plenty of food (no it’s not all pizza this year – think pie and mash) – distractions for when you need them and if all goes to plan a special event at midnight.
Sunday plods on to the live presentations at 2pm – hosted by a very very special guest star… if you thought last year was a great time – this year we’ll blow your socks off.
It’s all about you, if you want something let us know and we’ll organise it.
The first 100 tickets have gone live – you can sign up at –http://mashed08.eventbrite.com/ – I’d be quick though – last year the first 100 tickets went in a little over two hours… we’ll be releasing more tickets next week via the partners, but get in early if you want to guarantee your spot!
June 21st and 22nd is fast approaching and as everything is slotting into place here, the sign up is ready to go live. We’re releasing about 400 tickets this year, and given how quickly they sold out last year I’d keep an eye on the blog and on backstage.bbc.co.uk this week.
Lots of exciting things to talk about and not very much time to get it all done!
It’s been a hell of a couple of weeks, as well as working on Innovation Labs I’m also pulling together everything for Mashed in June – the good news is I’ve managed to secure the dates and venue – it’s going to be held at Alexandra Palace again and it will run over the 20th 21st and 22nd of June.
There’s going to be a conference on the Friday, and then the hack event over the Saturday and Sunday as before… more details being arranged as I type this and I’ll try to keep you all up to date as more details emerge – I’m also going to blog here quite a lot about organising this thing – for me more than anyone else – as last years flew by so quickly I missed a lot of it!