HomeCamp II


Photo credit Benjamin Ellis

HomeCamp is running this Saturday. HomeCamp is a meeting of the home hacking, automation and green technology community. Think smart meters, monitoring and graphing energy usage geeks getting together to do their bit to try to improve the world of energy consumption.

The first event was held last November at Imperial College and was sponsored by Pachube, CurrentCost and ourselves Greenmonk, where we assembled 50 people and shared experiences and discussed strategy of monitoring, home automation and energy grids.

The event had big attendance from IBM and leading people from the monitoring, automation and green spaces. HomeCamp 2 aims to build on the success of the first event, with an OpenSim event (OpenSim is an open source server platform for hosting virtual worlds) running alongside for virtual participation and to demo the RealWorld and VirtualWorld modelling that the community has been doing.

So far around 75 people signed up to attend on the HomeCamp wiki.

There has been a huge amount of code and applications released focused purely on using technology for home energy monitoring and automation. There is an active HomeCamp Google group and quite a few videos and content showcasing the various applications and hardware currently being used by geeks to save money and live greener.

HomeCamp is on this Saturday 25th April 2009, 10am until 6pm at Bash Creations, 65-71 Scrutton Street, London, EC2A 4PJ. If you are in the area on the day, drop in – an interesting day is guaranteed.

If, like me, you are not likely to be in the area, there will be a live video stream on the day of the event.