We've found the ideal complement to our first keynote for Oxford Geek Night 20 on February 9, 2011. Chris Govias and Andrew Godwin were already booked to talk to everyone present about the recent efforts by /dev/fort to put original NASA transcripts from space missions on the web in a searchable, linkable format. And now, alongside space exploration, we've got... car racing. Alex Powell from Soft Pauer is coming along to talk about their F1 mobile app, which presents real-time track positioning and timing data from the F1 official feeds.
We've already got four microslots booked, including discussions of the evil of pie charts and the joy of transparent swimwear. Before you start thinking about a roomful of geeks all dressed in transparent swimwear, let me distract you by saying that we still need volunteers for The Pitch, our sixty-second open-mic slot where people can pitch any ideas, vacancies, products, local events, meetups, organisations etc. The floor could be yours for up to a minute: email me, jp.stacey on the old GMail, or tweet me (@jpstacey) if you're interested.
On top of all this, Historic Futures have agreed to sponsor drinks: to the tune of one eagerly awaited drink per eagerly awaited geek attendee! They're based locally and they do research into supply-chain traceability. That means helping companies to work out just where all the components of their products come from and how, to improve transparency and good practice across lots of industries. They've also been good eggs in offering everyone at OGN20 a free drink.
Not only that, but we also have the regular sponsorship from Torchbox, meaning entry is still free. So: come along for the fast cars, big rockets and free drinks. How many geek events have that as their strapline, eh?