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|−|=== What is a Village? == = | |
|−|The camping areas at EMF contain a number of villages. | |
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|−|A village is a group of friends, like minded people, colleagues or even families. Maybe your village is a collection of sub villages, or maybe it’s just your hackerspace. We also see villages based around themes, shared passions and existing communities - great places in the past have been the Maths village, the HAB Village and groups like Milliways and the Scottish Consulate. |+|
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|−|If there is a village based around something you are interested in, then you should definitely visit that village during the event to see what's going on. Or you could even join that village to help make more things go on. If there's not a village based around your interests, then you can start your own village and others will probably join you. |+|
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|−|There is no requirement to be part of a village, so if you'd rather camp on your own and just visit some villages this is fine. |+|
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|−|If you're planning to bring something especially big or in need of lots of power to your village, please [[Contact|let us know beforehand]] so we can provide you with what you need. |+|
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|−|=== What Can We Do As a Village? === |+|
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|−|[[File:maths-village.jpg|thumb|right|Making intersecting tetrahedra at the Maths Village in 2018]] | |
|−|Villages are great as you can share ideas, equipment and space! The sharing doesn’t stop there - it lets you share resources too. You can come up with a cooking and cleaning rota as a group to reduce waste, make the camp cheaper and interrupt your day with a change of activity. Some people spend all their time cooking for others! | |
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|−|Maybe you are working on a group project and want to show off the final result, or you want to spend the weekend building something. Doing this as a village is good fun, and you often find that new friends will appear to share their ideas, opinions and time with you. |+|
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|−|Some villages bring pre-made games and activities for other people to take part in, and some run events and parties during the weekend! |+|
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|−|If have a good space, you could run a workshop, a series of lectures or even your own mini-conference, entirely separate from our main program! Some of our favourites from previous years include: |+|
|−|* Ring Making Workshop | |
|−|* Obscurecon (A series of lectures on the most obscure topics they could find) | |
|−|* Hardware Hacking Village | |
|−|* Personal Introduction to FPGA programming | |
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|−|=== We’re here to help === |+|
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|−|You’re welcome to run events in your village. If you have a cool idea, but need help with planning or logistics of doing things on site, please contact us before hand. The earlier you let us know your plans, the better we can help you . |+|
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|−|There is also limited funding available for villages that want to put on content. Please [ mailto:email@example.com Email the Village Team] and we will be very happy to discuss anything you might come up with! |+|
|−|Some areas we’d love to expand are: | |
|−|* Technical presentations | |
|−|* Skill shares | |
|−|* Workshops | |
|−|* Roundtables | |
|−|== Register a Village == | |
|−|Village registration for 2020 will be done via the main website. Information about how to register villages will appear here once registration is open. | |
|−|The villages team plan to be more involved in the placing and layout of villages this year to minimise collisions and disagreements! | |
|−|We'd very much appreciate it if you could think ahead of time and consider: | |
|−|* The area your village will need in m2, and provide us a realistic estimate so we can place you! | |
|−|* If you will be noisy or quiet, and what hours you'll be loud at so we can place you in quiet/noisy areas | |
|−|* If you want to do anything spectacular or out the ordinary - just get in touch and we can make it happen | |
|−|== Being a Good Village == | |
|−|We're compiling a guide of what makes a good village, based on our past experience! | |
|−|If you want to help, add some useful advice to the [[Good Village Guide]] ! | |
What should we bring?
Cooking Equipment & Food
While EMF provides a great set of food vendors, it is easier and cheaper for you to get together and cook. Some villages cook for upwards of 100 people each meal, but there’s no reason it can’t just be 5 people.
Think about the things you’ll need - a stove, pots & pans, plates/bowls, cutlery and food.
We’d really appreciate it if you brought reusable plates and cutlery, and low-packaging food. This helps reduce our waste footprint and helps the environment.
You will want somewhere to work together, to show off your toys, to run workshops and more. What you’ll need is a ‘village square’. This can be a few tables and chairs, all the way up to a geodesic dome!
With the unreliability of British weather, we recommend that this area is covered - it can get really sunny and really wet at our site. We’d rather you weren’t either sunburned or your laptop flooded.
The village team would really appreciate it if you planned this ahead of the event and could tell us the area in m2, so we can layout the site and get you the best location possible!
EMF are happy for you to bring your own tents and furniture for being social in and cooking in, but you can also rent them for us for the event. We ask that you remove all tents and furniture that you’ve brought at the end of the event - it’s not fair on our volunteers to have to tidy them up, and it’s also bad for the environment.
What makes a good neighbour?
A good neighbour works with those around them so everyone has the best possible event. This includes understanding the area you are camping in and compromising with those nearby! We have both quiet and noisy camping areas. If you intend to have friends over working, partying and enjoying each other’s company until the wee hours, we’d ask that you place yourself in the noisy area.
It’s great if you can share with your neighbours too - maybe you want to group 3-4 villages together into a common theme, and share resources. This could be cooking, hardware or other items. You can get in touch with your neighbours ahead of the event and see if they want to do anything with you - it could be a shared event, or helping with their cooking in exchange for food!
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