We would like to give to the 'Battle of the Mesh' the flavor of a tournament with a social character. If you are a mesh networking enthusiast, community networking activist, or have an interest in mesh networks you might find this bunch of crazy folks gathering for the Wireless Battle of the Mesh V7 very interesting. This event is also an opportunity to meet developers from the most popular open source mesh protocol implementations (Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N. L3 and L2, BMX, IEEE 802.11s, OLSR) and watch their ideas compete. If you have implemented an interesting mesh protocol capable of running on OpenWrt Attitude Adjustment you can take part in the tournament too.
The BattleMeshV7 will be held at Leipzig, Germany. The testing / hacking / talks will take place in the sublab. It features one large room with a separate stage corner for talks as well as a smaller room for discussions, a smoking room and several other smaller rooms. Expect to find nice WiFi internet connection (Freifunk and Sublab Wifi), hacking gear, video projector, a beer garden outside, and some curious hackers.
Some first impressions:
Accommodation and Food Supply
We offer an optional low cost accomodation package including breakfast, please see "participant registration" below. We will also organize social events. Leipzig offers a big variety of restaurants, cafes and bars where you can get food and drinks.
There are several ways to get to Leipzig city.
There is an international airport near the city, it is called Leipzig/Halle Airport (IATA: LEJ) which can be reached by train in approx. 15 minutes from Leipzig central station. Trains are running every 15-30 minutes until midnight and beginning from 04:00 in the morning. Tickets can be directly brought on the platform using the ticket automats there.
However it is usually quite expensive to get a flight connection to this airport since it adds around 150-200 euro fees on top of a flight route to Berlin or Frankfurt international airport.
There is a good intercity high-speed train connection from Berlin to Leipzig plus an additional private train service called "Interconnex" (http://interconnex.com) which costs between 16 and 22 Euro and runs twice a day from Berlin central station at 07:57 and 17:06 towards Leipzig central station. The trip takes around one hour and twenty minutes.
Additionally there is regular rail service available via Deutsche Bahn (http://bahn.de) with varying prices depending on the type of train.
There are several inter-city bus lines available from Berlin to Leipzig or Frankfurt to Leipzig which arrive near the central station in Leipzig. Prices are between 8-16 euro for a trip Berlin -> Leipzig which takes around two hours and ca. 15 euro for a trip from Frankfurt to Leipzig which is about five hours.
Fares for Berlin to Leipzig: http://meinfernbus.de/booking/search?route=Berlin+ZOB-Leipzig+Hbf+%28Goethestra%C3%9Fe%29&from=1&depart=12.05.2014&to=30&back=1&return=18.05.2014&adult=1&children=0&bikes=0
Fares for Frankfurt to Leipzig: http://meinfernbus.de/booking/search?route=Frankfurt+%28Main%29+Hbf-Leipzig+Hbf+%28Goethestra%C3%9Fe%29&from=12&depart=12.05.2014&to=30&back=1&return=18.05.2014&adult=1&children=0&bikes=0
(Note that the preselected dates are too far in the future yet, if you want to get an idea of the prices, choose april as departure and arrival month)
Inner city (Public transport)
The event takes place on the following dates: Monday 12th to Sunday 18th of May 2014
In brief: We will deploy a wireless mesh network over the campus, run different routing protocols on top of it, perform some tests and see which routing protocol behaves better. (More Infos about the firmware: BattleMeshV7/Firmware)
Side activities will be organized. Workshops and talks on wireless topics are on the time table:
Call for Talks: BattleMeshV7/CallForTalks
Side Events: BattleMeshV7/SideEvents
Video clip from the mesh testbed installation for WBMv6 at Aalborg University Campus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Aqeqy9pw4
Video clip made at WBMv5 to give you a feeling what this event is like: http://vimeo.com/39412090
Video clip made at WBMv4: http://vimeo.com/21953373
Participant Registration and Fee
The event itself is free of charge and open for all!
If you intend to come (with or without hotel reservation), please add your name to the BattleMeshV7 participants list.
If you wish low cost accommodation, a special group booking has been arranged. Payment in advance is required to get the full benefit of the discount. Therefore, like for the previous event, this year's edition features an "early bird low cost" registration program: Bed and breakfast in a hostel in down town Leipzig from Monday till Sunday plus dinner arrangements on the first two evenings are available for 150€ if the payment is received before February 15th, 2014. The price goes up to 175€ for all payments made after February 15th. These late arrangements are subject to availability.
If you wish to sign up for the accommodation package please wire the amount of 150 Euro until February 15th. After this date the price will rise to 175 Euro. You can find the bank account details for the upcoming WBMv7 at the end of this mail.
Once we received your payment, your name will be added to the list of confirmed attendants.
If your name does not appear as confirmed within 7 days after wiring the money, feel free to mail to Jo-Philipp <email@example.com> and ask for a confirmation of receipt.
Recipient: sublab Veranstaltungen UG (haftungsbeschraenkt) IBAN: DE58 8609 5604 0308 0284 61 BIC: GENODEF1LVB Bank: Leipziger Volksbank eG, Schillerstr. 3, 04109 Leipzig Subject: WBMv7 <Your Full Name>
Of course, this package is not compulsory. You can also find your own bed and food supply yourself during the event if you wish to do so.
IRC: irc.freenode.net #battlemesh (webchat)
We would like to thank the following for making this event possible:
(TODO: none so far)
- Open 802.11s
- Wlan slovenija
- Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network (AWMN)
- Alter Mundi
- Wireless Weimar (aka weimarnetz)
- Wireless Leiden
- Free Network Foundation
- Bottm Up Broadband For Europe
A complete and updated list will be available at the Endorsement dedicated page.
Blog Ping-Backs and Media Coverage
What to Bring
- Access Points
- Ethernet Cables
- switches and hubs
- your laptop
List of the Hardware Available for the WBMv7
- TODO: please write here what you are going to bring