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 V8 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 Chaos Calmer (14.07) you can take part in the tournament too.
- Some first impressions - please imagine that with 30 degrees Celsius in summer time :)
- Accommodation and Food Supply
- Participant Registration and Fee
- Blog Ping-Backs and Media Coverage
- What to Bring
- List of the Hardware Available
The BattleMeshV8 will be held at Maribor, Slovenia. The testing / hacking / talks will take place in Dom Obrambe Pekre It features one large dining hall with an attached smaller hall for talks, a large lecture theater, several smaller classrooms and an outdoor auditorium. Expect to find nice community WiFi internet connection (open.wlan-si.net), video projectors, beverage and snack supplies and some curious hackers.
Dom Obrambe Pekre consists of two larger halls, several classrooms and offices. It is an ex-military school now ran by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief and used as a Civil protection base, firefighter education base and is the headquarters of Slovenian Ham-Radio Association. Placed on the outskirts of town Maribor under the Pohorje mountain it is surrounded by a large open area and vineyards, offering a very nice environment for setting-up indoor and outdoor WiFi test setups. During the summer time the outdoor auditorium is a very nice setting for some hacking int he sun, a football match in the afternoon and a barbeque in the evening. The location has a nearby city bus stop in about 15 min walk away from the ski-resort with plenty accommodation options.
Some first impressions - please imagine that with 30 degrees Celsius in summer time :)
Outside the venue and view:
Inside the venue for hacking/talks:
Radio tower on the montain:
Accommodation and Food Supply
Plenty accommodation options are available in the ski-resort part of the town Maribor under Pohorje mountain. A pleasant area in all seasons offers accommodation, restaurants and plenty outdoor recreation facilities.
Currently we are discussing options for cost-effective accommodation and more will be known once the date is set. Most likely 2-4 bed rooms in a hotel will be organized, however camping sites are also available nearby.
There are several ways to get to Maribor city.
There are plenty options to travel to Maribor by plane as there are several major Airports within 1-2h driving distance.
Soon we will appoint a community member to help you with travel arrangements.
Maribor - Edvard Rusjan airport
Closest international airport in Maribor located a few kilometers outside the city, but there are no regular connections, only charters and flying sports activities.
Ljubljana - Jože Pučnik Airport
The http://www.lju-airport.si%20main%20Slovenian%20airport with multiple international daily routes and frequented by low-cost airlines EasyJet (London) and Wizzair (London, Brussles). Note that there are very frequent flights to/from Istanbul, Turkey, you may find a good deal if arriving from other parts of the world via that airport.
The airport is about 100km from Maribor, that takes about 1h by car. You can travel to Maribor by shuttle bus, by Shuttle bus to Ljubljana train station and then take a train to Maribor.
Graz airport, Austria
Graz airport is just across the from Maribor about 40km driving distance. Best option for arriving from most cities in EU.
You can travel to Maribor from a nearby train station in under an hour, there may be shuttle services available.
Klagenfurt airport, Austria
Klagenfurt airport is also an option to travel to Maribor and is about 100km away.
Zagreb airport, Croatia
Zagreb airport is another option about 100km away from Maribor.
Flying to Vienna is also an option, there are shuttle bus services to Maribor.
You can travel to Maribor with different international trains. There are direct connections available with Zagreb (CRO), Rijeka (CRO), Graz (A), and Vienna (A). On some lines it is necessary to change trains in Ljubljana or Zidani Most. Nearby Pragersko, which has good train services with Maribor, also enables fast train connections with Budapest (H) and Venice(I).
Traveling by train around Slovenia can be very comfortable. It is possible to travel along the railway tracks from Ljubljana to Maribor in a little less than two hours. Trains of varied quality and class prices links Maribor also with a number of other Slovene places. See Slovenian railways website.
Maribor is connected to Zagred (CRO), Graz (A), Belgrade (YU), Amsterdam (NL) Rotterdam (NL) and most places in Germany by regular international bus lines. Otherwise Slovene towns are connected by regular bus services to Austria, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and countries of the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
Maribor has also good bus services with other Slovene towns. However, it is recommended to travel by train between most Slovene places and cities, because the railway connections are more frequent and more often than not also cheaper.
Maribor is connected to the motorway network spanning the whole country of Slovenia and connecting to Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy. Parking is generally available as well as at the venue. Note that you need to buy a toll pass - vignette to drive on Slovenian motorways, the cost is 15EUR for one week. Note that the penalty is about 800EUR so do bother to buy one. Austrian has a separate toll pass for their motorways.
Inner city (Public transport)
Public transport is handled by MarProm with most bus lines starting from the main bus station next to the train station.
The venue - Dom Obrambe Pekre is serviced by Line 18 Pekre to a nearby stop Lesjakova 1, running every 30 minutes as well as Line 6 Vzpenjača to the end-stop Vzpenjača, running every 20 minutes, where all the accommodation options are located. There is a 15min walk to the venue.
Bust tickets are 1.1EUR single ride paid on the bus or 0.87EUR if bought in pre-sale with one-time 2.5EUR cost for an RFID card. 20 journey ticket is about 14EUR.
The event takes place on the following dates: TODO
In brief: We will deploy a wireless mesh network all over the place, run different routing protocols on top of it, perform some tests and see which routing protocol behaves better. (More Infos about the firmware: BattleMeshV8/Firmware)
Battlemesh github repository Here you can find the wibed testbed platform, battlemesh packages (a set of OpenWRT packages to be used at the WBM events), and an OpenWRT mirror.
This page contains the official Announcement: BattleMeshV8/Announcement
Timetable / Agenda
TODO: Announcement, Call for Talks and Workshops, etc
Impressions from previous Battlemesh events
Battlemesh V7 Video's by Stefan van Hooft: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjdaTaDJvaVzotzdFSpblCVegRpHgGPLG
Video clip from the mesh testbed installation for WBMv6 at Aalborg University Campus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Aqeqy9pw4
Another WBMv6 clip: http://vimeo.com/87030048
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 BattleMeshV8 participants list.
If you wish low cost accommodation, a special group booking will be arranged. <<< TODO >>>
IRC: irc.freenode.net #battlemesh (webchat)
We would like to thank the following for making this event possible:
Thank you for providing us with hardware for the event!
Donated OpenHardware - WRTnode
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Blog Ping-Backs and Media Coverage
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What to Bring
- Access Points
- Ethernet Cables
- switches and hubs
- your laptop
List of the Hardware Available
- TODO: please write here what you are going to bring
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