Geek festival Campus Party takes over London's O2

Part festival, part hackathon, part conference, part jobs fair, Campus Party runs from today to Saturday at London's O2.


If you're looking for a job in tech, want to win money playing FIFA, or listen to some of tech's biggest names talk about the future, head down to the O2 in London this week. Campus Party is a massive tech festival -- and it's just getting started.

Taking place under the arched roof of the arena formerly known as the Millennium Dome, Campus Party is staged by O2 owners Telefonica. It's designed to be part festival, part hackathon, part conference, part jobs fair, and runs from today to Saturday 7 September.

There's a huge games competition too, with thousands of pounds in prizes up for grabs in tournaments for FIFA 13, Gran Turismo, DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike. Huge projectors will show off your skills for everyone to see.

To accommodate the thousands of nerds jetting in from across Europe, hundreds of tents have been pitched on the pitches of the nearby London Soccerdome. Just imagine how rank that place is going to be by Friday night -- like the New Orleans Superdome, but with more Lynx.

Speakers for the conference bit of the Party include grandfather of the Internet Vint Cerf, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and founder (and government-appointed UK Digital Champion) Martha Lane Fox.

"Since 1997 tech fans across Europe and Latin America have flocked to Campus Party in their thousands to innovate, learn and engage with some of the biggest names in technology," said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK. "This year we're injecting even more ambition and more scale into an already huge event.

"The marketplace will feature a huge range of free support services, including advice on how to get your foot on the career ladder or how a business can succeed on Facebook," Dunne explained. "The event will help people hone and develop their digital skills whilst giving businesses of all sizes the opportunity to find the talent they need to grow."

You can find more information on Campus Party at the official site here. Tickets cost £15 per day, £30 for all four days or £50 for all four days and a tent in the Sweat-o-dome. Will you be going along? Let me know what the camping's like in the comments, or on our 5-star Facebook page.

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