PirateBox Camp 2014

PirateBox Camp 2014 took place at La Coroutine in Lille, France on July 12-13!

PirateBox Camp

We Went Camping!

Over 25 PirateBoxers joined us for PirateBox Camp 2014. Check out the PirateBox Camp 2014 Gallery for pics from the camp and be sure to stay tuned to @PirateBoxCamp and this page for info about future camps!

PirateBox Camp 2014 Program

Saturday July 12, 10 am to 6 pm

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Introductions and Updates
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch at La Coroutine
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm Presentations & Workshops
    • PirateBox on Android, discover the difference
    • Group Discussion about DIY Networking
  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm Breakup in small Hacking Groups & Creating Mesh-Network
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Small presentation of hacking results & discussion.
  • 8:00pm Social Event TBD

Sunday July 13, 10 am to 6 pm

  • 10:00 - 12:00 pm Build a PirateBox
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch at La Coroutine
  • 1:00 - 4:00 pm Box hacking + maybe some talks.1)
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm Field Mesh testing.

Workgroup topics

The plan is to break the audience up into small groups up to seven persons. These groups work on different topics, maybe brought by them-self. At the end of the day one, each group will do a short presentation or lightning talk about their experiences, achievements or problems they had. On day two, the Hacking session is more generic, maybe further working on Day 1 topics. The orga team, including Matthias, will visit the groups for encouraging and giving help on specific topic.

The following topics are in our focus, not all will be covered:

  • Mesh networking
    • Small introduction about mesh networking,
    • Installing beta-PirateBox and
    • Testing, and maybe trying rsync for syncing.
  • Arduino Yún
    • Discovering the Arduino Yún,
    • Checking out the possibilities and
    • Installing PirateBox on the Yún.
  • Installing and Customization
    • Install you first PirateBox and
    • start customizing it.
    • Discovering common pitfalls ;-)
  • PirateBox and Encryption - a divided world?
    • Investigate and try out encryption disk on and for OpenWRT,
    • try to combine it on an installed PirateBox and
    • do some performance tests.
  • User interface enhancements
    • Collect ideas, software and tools for improving the user experience,
    • try to make design examples, or prototyping on a PirateBox and
    • improve PirateBox in a user-centric way.
  • Your topic
    • We are open to other funny ideas about DIY Networking.
    • There will be a PirateBox available including install files for
      • LibraryBox
      • PirateBox
      • Occupy.Here PirateBox mod.
    • We are preparing a “compile machine” as well, that in case we have to do Compile packages, for the Yún for instance, to have a powerful machine.

Featured Attendees

David Darts is the creator of the PirateBox. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the NYU Art Department. His work focuses on the convergences between contemporary art and design, technology, and democracy.

Matthias Strubel is the lead developer for the PirateBox. He lives in Germany. Matthias is known for his work on PirateBox-Forum and his page PirateBox.aod-rpg.de. He works as a freelancer for several projects, focusing Software-Integration across different technical systems (i.e. Mainframe and Web).

Jochen Ruehl is the developer for the PirateBox Android App.

Jean Debaecker is an artist, PhD in Information Sciences @ GERiiCO Lab., and initiator of the PirateBox in France. He has co-animated with Gilles the french workshop in 2012. His work focuses on cultural & creative industries and digital reappropriation of public space. http://jeandebaecker.blogspot.fr

Gilles Hubert is Master Student in Sciences Information. Keen on street art and new technologies, he is deeply involved in the PirateBox project from the beginning. He has especially co-animated the french workshop in 2012. http://tinyurl.com/gilhub

Location and Directions

PirateBox Camp 2014 will be hosted at La Coroutine located at 8 rue Molière 59000 Lille, France (map).

If you get lost, ask for directions to “Mairie de Lille” or “Porte de Paris” and/or call +


A few suggestions for where to stay near the camp:

Travel Tips


  • Lille airport (LIL). Shuttle bus (20 min) available from airport to city center
  • Paris Charles de Gaulles Airport (CDG) : 45 minutes to LILLE by TGV
  • Paris Orly : if you have the choice don't use this one since it's far away from Lille
  • Bruxelles Charleroi (CRL) : shuttle bus (1h30) available from Charleroi to Lille (Flibco)


  • Lille Europe and Lille Flandres are very close to the Camp location



  • Idbus a French bus company near the French Railroad. The price is attractive (special price for group of 4 people) from London / Bruxelles / Paris. (The ideal moving spot to test a PirateBox)

Frequently Asked Questions

What language is spoken at the camp?

The primary language on the PirateBoxCamp is English, because we are located in France, it could be possible to have one talk or during the hacking session small groups speaking French.

Will there be a live stream of the Camp?

Unfortunately not, but maybe we are able to record some videos, which we can upload afterwards.

I have a different question, where can I ask?

The way is to leave your question in the PirateBox forum. There is a special Questions & Answers thread for the camp, feel free to ask any question there. You may use the IRC as well, but be a bit patient about long response times.

Requests from Saturday