Best way to predict our future is make it

Many thanks to everyone that made our weekly meetup. Dara demoed his arduino and the cube kit he built to use with it. We spent half the meetup talking about how it worked, what it could be used for and how 091 labs could make their own for a couple of euros! People leaving were talking about digging out their old lego and meccano kits and seeing how they might be repurposed with an arduino. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, May 25th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

If you are in Dublin on May 25th join David McKeown at the 4th Make Night 6-8pm at the Science Museum. Congratulations to Iain MacLaren on tickets for TEDxGalway selling out in 24 hours. We need to chat with Iain about getting a Spacehack stream going at 091 Labs later this year. Tom Murphy shared a very timely link to a one-on-one interview with Dale Dougherty. Great to see Nick Bilton tuning his NYT readers into the maker community. Looking forward to Maker Faire Ireland happening some day in the not too distant future. After all the best way to predict our future is make it.

Week of Diaspora

This week belongs to Maxwell, Daniel, Raphael, Ilya and their Diaspora project. In 12 days they reached their target of $10,000 for a summer project to build an open source personal web server that will put individuals in control of their data. As of today donations are up to $142k with 18 days still remaining. There are a number of projects already in existence to build upon – FOAF and SIOC are two worth checking out. If you guys want to learn more about them have a chat with John Breslin when he is next in NYC on June 3rd. We will follow your Diaspora project with interest over the summer!

Thanks to everyone who made this weeks meetup. With some members getting exams out of the way this month its time to focus on getting a place to call our own in June. This will be discussed at our next community meetup 7pm Tuesday, May 18th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. Upcoming events this weekend worth mentioning are Drupal Camp Ballyvaughan which runs May 15th-16th. Our friends at TOG are running a synchronicity hackathon May 15th – 16th. We will sign off this week by wishing Cathal and Niamh who are getting married this weekend good health, happiness and hacking all the days of your lives!

May 11th Meetup

Many thanks to transformative tech thinker and writer Tom Murphy for taking an interest in what we are doing. His post over on SocialMedia.net and the conversations it has started are very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone who made last nights meetup. Our two newest additions to 091 Labs shared their projects with us. Ernestas demoed his web based RTS game currently in development and Kevin told us about his upcoming exhibit at the Galway Arts Centre. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, May 11th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

Congrats to our friends at TOG on their newly acquired MakerBot! Assembly photos of their 3D printer are here for those interested. Good to see a Joomla enthusiasts monthly meetup has started in Galway. Some of us are going along to the xCake Galway Apps Workshop at GTC tonight. There is also a Galway Python meetup at the Westwood Hotel tonight. Best of luck to those entering this years Google Code Jam with qualifying rounds this Friday and Saturday. Iain MacLaren has confirmed June 11th for TEDxGalway. Admission is free but places are limited to 100 so be sure to register your interest early if you want to attend.

May 4th Meetup

Thanks to John Breslin for delivering a great talk on The Social Semantic Web last night and to everyone who joined us for the first of our monthly guest speaker series. Given recent announcements from Twitter and Facebook it proved very informative and timely. We found the Semantic Microblogging Framework (SMOB) of particular interest. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, May 4th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

Declan McGrath has posted a good write up of Open Jam over on The Irish Penguin. There are a number of upcoming events worth sharing. Galway Open Coffee is hosting its May 1st meetup in Irelands first ecovillage Cloughjordan. To celebrate the release of Ubuntu (Lucid Lynx) a geeknic is planned for May 2nd in Farmleigh Park. Ignite The West kicks off at The Mill Times Hotel in Westport on May 7th. BizCamp Limerick is being held at the Kemmy Business School on May 8th. Dublin Startup Weekend takes place from May 6th-8th at the NDRC.

Week of the Volcanic Ash Cloud

The volcanic ash cloud disrupted many of our plans this week. Our first monthly guest speaker John Breslin was one of the 750k travellers stranded throughout the world. We are rescheduling his talk at Hotel Meyrick for 7pm Tuesday, April 27th. Adrian and Ellen at Meetforeal won a presentation slot at eComm America 2010 for their innovative Crowdscanner app but were unable to travel and sent a video in their place. Stefan at Metaio gave an inspiring augmented reality presentation at eComm via a Microvision Pico Projector and paper sheet which everyone is raving about.

Lin Clark overcame the travel restrictions and gave a great remote presentation on Semantic Drupal at DrupalCon SF 2010. For anyone looking to learn more about Drupal places are still available at Drupal Camp Ballyvaughan running May 15th-16th 2010. Open Source Ireland is a new community initiative setup to bring together Open Source groups and enthusiasts based in Ireland. They are running a logo competition with a closing date of April 25th. MAKE Magazine have teamed up with MakerBot Industries to giveaway a CupCap CNC to the lucky winner of its Thingiverse design challenge. Closing date is May 5th for this unique chance to win a 3D printer.