April 20th John Breslin Talk

We are delighted to have John Breslin kick off our monthly guest speaker series at Hotel Meyrick 7pm, Tuesday April 20th. John will talk about The Social Semantic Web. His recently co-authored The Social Semantic Web with Stefan Decker and Alexandre Passant furthers the understanding of technologies and research issues involved in applying Semantic Web technologies to social software. Admission is free and all are welcome.

UPDATE 1 : We are rescheduling John’s talk due to Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption hindering travel plans for attendees. New details to follow once we have spoken with Christina at Hotel Meyrick and John.

UPDATE 2 : John’s talk will now take place at Hotel Meyrick 7pm Tuesday, April 27th. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Two new streams

Thanks to everyone who made our Community Meetup last night. We discussed a number of potential streams to get up and running within our sandbox. After looking at each proposal we have decided on two new streams to sit alongside our Android stream.

The first is an Arduino stream which our newest member Dara will lead over the coming weeks. It was an easy choice after being inspired by our recently attended Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers Electronic Workshop at the Science Gallery hosted by TOG and Robots.ie. The second is a Game Development stream which like the Android stream will be a collective voyage of discovery given interested members are new to the space but keen to learn more.

A third potential stream will need further discussion with Sebastian and members of the Galway LUG before proceeding further. Hopefully they will be able to make our next community meetup 7pm Tuesday, April 13th at the Galway Bakery Company. We now have 4 entries for our new logo design competition. All entries received on or before April 30th will be shared here. If your feeling creative get in contact with your 2 color entry.

091 Labs Logo Competition

Thanks to everyone who made our workshop last night. Now that our Android stream is up and running it is time to start looking at getting some new streams going within our sandbox. If you are interested in starting / participating in one of our new streams come along to out next meetup 7pm Tuesday, April 6th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

We also discussed drafting our constitution and running a competition to design our 091 Labs logo. There are 3 entries already so if you would like to submit a 2 color design for entry before April 30th please get in contact. This years OSSBarcamp takes place on April 17th at IBM,Pembroke House, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Attendance is free but pre-registration is required here given there is limited space.

March 30th Android Workshop

Our next meetup is 7pm Tuesday, March 30th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. This is our third Android Workshop with a couple of projects already up and running in our sandbox. The next X-Cake Galway Meetup takes place at GTC on April 7th. Anyone interested in speaking or demoing their apps on the night should contact Vinny Coyne. A list of this years winners from last nights 2010 Irish Blog Awards is available here.

Open Science and Open Space are two areas that hackerspaces are making previously specialist fields more accessible, collaborative and interconnected. Rob Carlson’s May 2005 Wired article titled Splice it Yourself got the conversation underway on Garage Biology. Since then a global movement has emerged around DIYbio. His Tea with The Economist interview and recently released Biology is Technology are recommended checking out. Spacehack is a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. Ariel Waldman has a great post titled Hacking Space with Hackerspaces and helium. We look forward to adding Arts to the mix and seeing what we might do with the creative communities based in Galway.

UPDATE : tdr from TOG shared a link in the comments below to a recent Internet Audio Network interview with Sacha De’Angeli (twitter). He talks about how hackerspaces are forwarding real science and encourages people to get out of their garages and into a hackerspace.

Doacracy and making your future

Thanks to everyone who made our second Android workshop a great success last night. Participants are still playing around with the development tools and sample code. Some initial project ideas were discussed with Project Breadcrumb already starting to take shape in our sandbox. The reverse Q&A format worked particularly well and will be used to cover all topics for future open community gatherings.

Thanks to Mitch Altman, Jimmie P Rodgers, Robots.ie and TOG for hosting an inspiring Electronic Workshop at the Science Gallery last night. Mitch is co-founder of Noisebridge in San Francisco and generously shared his experiences throughout the day on subjects ranging from creating a culture of Doacracy to facilitating safe open spaces. This 4 minute video from Andrew David Watson at Hive 76 in Philadelphia shares Mitch’s passion for making your future.

We also got the opportunity to visit TOG enroute and learn more about their journey over the last year. Adrian grabbed a picture of one TOG project which would be a welcome addition to any international art gallery. They told us about two new projects which merit sharing. The first is Irish Robotics Club Make Night held monthly in the Science Gallery which encourage hobbists from all fields to come by and make anything. The next Make Night is 6pm – 9pm Wednesday, March 31st and admission is free. The second is Open Jam being held on March 27th at Enterprise Ireland’s Head Office, The Plaza, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3. Register here for those interested in attending.