Got Root Yet? Linux Cracking Competition

Got Root Yet?’ is a competition where competitors attempt to break into a vulnerable Linux server set up on our private local area network. It is the first event of its type being held in 091 Labs and promises to be an exciting and educational night, where participants will learn some of the most fundamental computer cracking techniques in a safe and fun environment.

The event will be held this Sunday at 091labs from 7pm to 9pm before Movie Night. The event itself is free, with a suggested donation of €5 for non-members, so we can keep events like this coming!

This Sunday Film – Us Now

This sunday film is a documentary which has a score of 7.7 in IMDB. Tells the stories of how self-organizing online networks threaten to change the fabric of government forever.

Come down to 091labs on Sunday night at around 9pm and enjoy the film with great company. This is a free event, just bring yourself down.

Us Now


In his student flat in Colchester, Jack Howe is staring intently into his computer screen. He is picking the team for Ebbsfleet United’s FA Trophy Semi-Final match against Aldershot . Around the world 35,000 other fans are doing the same thing, because together, they own and manage the football club. If distributed networks of people can run complex organisations such as football clubs, what else can they do?

Us Now takes a look at how this type of participation could transform the way that countries are governed. It tells the stories of the online networks whose radical self-organising structures threaten to change the fabric of government forever.

Us Now follows the fate of Ebbsfleet United, a football club owned and run by its fans; Zopa, a bank in which everyone is the manager; and Couch Surfing, a vast online network whose members share their homes
with strangers.

The founding principles of these projects — transparency, self-selection, open participation — are coming closer and closer to the mainstream of our social and political lives. Us Now describes this transition and onfronts politicians George Osborne and Ed Milliband with the possibilities for participative government as described by Don Tapscott and Clay Shirky amongst others.

Movie Nights is back!!!

Now that the worst of the weather is behind us we thought it was time to revive the Sunday Movie Night at the space in our new phone-box room. A night to sit down, relax and watch some kick ass open source movies with some popcorn. Yes, we will have popcorn. Hurray!!!

We have two really good movies to start off the first session. Drop down to 091labs on Sunday at 9pm, it is open to the public (free as in beer). See you all there.

Four Eyed Monsters

Four Eyed Monsters

Four Eyed Monsters is a 2005 film directed, starred and written by Susan Buice and Arin Crumley. It debuted on the festival circuit in January 2005 at the Slamdance Film Festival where it was well received. The filmmakers hoped to obtain a conventional deal for theatrical distribution on the basis of its success at Slamdance, but nothing was forthcoming.


Arin Crumley has never had a girlfriend, so he goes to the place where he finds everything else; the internet. Stuck in a rut, Susan Buice waits tables hoping to become inspired by life. They decide to meet up with the pretense to only communicate through hand-written notes. They fall in love with this experiment and continue to relate solely through videos, emails, drawings and physical intimacy for the next 4 months. As their lives merge they’re taken on a roller coaster that could have only ever existed in this modern era of digitallove.



Sintel is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.

Take on the Machine: Complete Series

‘Take on the Machine’ is like reality tv for hackerspaces. 5 spaces in the US are given $3000 and 3 weeks with a challenge to take an everyday item to repurpose it into something fun with a movie theme.
We posted the first episode, but now that the series has finish I wanted the give the links for all the episodes for those interested on the outcome and see how the winner of the challenge was.