June 15th Meetup

Thanks to everyone who made this weeks meetup. A lively conversation took place about the FUD surrounding the fragmentation of the iPhone and Android platforms. Anthony and Bill recommended watching coverage of Google I/O 2010 and spoke about various apps currently in development for the Android platform. With the growing number of Android handsets among members it was suggested we setup an 091 Labs alpha tester group. Mark and Ush spoke about their experiences with open game development engines and where things are heading. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, June 15th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

Some of us went along to TEDxGalway on Friday which was well organized by Iain MacLaren and his team. Astrophysicist Mike Redfern kicked things off channeling Galileo, historian Aileen Fyfe spoke about the repurposing of technology during the Victorian steam driven information revolution, dramatist Lionel Pilkington spoke about performance and performativity, poet Louis de Paor, piper Ronan Browne and singer NaisrĂ­n Elsafty recreated a seamless live performance of their studio mashup project, Abhay Pandit spoke about the modern day challenges of designing and building biomaterials, Jenny Beale spoke about her creation of Brigit’s Garden and Lokesh Joshi brought TEDxGalway to a close by topping up everyones sugar levels with a great talk on Glycoscience.

June 8th Meetup

Thanks to everyone who made this weeks community meetup. Tom shared the Beetlecam project which brings a fresh perspective to wildlife photography. We hope to have Will chat over skype at a future meetup to answer many of the questions raised. Naomi spoke about mobile computing and robotics in Japan and how the spaces are co-evolving. Conversations continued long into the night on subjects ranging from federated identity to 3DTV to speech recognition.

Everyone agreed on the temporary space currently on offer. We are working on finalising details in time for our June 8th community meetup at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. Congratulations to our friends in TOG on their new space in Dublin. This months Open Coffee Galway takes place Friday at 11:00am in Webworks.

June 1st Meetup

Thanks to everyone who made this weeks meetup and welcome to our 4 newest members. The push is now on for 091 Labs to find a place to call home. Speaking with Liam and Mark on Wednesday reminded us of Galway’s rich electronic engineering heritage. We hope to get some of the old DEC crew involved in future hardware hacking projects.

Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, June 1st at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. Some of us are going along to 3Dcamp this weekend which promises to be a great event. If you are in Dublin and free to attend we recommend checking it out.

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!