Great turn out for Open Data Day

A quick post to say thank you to everybody who made it along for the Open Data Hackday at DERI and 091Labs last Saturday. We had a great turn out.

We really want to promote the opening of Irish Data and this was reflected in the apps people made on the day. These included

* A map with RSS alerts showing the latest planning applications submitted to Galway City Council
* A multi company bus schedule application for searching connections between Galway and Dublin.
* An interactive map of public toilets in Galway with details about opening hours and wheelchair access.

For more information on the event see and on Open Data in Ireland generally check out Open Data Ireland mailing list ,

We are already planning a follow up event for late January and it looks like the folks at Scraperwiki will be coming over too. All in all 2011 is looking good for Open Data in Ireland.

On top of all that we got a great write up in Silicon Republic

International Open Data Day

Saturday December 4th is International Open Data Day

International Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities
around the world to write applications using open public data to show
support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the
world’s local, regional and national governments.
Open Data policies can increase government transparency, spur digital
enterprise and improve civic participation.

This Saturday NUI Galway’s Digital Enterprise and Research Institute will be hosting an Open Data Hackathon at their campus
located at the IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan from 10am till 5pm
followed by project presentations and a public discussion on Open Data
at 091 Labs at the Fairgreen near the Radison from 6pm till 7pm.

For updates, who’s coming and direction see
We also have a forum for discussion on
For further information see
or email opendatagalway at

Hackquarium on 5th December

TIME magazine listed sugru in its Top 50 Inventions of 2010 and Jane is kindly sending 091Labs our very own packs of sugru so we can hold an amazing Hackquarium on Sunday the 5th of December, at 2pm, in 091Labs, Galway!! How exciting!

Sugru is for hacking, improving and repairing your stuff:

It’s free, and it’s on till 5pm, so bring your friends, your kids, your parents, your grandparents and even your monkeys (and don’t forget your broken stuff).

Sugru Hackquarium, Galway, 5th December, Hack Things Better
Sugru Hackquarium, Galway, 5th December, Hack Things Better
Sugru Details, December 5th, Galway
Sugru Details

Workshop: Protect your (Ubuntu) laptop in one hour

This post started off in my head as a guide to firewalling your home server, but it gradually evolved, mentally, into a workshop for securing the information on your Linux laptop with GRUB, KeePass and Truecrypt. Click the (awesome Hackers) image below to RSVP your place for this once-off workshop!

Ignite Galway comes to 091Labs

ignite galway 091 labs, galway, december 10th 2010

ignite galway 091 labs, galway, december 10th 2010

091Labs are thrilled to announce their very own Ignite Galway, happening as a fundraiser for our much loved hackerspace on Friday, the 10th December, at 7pm. Like last time. there will be 13 inventive, courageous speakers, who have generously volunteered to take to the stage to give the audience a 5 minute insight into their wacky and wonderful ideas.

There will be lots of surprises throughout the night as we are determined to entertain, educate, enlighten and inspire you (and we’ll be sure to delight you while we’re at it).

Here are some of last Septembers talks as a reminder of the diversity and quality of the talks on the night.

Building a city, virtually, Gavin Duffy

User experience just doesn’t matter, Mark Conguista

Can great speeches change the world? Naoise Nunn

Tickets will be 5 euro on the door, and you can send an RSVP to to book in advance.