Sep 10 2012

New Group: Knitting Circle’s First Meeting – Sat Sept 15th @ 4pm


The new knitting circle will have its inaugural meeting at the labs on Saturday, September 15th from 4 to 7pm. The knitting circle is open to knitters of all skill levels. It will provide a social and collaborative workspace, and help will be available for people just starting out.  After this first meeting, we expect to hold regular monthly meetings.

All attendees are expected to bring their own supplies. Attendance is free for members, and €2 for everyone else (all money goes to 091 labs).

Aug 26 2012

091 Labs @ Makerfaire Dublin


This is a blog post made by our member, Ciaran McCool. Check out his blog


Dublin’s first (of hopefully many) Mini-Makerfaire was held last month on July the 14th in conjunction with the “Hack the City” event hosted by the Science Gallery. 091 Labs made an appearance alongside other Irish and UK Hackerspaces, TOG and Build Brighton.




Eight of us made the trip from Galway late Friday evening after some hastily “hacking” together travel and accommodation plans so we would be strategically poised for an early start on Saturday morning and not travel-lagged.

We were blessed with a great day that didn’t deter the enthusiastic and energetic crowd from converging on the Faire and the Science Gallery. I believe the final figure of attendees was in the region of 5,500 peeps!

091 Labs showed off some of our current projects including Alana’s custom made Model Train control unit, a cider homebrew, my Aeroquad QuadRotor (which I got permission to fly from the Irish Aviation Authority at the event but no thanks to Customs and Revenue, didn’t have a battery for it –, Padraic and Carles’ “Labs-On, Labs-Off” status system [and Android app – P.], Oisin’s photoresistor-based theremin and others.



Among the projects on display at Makerfaire there was an impressive amount of hacking. There were 3D Printers, laser cutters, homemade submarines as well as etching and soldering classes.






The highlight of my day was meeting an 80 odd year old lady who was learning about coding and circuit construction using the Arduino Uno! Never too late eh?


Big thanks from all of us in 091 Labs to the organisers for Dublin Makerfaire. They did a great job and we had a brilliant time up at it.

Aug 14 2012

CloudBusting 2012 – September 14th: Promoting a culture of openness around engineering


The following is a guest post by Damien Joyce

However you feel about the huge sum of money Facebook spent on a company with no revenue, the fact remains that Instagram is a huge success story for cloud computing and is a great example of how the cloud can be used effectively for scalability, when going from 0 to 80,000,000 users in just 18 months. Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, apparently had no formal programming training; he’s a marketer/product guy who learned to code by night! But he was passionate and focused on his product right from the start as you can hear in this excellent interview that he did with Robert Scoble in 2010.

Instagram’s extraordinary success is also great tale about the culture of the Bay Area tech scene and recently co-founder Mike Krieger described their journey. Check out the slides from his talk where he mentions to “Surround yourself with awesome advisors” and promote a “Culture of openness around engineering“. With that culture firmly in mind (I know the piece Tom Murphy wrote a few years ago on Galway possibly being a new kind of San Fran resonated with people) and continuing with our user group activity, we have a FREE day-long tech event in association with the GMIT, ITAG and supported by HP taking place on Friday, September 14th and hosted on the GMIT campus.

CloudBusting will be a “cross-over” day, with over 20 sessions covering aspects of the Cloud spread across 5 tracks on start-ups, DevOps, web, social media, and music. The keynote speaker is Dave Allen, foundational member of post punk band, Gang Of Four.

Dave is Director, Interactive Strategy at North, Inc and an Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Brand Strategy at the University of Oregon and has some interesting ideas, experiences on music, design, UX, technology, and on the web in general with what he refers to as “thinking about Webism”.

The plan is that attendees will go away from CloudBusting with the understanding of what is necessary for the different ways to architect, develop and deploy applications and IT solutions in the cloud but also that they leave with some food for thought for working on the web in general.

All details for the event are available on the Facebook page: (Note you don’t need a Facebook account) including a stellar speakers list and a link to the Eventbrite page for registration.

Recent additions to the speaker list include Josh Holmes, Stephen Nelson Smith, Bob Duffy, and Jan Jongboom from Cloud9 who have a IDE for the cloud aimed at Javascript developers. Check out the Robert Scoble interview last year on their company for more background on what they do.

Also, Claudio Perrone, who is an excellent speaker and LEAN practitioner. He will be the opening keynote speaker for the Italian Agile Day conference in November.

There will be also be an after-party in Kelly’s Bar that night with emerging Irish music talent including Sive, Twin Terrace, and ImYourVinyl.

Is there an appetite for a day of technology in Galway? I hope so and would love to see the event supported across the tech ecosystem in Galway.

If you can’t attend, maybe you can support CloudBusting by promoting through your social networks?

Also, don’t forget to keep up to date with what is happening by following the ITAG Twitter stream @itag_ie and ITAG: The Information Technology Association of Galway LinkedIn group.

Damien is a business technologist working for Hewlett Packard interested in Tech, Social Media and all things LFC (Liverpool Football club) related. Also an all too occasional music blogger with a passion for good music.

Jul 23 2012

091 Labs 091 LAN – LAN Night July 27th from 6pm


Hello folks,

We’re organising our next LAN gaming night for this coming Friday the 27th from 6pm onwards! We’ll have a fully-stocked tuck shop and our MAME proto-cabinet will be set up for anyone needing a break from the main attraction. Entry is €10 (all money goes to 091Labs). Members of 091 Labs go free.

091 Labs is run on a voluntary not-for-profit basis by it’s members, for more information on 091Labs and what it is, go here.



Booking: As we only have enough room to comfortably support 20 gamers, you’ll need to book a space by sending an email to ush (at) with the subject line “091 Labs July LAN”.

Location: 091 Labs, 1st Floor, Tyrone House, 47 Eyre Square, Galway.
Date & Time: Friday 27th July @ 18:00
Ending: Whenever The Last Attendee Staggers Home, Saturday 18th February
Capacity: 20
Price: €10 (all monies going to support 091Labs)
Games being played:

We’ll have a Minecraft server running during the night – suggestions for custom maps are welcome.

Battlefield 3

Homeworld 2

Heroes of Newerth

Company of Heroes

Call of Duty 4/MW2/MW3

Team Fortress 2

Monday Night Combat

No More Room In Hell (mod, requires a Source engine game, ie: Half-Life 2 or Counter-Strike: Source)

And more!

This is by no means a complete list, we’re open to suggestions. If you can get enough people enthusiastic about playing it on the night, we’ll give it a go.

Bring: Yourself, a laptop or computer with at least a 256mb nVidia/ATI GPU. Headphones are a must.

See you there!

Jun 6 2012

Illustration Workshop with Alan Corbett and Galway Pub Scrawl – Saturday June 16th


Professional illustrator Alan Corbett will be running a one-day picture book illustration workshop at 091 Labs on Saturday June 16th from 10AM to 6PM in collaboration with the Galway Pub Scrawl group.

Alan’s illustration work includes the “Ghost of Shandon“, “The Gruesome End of Baron Spolasco” (for the 6th annual Dragon of Shandon Samhain Parade in Cork City) and “Anna in the Little Match Girl“.

The cost on the door will be €10 (€8 for students and 091 members) for the day. Handouts are included in the price.

This workshop will be served on a first-come first-served basis. A place can be reserved by joining the Facebook Event page or emailing donalfall [at] gmail [dot] com