Given how much (little) attention I pay to wider events in the hackerspace, I have no idea if this has been advertised, but we host a group of dedicated Irish board gamers who would really love it if you could come in and game with them as Gaeilge.
This group meets in the hackerspace on the second Wednesday of every month from 7pm-which is incidentally this Wednesday October 9 coming.
CrisisCamp Ireland will having their next monthly meetup in 091 Labs on the 8th of December at 2pm.
At the first meetup on November 3rd, we jumped straight into actively helping out with Hurricane Sandy. The attendees were working with other tech-heads from around the world to try to provide as much info to those on the ground as possible. These activities included:
mapping the status of available communications between Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island e.g. telephone outages and wifi hotspots
finding a disaster assessment maps for the different States affected
working with the Department of Education on maps to get kids back to open schools on Monday
working with the Greater New York Hospital Association on updating and mapping the status of the hospitals affected
There’ll be people in for the meetup giving reports on how things have gone since last month and what else was done.
If any of this interests you and you’ll like to learn more or get involved, pop down to the event!
A second Cryptoparty will be happening in 091 Labs on November 30th from 7pm!
Cryptoparties are happening all over the world. These free events are for people who are interested in encryption so they can come and learn more about basic Crypto programs and the concepts behind their operation. You can check out more info on cryptoparty.org.
There’ll be people talking about PGP/GPG, Tor, changing MAC addresses, and a bunch of other things. If you want to help out or have something you’d like to show, let us know and we’ll get some space together!
Tog in Dublin will also be hosting a Cryptoparty on the same night so no matter which half of the country you’re in, you’re covered =)
I’m probably going to get lynched by the members for this one. My bad =(
So. Here we are… at this time and in this place…
Right onwards anyway! This weekend we have three free events. Read on! =)
CrisisCamp Ireland is being hosted in 091 Labs this coming Saturday, September 28th, from 10am to 5pm!
CrisisCamps are events designed to connect volunteers around the world who use creative problem solving and open technologies to help people and communities in times and places of crisis. It’s going to be awesome so go register =)
Willow asked if we’d be interested in running a Cryptoparty while she was visiting. We thought it was a great idea so we’re having one tomorrow night (Friday, September 27th) from 7pm =) The idea behind a Cryptoparty is to facilitate people who have the desire to learn to use the most basic crypto programs and the fundamental concepts of their operation.
Artemis: 091 Labs vs WARPS (Aberystwyth)
And I’ve just been informed that we have been challenged by WARPSoc in Aberystwyth (a place in Wales that had a very big flood) to a game of Artemis. If you’ve never played Artemis before, picture yourself on the bridge of the Enterprise D controlling one of 5 consoles – science, comms, helm, engineering, or weapons. It’s a savage game (and works well under WINE for us Linux heads) and this is the first time in a year that we’ve played against someone outside the Labs (we played Hive76 in Philadelphia a few times) so come up and take part!
CrisisCamp starts at 10am and runs until 5pm, it’s a fairly relaxed affair where you can pop in and out!
Artemis will be on in the earlier part of Sunday – from 1pm until 6pm!
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 – http://tinyurl.com/d7sbsc6), 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.