The weekend ahead: cryptoparty on Friday, CrisisCamp Ireland on Saturday and Artemis on Sunday!

This is how today has gone so far…

Me: “Okay, so Willow is arriving in a few hours! And I’m kicking the ass of my man flu. Yes!”

Ush: “Awesome! I saw she asked about a cryptoparty? Are we having a fairly impromptu one tomorrow?”

Me: “Yeah, why not? We’ll organise it for 7pm tomorrow. Infodox seems up for it too, if Arthur’s Day doesn’t kill him.”

Mike: “A good start so. Why is Willow coming anyway?”

Me: “… for CrisisCamp Ireland this weekend?”

Mike: “Oh cool! Where is that on?”

Me: “… in the Labs. On Saturday. Did you not see the blogpost?”

Katie, Paul, Mike, Ush: “What do you mean ‘in the Labs’?! What blogpost?!”

Me: “Shit…

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

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 =)

Hackerspacey-type person Willow Brugh (https://twitter.com/willowbl00) has travelled over to Ireland to talk at CrisisCamp. Willow has been a co-founder of both Jigsaw Renaissance, Seattle’s hackerspace, and Space Federation, a hackerspace collaboration initiative, over the last few years and she is currently the Director of Geeks Without Bounds,  an accelerator for humanitarian projects.

Cryptoparty

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!

UPDATES:

  • 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!

091 Labs @ Makerfaire Dublin

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

091 Labs – Open Day – Saturday, March 24th

On Saturday, March 24th, 091 Labs will be throwing its doors open to the public for their first Open Day of 2012 from 11am until 5pm. All are welcome to attend!

We’ll be showing off the Labs and projects that our members are involved in and building. Have a look at our 3D printer, MAME arcade cabinet or sewing machine. Have a discussion over photography, the best kit for home brewing, or why Linux is still clearly better than Windows. Learn to solder. Meet our boardgamers, take part in a game of Street Fighter or test out our cardboard armour!

We’ll be hosting a hackathon from 6pm until 10pm for those who want to come build, make or program something as part of a group. Electronics, crafting, programming, whatever!

091 Labs is the Makerspace for Galway city. Makerspaces are also known as Hackerspaces, and are a type of community-operated workshop or hobbyspace – a physical place where people can meet and work on personal or group projects and share common interests, often in computers, technology, science, light engineering and crafting.

If any person or group is interested in taking part, bringing something along or helping out at the Open Day, contact info@091labs.com to have a chat with us!

‘Tis the Season

You know. That season. The Season. The Season where half of your extended family gets a new electronic gadget from that man. The half of your family which happens to be technologically illiterate.

Well, help is at hand.

Are you tired of cheerfully helping fix their problems, even as you wish a painful venereal disease upon them behind clenched teeth?

Have you been looking for a way to aggressively passively-aggressively assert yourself in a charming manner?

Well, look no farther, good Hacker!

From me, to you, comes this delightful mashup of the infamous Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Available you today, for free. You can download it from here, now, in A3 size, under a permissive Creative Commons license that allows you to share and edit the poster.

Or if you so wish, you can purchase a high-quality printed version from me for €5. €2 will go toward the cost of printing, and the other €3 will go straight into the kitty at 091 Labs for our Christmas party fund. Delivery will be on December 16. Please contact me directly if you want a print.

3Dcamp in Limerick next month

3Dcamp, the “un-conference Barcamp which looks at The Internet Beyond Web 2.0″, will be running on Saturday June 11th in the University of Limerick. Areas of interest include:

  • 3D visualizations (Blender, Sketchup),
  • Gestural Interfaces (Kinect)
  • Robotics
  • Gaming
  • Mapping mashups, GPS,
  • Location based Services (LBSs),
  • Haptics and augmented toys (eg. Wiimote hacks),
  • Augmented reality
  • Virtual worlds (Second Life, the Metaverse),
  • Mirror worlds (Google Earth and Virtual Earth),
  • Interactive art installations
  • …and all things 3D.

There will be plenty of hacking-related talks and workshops this year on subjects such as “Tracking objects in 3D space” by Jeffrey Roe of TOG hackerspace in Dublin, “Escapism, Pedal Through Google Streetview On A Stationary Bike”, by Lette Moloney, and “How I built a Sheep Herding Robot” by Niall Dempsey. Registration is from 9am, with specific building details to follow. Attendance is free and all are welcome to the event.

You can keep up to date with all the latest details at: http://3dcamp.barcamp.ie/