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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to have a chat with us!
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, 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)
Mapping mashups, GPS,
Location based Services (LBSs),
Haptics and augmented toys (eg. Wiimote hacks),
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.