The ‘labs are moving!!!


Hi folks:

091 Labs has lived at its current address on Flood Street (named after a person, ironically, not its propensity to be underwater!) for almost a year and half now – we moved here late in 2012. However, due to things rising (water, amongst others) we’ve been looking for, and found, a spot that seems tailor-made for our needs, and we’re going to be on the move over the next couple of weeks.

Our new location is in Roxboro House, on Raleigh Row. This is on the fringe of what some people would call the Latin Quarter, or what Galwegians would more simply call “right behind the Jes”. Conor has already put directions and some photos of the new space, on Bookface, but for those of us who don’t do that sort of thing, here’s the Google Maps link that Conor furnished which shows the route from the old labs facility to the new one – Google puts it at an eight minute walk from from one to the other. As Conor points out, the new unit is ground floor and should be more universally accessible. It’s also bigger, better laid out and more flexible than the old location.

Labs Front Entrance

Our new front door!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be getting the new space up and running, and migrating everything over to the new location. Keep an eye on our various social media handles to see what’s what with regards to classes, meetings and other things in terms of which location they’re to be in but the plan is to be all set up in the new space pretty quickly.

Hope to see you in the new ‘labs!!!

CrisisCamp Ireland – next meetup 8th December at 2pm


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!

http://crisiscampireland.com/2012/11/21/december-2012-crisiscamp/

Cryptoparty #2 – November 30th


cryptopartyA 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 =)

Update:

This evening is still going ahead on Friday (November 30th). Facebook link for those that use it https://www.facebook.com/events/367129280042915/ . If you can’t attend this event in Galway, it will also be taking place at TOG in Dublin.

 

091 Labs has moved!


If you have tried to visit 091 Labs over the last days, you may have noticed an eerie quiet to the place and not a soul to be seen…

That’s because we’re in the process of moving 091 Labs into it’s new location! =D

Our new address is “6 Commerce House, Flood Street, Galway”.


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We’ll go into more detail about it and our future plans over the next few weeks but suffice to say that it’s awesome and you should come visit us on Open Tuesdays from 7pm =)

All future events should be considered as being on in the Flood Street space and for anyone who has been using our Lo-Lo app to find out if the Labs is open, it should be operational again next week!

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!