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.
Our Open Day is fast approaching!
It’s this Saturday from 11am until 5pm and our members are bringing in a bunch of projects to show off.
Afterwards, we’ll also be hosting a hackathon from 6pm until 10pm. The idea behind that is to provide the time and space for people to work on an interesting project as a group. It can be electronic, art, craft, or programming-based to name a few!
And after all that, we’ll head out to an as-yet-to-be-chosen pub to chill out.
All are welcome to attend as little or as much as they choose!
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 email@example.com to have a chat with us!
091 Labs will finally be signing the lease on the new Space this coming Wednesday. Our new address will be 091 Labs, 1st Floor, Tyrone House, Eyre Square, Galway!
We’ve got the keys, are eager to get moved in and need your help!
We’re looking for some willing volunteers who have big vehicles to aid us in transporting all our gear to the new Space over the course of this coming week and we’ll need a few people to help lift the gear up the stairs once it gets dropped at the door too.
So if you’re free to help on Wednesday evening (August 3rd) from around 6pm, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @091labs with the tag #moving or Facebook or however! We’d love to hear from ye!
And if you aren’t free on Wednesday but are around earlier or later in the week, still drop us a shout as we’ll make sure to arrange something =)
A lot of discussion has gone on behind the scenes in recent days and weeks regarding the current homeless circumstances of 091 Labs. Some of the discussion has been heated. Laconic quips have been made. Properties have been researched and prospective landlords have been contacted in and around Galway City. The outlook right now is pretty good: We’re close to securing a property in the city centre and negotiations have begun about the letting of the property to 091 Labs. More than that it really isn’t my place to say.
We’ve started to move our books, furniture, electronics and bookish electronic furniture from Exchange House into temporary storage around the city and county. Almost all of the small pieces were moved yesterday afternoon. More is to go in coming days.
And yes, many weeks of summer still lie ahead of us, but inevitably September is going to come and a fresh batch of mundane…first year college students will arrive in Galway. Just like we did in 2010, classes are in tentative planning to be held for them: Electronics, programming, Linux, computer maintenance.
We’re not dead (yet).