Week of Diaspora

This week belongs to Maxwell, Daniel, Raphael, Ilya and their Diaspora project. In 12 days they reached their target of $10,000 for a summer project to build an open source personal web server that will put individuals in control of their data. As of today donations are up to $142k with 18 days still remaining. There are a number of projects already in existence to build upon – FOAF and SIOC are two worth checking out. If you guys want to learn more about them have a chat with John Breslin when he is next in NYC on June 3rd. We will follow your Diaspora project with interest over the summer!

Thanks to everyone who made this weeks meetup. With some members getting exams out of the way this month its time to focus on getting a place to call our own in June. This will be discussed at our next community meetup 7pm Tuesday, May 18th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. Upcoming events this weekend worth mentioning are Drupal Camp Ballyvaughan which runs May 15th-16th. Our friends at TOG are running a synchronicity hackathon May 15th – 16th. We will sign off this week by wishing Cathal and Niamh who are getting married this weekend good health, happiness and hacking all the days of your lives!

Two new streams

Thanks to everyone who made our Community Meetup last night. We discussed a number of potential streams to get up and running within our sandbox. After looking at each proposal we have decided on two new streams to sit alongside our Android stream.

The first is an Arduino stream which our newest member Dara will lead over the coming weeks. It was an easy choice after being inspired by our recently attended Mitch Altman and Jimmie P. Rodgers Electronic Workshop at the Science Gallery hosted by TOG and Robots.ie. The second is a Game Development stream which like the Android stream will be a collective voyage of discovery given interested members are new to the space but keen to learn more.

A third potential stream will need further discussion with Sebastian and members of the Galway LUG before proceeding further. Hopefully they will be able to make our next community meetup 7pm Tuesday, April 13th at the Galway Bakery Company. We now have 4 entries for our new logo design competition. All entries received on or before April 30th will be shared here. If your feeling creative get in contact with your 2 color entry.

March 30th Android Workshop

Our next meetup is 7pm Tuesday, March 30th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. This is our third Android Workshop with a couple of projects already up and running in our sandbox. The next X-Cake Galway Meetup takes place at GTC on April 7th. Anyone interested in speaking or demoing their apps on the night should contact Vinny Coyne. A list of this years winners from last nights 2010 Irish Blog Awards is available here.

Open Science and Open Space are two areas that hackerspaces are making previously specialist fields more accessible, collaborative and interconnected. Rob Carlson’s May 2005 Wired article titled Splice it Yourself got the conversation underway on Garage Biology. Since then a global movement has emerged around DIYbio. His Tea with The Economist interview and recently released Biology is Technology are recommended checking out. Spacehack is a directory of ways to participate in space exploration. Ariel Waldman has a great post titled Hacking Space with Hackerspaces and helium. We look forward to adding Arts to the mix and seeing what we might do with the creative communities based in Galway.

UPDATE : tdr from TOG shared a link in the comments below to a recent Internet Audio Network interview with Sacha De’Angeli (twitter). He talks about how hackerspaces are forwarding real science and encourages people to get out of their garages and into a hackerspace.

Doacracy and making your future

Thanks to everyone who made our second Android workshop a great success last night. Participants are still playing around with the development tools and sample code. Some initial project ideas were discussed with Project Breadcrumb already starting to take shape in our sandbox. The reverse Q&A format worked particularly well and will be used to cover all topics for future open community gatherings.

Thanks to Mitch Altman, Jimmie P Rodgers, Robots.ie and TOG for hosting an inspiring Electronic Workshop at the Science Gallery last night. Mitch is co-founder of Noisebridge in San Francisco and generously shared his experiences throughout the day on subjects ranging from creating a culture of Doacracy to facilitating safe open spaces. This 4 minute video from Andrew David Watson at Hive 76 in Philadelphia shares Mitch’s passion for making your future.

We also got the opportunity to visit TOG enroute and learn more about their journey over the last year. Adrian grabbed a picture of one TOG project which would be a welcome addition to any international art gallery. They told us about two new projects which merit sharing. The first is Irish Robotics Club Make Night held monthly in the Science Gallery which encourage hobbists from all fields to come by and make anything. The next Make Night is 6pm – 9pm Wednesday, March 31st and admission is free. The second is Open Jam being held on March 27th at Enterprise Ireland’s Head Office, The Plaza, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3. Register here for those interested in attending.

March 23rd Android Workshop

This coming week is a busy one on a number of fronts. Our second Android Workshop takes place at 7pm Tuesday, March 23rd at the Galway Bakery Company. It will give participants an opportunity to hold a reverse Q&A on the SDK based on their experiences over the last week. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. Some of us are heading to Dublin for the Mitch Altman and Jimmie P Rodgers Electronic Workshop at the Science Gallery. We also hope to pay a visit to TOG enroute.

Hotel Meyrick plays host to Twestival Galway on March 25th. If you are free on the day try and swing by to support a very worthy cause. 091 Labs is contributing a small prize for the raffle on the night. This years Irish Blog Awards are being held in the Radisson Hotel, Galway at 8:00pm Saturday, March 27th. Tickets are still available for the event for those interested. Looking forward to meeting participants at all of the above events!