Mar 28 2010

March 30th Android Workshop

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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.


Mar 24 2010

Doacracy and making your future

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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.


Mar 21 2010

March 23rd Android Workshop

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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!


Mar 17 2010

Happy Saint Patricks Day

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Thanks to everyone who made our first Android Workshop last night. All of us are new to the Android platform so its going to be a collective voyage of discovery. Our starting point is getting everyone comfortable with the SDK. People shared interesting projects they had encountered todate which ranged from the fields of art to gaming to location based services. With the freedom and flexibility the platform offers it promises to be an interesting journey. Paul was kind enough to offer 091 Labs use of a spare ubuntu box on his server rack which we have gratefully accepted.

We also started the conversation about ideas for our monthly guest speaker series. Recent talks mentioned which inspired were Danah Boyd SXSW talk on Privacy and Publicity, Tim Berners-Lee TED 2010 talk on the year Open Data went worldwide and the IGNITE Dublin series. If you have a particular topic or speaker you would like included in our monthly series then please get in contact and let us know. Lastly wishing everyone a great Saint Patricks Day wherever your spending it – checkout todays special TOG Hackathon to join in the festivities. :)


Mar 14 2010

March 16th Android Workshop

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Our next meetup is 7pm Tuesday, March 16th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. After chatting with participants at the recent X-cake Galway meetup we have decided to start an Android Workshop this week. If the Android platform is new to you then checkout this site – for developers the SDK is available here – if you have never written a line of code in your life before but keen to learn all are welcome.

This coming week is proving to be a busy one within the Irish hackerspace community. TOG are hosting a special St Patricks Day Hackathon encouraging all participants to come up with an Irish themed project. Bitbucket in Dublin have a number of active and planned projects worth checking out. Limerick Hackerspace is starting up an Arduino Workshop – anyone interested should get in contact with Jiri. Hackerspace Cork are making progress and looking for more members to get involved. Onwards.