As part of 091 Labs’ series of workshops for Irish Hackerspace Week, one event for which we received a great deal of positive feedback was our “Introduction to Linux” class, tutored by Matthew Kolder, Barry Coughlan and Aaron Hastings. The class, which we are looking to hold more of in the future, covered the very basics of Linux and Ubuntu (our Operating System of choice) – installation, initial setup, cool applications and benefits of running Linux over Windows and Mac.
By putting an 091 Labs laptop and an Ubuntu disc in front of each attendee, we guaranteed that everyone could get hands-on with the system, while having comfort in the fact they weren’t messing up their own computer.
A summary of the topics covered can be found on our Wiki, at the following link:
It was a week of laughter, of tears; a moment in time of great hopes and sorrows. Yes friends, it was Irish Hackerspace Week, a week of celebration and promotion for all of the Irish hackerspaces: Galway’s 091 Labs, Dublin’s TOG, Belfast’s HackNI, Limerick’s Hackerspace, and Hackerspace Cork.
At the end of the week? It was a success. 091 Labs hosted some very popular events; 091 Labs hosted some very unpopular events too. There were some hard lessons learned in the importance of groundwork, communication and coordination during Friday night’s Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz. There were some even harder lessons in promotion and scheduling to be learned from Saturday’s Poetry Smackdown and Sunday’s PC Repair Day. The Poetry Smackdown unintentionally clashed with a similar event elsewhere in Galway City, the quiz fell afoul of open source technology and today’s repair day suffered from an uncomfortable proximity with Sunday morning.
Incidentally: The Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz? We won – 091 Labs won. Our victory was impulsively declared in a moment of grandiose self-acclamation because of a complete breakdown in communications with the other involved Hackerspaces. We were left in a queasy limbo, adrift in time and space and unable to determine if indeed another hackerspace scored more correct answers than us. A hasty quorum was met in which it was decided to bless our article of self-held belief, a theorem that simply reads “why yes, TOG got pwnd,” as an official 091 Labs doctrine.
We won, hoo-hah!
So far I’ve talked about failures, but we had out great successes: Gerry Kavanagh’s Asterisk VOIP PBX setup demonstration, Joe Desbonnet’s household hacking, yesterday’s Art After Noon (Katie, Vivian, etc. – please contact me so I can correctly give credit) and solar powered-robots workshop by David McKeown all brought the boys to the yard the public in the door. I’ve personally come away educated. 091 Labs has come away the wiser and with several new members (shout-out!). TOG has presumably come away pwnd in the aftermath of the quiz.
To all of the organizers of the various events: Thank you! You were the women and men who made Irish Hackerspaces Week a reality at 091 Labs.
I have always wanted to have a physical space where I could go and have interesting discussions with people and learn from amazing projects touching a wide range of disciplines, and finally I have it at 091labs.
Tomorrow something really cool is going to happen at the hackerspace: it’s the day when a truly diverse, eclectic mix of people will come together to learn from each other, and everything kicks off at 1 pm.
Emma Creighton’s Jogo project struck me when I first saw it at 3DCamp in Dublin. She built it in a desire to explore different ways that an interactive platform could stimulate physical and social play between adults and children, instead of through the screens of video games. She is coming along and bringing Jogo with her to talk about the process behind it, and how it works.
Dave McKeown from robots.ie spoke twice at Ignite Dublin. He is passionate about exploring the human sense of achievement that comes from creating and making things. He is coming to talk, and he is bringing super cool solar powered robot kits with him, for 10 lucky folk to piece together in the true spirit of people coming together to make things. Make night by day.
If that wasn’t enough, after all that there will be an art performance by local artists and a poetry smack down to top off the evenings events.
Don’t miss out on the day. Come along, get involved, make something, share something, and very importantly have fun!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Richard Conroy has been forced to cancel his talk tonight. In its place, Adrian Avendano will instead be holding a short workshop on the employment of Java in web development.
091 Labs sincerely apologizes for this change of schedule.