Hackerspace Week workshop: Writing Light

I’m only 24 slides in and I’ve already garnered a mention in today’s issue of the Galway Independent as part of their larger article on 091 Labs. This is a scary level of obligation.

On Sunday August 15 coming, I (email) will be at the Labs for a 6pm talk on the history of the camera obscura, the historical precursors of photography, the evolution of photography as its own art, the modern state of photography and what its future paths and perils might be.

Also: Build your own camera obscura to take home with you at the end of the night! Reenact your carefree childhood days with craft scissors and paper glue.

Admission and Pre-booking

Members: Free!
Unwaged/Student: €8
General Public: €10

You can find the full details of this and 091 Labs’ other Irish Hackerspace Week workshops on our public calendar.

Converting a PC Power Supply to a workbench power supply

To all of you electronics heads out there, you’re probably aware that workbench power supplies that can give you the common 5V/9V/12V outputs are pretty expensive.

Gerry Kavanagh will be running a workshop on converting the Power Supply from an old PC into a workbench power supply, a very useful tool for anyone into electronics.

ATX Bench Supply

What would cost you €70+ in the shops can be built for around €15 worth of parts if you have an old PSU lying around.

The workshop will take on Friday August 20th from 11am to 1pm.

Admission and Pre-booking

As we have to buy the materials in advance, please be sure to pre-book for this workshop by Sunday August 15th. Pre-book by using the contact form (just to let us know you’re attending). If paying through Paypal use the ‘Donate’ button to your left add 5% to the cost for Paypal fees. If paying by cash let us know in the contact form and we’ll arrange that.

Admission (includes cost of materials ~15 euro):
Members: €18
Unwaged/Student: €22
General Public: €25

Full details of the workshop are on our calendar here.

Irish Hackerspaces Week

The first annual Irish Hackerspaces Week runs from August 14th – 22nd. It is an opportunity for hackerspaces across the island to showcase innovative projects within their local communities from the fields of Arts, Science and Technology. If you are in Dublin over that week then checkout the TOG timetable of events. Events for Belfast, Cork and Limerick are also in the planning stages. 091 Labs are delighted to announce the following timetable of events. More details on each are available on our events page.

Update: Household Hacking event added. See events page for more details. Social night will be 6.30pm instead of 7pm as usual

Sunday, August 15
6:00pm: Photography! (Mark Grealish)
7:00pm: Short films screening

Monday, August 16
6:00pm  Web development : eroku/cloud computing, sinatra & ruby (Richard Conroy)
7:00pm  Introduction to Linux (Matthew Kolder)

Tuesday, August 17
6:30pm Social Night
8:00pm Household hacking : Consumer goods with computer ports (Joe Desbonnet)

Wednesday, August 18
7:00pm PC Building Workshop (Matthew Kolder)

Thursday, August 19
7:00pm Building an Asterisk PBX (Gerry Kavanagh)

Friday, August 20
11:00am Repurposing an ATX power supply as a bench supply. (Gerry Kavanagh)
6:30pm  Open Licencing, Peer Production and Social Change (Kevin Flanagan)
8:00pm  Synchronous Hackerspace Quiz

Saturday, August 21
1:00pm  Jogo: An explorative design for free play (Emma Creighton)
2:30pm  Robots.ie : Solar powered robots and Make Night (David McKeown)
4:00pm  Art After Noon
7:00pm  Poetry Smackdown

Sunday, August 22
12:00pm PC/Laptop fixing day (Fundraiser)

Busy month ahead

Its proving to be a busy time of the year on the domestic hackerspace scene. Cork moved into their new home in July, Limerick are actively recruiting new members and TOG in Dublin have completed a 2 month refurbishment of their new home on Chancery Lane (before, during and after videos here). August sees the first annual Irish Hackerspace Week take place August 14th-22nd. Events and workshops are being organised by each location to promote hackerspaces throughout the country. We are busy finalising details of our workshops, events and talks which will be announced next Monday.

On the local Galway front things are continuing apace. NUIG plays host to this years International BlogTalk 2010 Conference on August 25th-26th. The organisers have pulled together another great lineup of speakers with the full schedule here. Tickets for the event are still available for those interested in attending. 091 Labs is delighted to host Galways first IGNITE event in Galway on September 10th. There are still slots available for speakers and sponsors. BizCamp Galway takes place on September 11th in NUIG so it promises to be a very special weekend. In closing we would like to thank the Ubuntu Ireland team for sending on desktop and server disks for our space which arrived in time for our build your own pc workshops!