Aug 28 2011

Introduction to Arduino course starting this Wednesday

Aaron Hastings

This Wednesday at 7pm we will be starting our Introduction to Arduino course. It will run weekly for 3 weeks and will be FREE for both 091 Labs members and the public! You can get by in the first class without many electronic components – attendees can share components like LEDs, resistors, etc. amongst each other for the first week, but is recommended that people buy the necessary components for the next two classes.

The course will be based on the ARDX model, which can (optionally) be purchased at

Most of the components in the above kit can be bought in smaller numbers for a cheaper price, so it would be good to purchase electronics based on the above model (if you don’t want to buy the actual kit). If you do not have an Arduino, we can pair you up with someone who has one.

The relevant wiki page details what you’ll need if you don’t want to buy the full kit.

We’re delighted to kick off the new 091 Labs premises with this complimentary event. If you’d like to spare a few pennies to help with the upkeep of the non-profit 091 Labs we’d be very much obliged :-)

You can sign up for the class below on the sign-up sheet below:

Apr 28 2011

HackerSpace at MindField!

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This weekend the awesome MindField, Festival of Ideas, is happening in Dublin, and there is going to be a real live hackerspace tent as part of it! All the hackerspaces of Ireland are uniting to provide 2.5 days of geeky goodness, so if you ever wanted a chance to taste what hackers are all about, this is it!

As well as events, there will be friendly hackers eager to show you what they are working on, and there’ll be a number of kits, micro controllers and components for sale. 091Labs are bringing an NFC project, LivingThings, so if you have a Nexus phone, be sure to test its NFC functionality on objects in the tent!

It’s free to wander in and about, and only some of the workshops require payment for kits, so no excuse not to visit! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Friday 29th April

6–7.30 pm
The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative
A presentation by Smari McCarthy (

7.45–9.45 pm
Workshop: DIY BIO
With Cathal Garvey (Nexus Hackerspace, Cork).

Saturday 30th April

12–2 pm
Workshop/Presentations: The Joys of 3D Printing
Hosted by Christian Kortenhorst ( with Cathal Garvey (Nexus Cork), Barry O’Donovan (

2–3.30 pm
A presentation by Michel Bauwens (philosopher, P2P Foundation).

3.30-6.30 pm
Workshop: Crazy LED-Eyed Monsters
Crafting, Storytelling and Electronics. Hosted by Ellen Dudley (091 Labs, Galway), and Tina and Alan from Missy Bonkers.

8–9.30 pm
Sharing Trust; Sharing Power
How the Starfish Outlives the Spider with Raffael Kemenczy.

All Day
MindField People Hunt
Interactive iPhone game to discover and talk to interesting people at MindField and win prizes! Keep up to date with leaderboard on screens in HackerSpace. Download free from iTunes: MindField (powered by CrowdScanner, and part of 091Labs).

Sunday 1st May

12–2 pm
Workshop: Introduction to Arduino
With Rob Fitzsimons (TOG).

2–4 pm
Workshop: Strategies for a Sustainable Society
Hosted by Raffael Kemenczy.

4–6 pm
The Instant City: Let’s Make A Place Together
Led by geographer Patricia Wood (York University, Toronto), artist and animator Maeve Clancy and others (TBC).

Apr 12 2011

Calling all future iPhone app developers

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iPhone Development Workshop in 091Labs

iPhone development workshops have been a great success so far, and we’ve had a lot of fun over the past 8 weeks. Together, we learned some objective-c code from the HeadFirst iPhone Development book, built a twitter client, and once we were comfortable in the development environment, we did some brainstorming to create app ideas, and split the group into two teams.

One team is building an iFlyer application, and the other is building 24 Hours in Galway. Both groups have grown to the stage where they are able to continue by themselves, and it helps that both have experienced programmers (of another language) teamed up with new programmers.

The beauty of the Wednesday night is that our teams have somewhere they can come to focus on building, and if they have questions or get stuck, Adrian our iPhone Doctor is here to help, so they can continue to build their dream apps.

Now it’s time to do some new recruitment, so if you have an iPhone/iPad app idea that you are itching to learn how to build, come on down tomorrow night to 091Labs and join us.

All are welcome, including people who:

  • want to learn how to build their own apps from scratch (with or without prior programming knowledge)
  • want a dedicated space to work on their own applications
  • are looking for team mates to build apps with
  • are looking for ideas/advice for apps

It’s from 7pm-10pm, and it’s free, with a recommended donation of 5 euro which goes to pay our rent and electricity at 091Labs.

See you there!


Apr 4 2011

Unity Workshop Postponed

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Hi all,

Sorry for the short notice but I have to postpone this week’s Unity workshop to next week (it’s my partner’s birthday and I hadn’t clicked that the 5th is tomorrow).



Mar 17 2011

Unity Workshop #2

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This coming Tuesday 22nd of March at 6pm is the second in a series of workshops dedicated to game development.

If you didn’t attend the first session, don’t worry, we’ll provide everything you’ll need to catch up.

Game development can be an exciting and creative hobby, and the with rise of tools like Unity it is now easier than ever for one person to develop and release a game.

What is Unity?

Unity is a integrated 3D engine and authoring tool, designed to make game development as quick and easy as possible. Whereas in the past using similar engines/tools has also meant limiting your game in regards to speed, customisation or graphical prowess, Unity gives you a lot of control and a great modern, and fast, 3D engine.
And of course, Unity is also completely free (even if you sell the game).

Who should attend?

Anyone who has interest in game development.
It is expected that those who attend will have, at least, a basic understanding of a programming language (variables, loops, functions etc.).

What will I learn at the workshop?

The workshop aims to develop in participants a broad understanding of game design and implementation concepts such as game play, physics, sound and 3D graphics.
In this first workshop each participant will be creating a basic game along the lines of Marble Madness. All assets (3d models, textures, sounds etc) will be provided.
This will cover the following topics:

  • The Unity Editor Interface
  • Setting up a Project & Scene
  • Using the Inspector
  • Scripting object behaviours using JavaScript*
  • Using Physics (PhysX)
  • Adding Sound
  • Creating the HUD (GUI)

* For simplicity we will using JavaScript during this workshop, however if there is demand I will cover using C# at a later stage. Unity has it’s own JavaScript/C# compilers and all scripts are compiled during the build process (not JIT), increasing the speed of the scripts in-game

What do I need to bring?

A laptop (or PC) capable of running Unity:
Unity itself will be provided on the day, but preinstalling it would be good:

Where and when is the event being held?

At 091 Labs, Tuesday 22nd of March from 6pm to 11pm.

How much does it cost?

The event itself is free, with a suggested donation of €5 to 091 Labs for non-members (to help keep these events going).