Many people ask us what the best thing is about having a makerspace in Galway city. Without even a blip of hesitation, our answer is always the thriving and exciting arts community. We’re excited to share with you a mobile gaming app from our friends at Galway Loves Theatre. It’s called G Loves T, and it looks a little bit special.
According to the website, “It’s part treasure hunt, part code-breaking, part puzzle-solving. It will be played online and around Galway from July 4th – 23rd.” The game involves collecting clues hidden on websites, forums and around Galway City, combining some of the latest (some might even say bizarre) trends in social networking, like geocaching and QR codes. A good old fashioned treasure hunt brought to the virtual world? I’m in!
The game is launching right in time for Galway Arts Festival 2011, so go on over to Galway Loves Theatre’s website and sign yourself up!
Thanks to everyone who made this weeks meetup. A lively conversation took place about the FUD surrounding the fragmentation of the iPhone and Android platforms. Anthony and Bill recommended watching coverage of Google I/O 2010 and spoke about various apps currently in development for the Android platform. With the growing number of Android handsets among members it was suggested we setup an 091 Labs alpha tester group. Mark and Ush spoke about their experiences with open game development engines and where things are heading. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, June 15th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.
Some of us went along to TEDxGalway on Friday which was well organized by Iain MacLaren and his team. Astrophysicist Mike Redfern kicked things off channeling Galileo, historian Aileen Fyfe spoke about the repurposing of technology during the Victorian steam driven information revolution, dramatist Lionel Pilkington spoke about performance and performativity, poet Louis de Paor, piper Ronan Browne and singer Naisrín Elsafty recreated a seamless live performance of their studio mashup project, Abhay Pandit spoke about the modern day challenges of designing and building biomaterials, Jenny Beale spoke about her creation of Brigit’s Garden and Lokesh Joshi brought TEDxGalway to a close by topping up everyones sugar levels with a great talk on Glycoscience.
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.
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.
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.
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!