Tuesday Open Night 8 April 2014

091 Labs weekly Tuesday open night is tonight. The open discussion on simple OOP for novice programmers continues, this week small apps will be built with Processing. Some electronics projects will also be worked on and there will be some 3D Printing demos.

join us for a coffee and see what we are all about. Activities as diverse as electronics, knitting, papercraft, carpentry, board games and more. Come along, join us for a coffee and see what we are all about! All welcome.

Ignite Galway #8

Ignite is a event in over 100 cities worldwide. At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. Come down to Kelly’s bar on 27 of March at 20:00 for Ignite Galway #8.


Event Info

Galway Home Brewers Club meeting – Wednesday, August 29

The Galway Home Brewers Club will be having their monthly meeting for the second time in 091 Labs on Wednesday, August 29 at 7pm. Last month’s meet up was a big success, with home brewers flocking from all over Galway to discuss the art of brewing. On display were some wonderful homemade ales, lagers, stouts, pilseners, ciders, wines and meads. Needless to say, we sampled each others’ wares.

The Galway Home Brewers Club is open to everyone interested in brewing, whether you’ve been doing it as long as you can remember or if you’re just curious and looking to start out. The members can offer you some great advice and explain where to begin.

You can check out the Galway Home Brewers Club’s Facebook page at the link below:

CloudBusting 2012 – September 14th: Promoting a culture of openness around engineering

The following is a guest post by Damien Joyce

However you feel about the huge sum of money Facebook spent on a company with no revenue, the fact remains that Instagram is a huge success story for cloud computing and is a great example of how the cloud can be used effectively for scalability, when going from 0 to 80,000,000 users in just 18 months. Instagram’s co-founder, Kevin Systrom, apparently had no formal programming training; he’s a marketer/product guy who learned to code by night! But he was passionate and focused on his product right from the start as you can hear in this excellent interview that he did with Robert Scoble in 2010.

Instagram’s extraordinary success is also great tale about the culture of the Bay Area tech scene and recently co-founder Mike Krieger described their journey. Check out the slides from his talk where he mentions to “Surround yourself with awesome advisors” and promote a “Culture of openness around engineering“. With that culture firmly in mind (I know the piece Tom Murphy wrote a few years ago on Galway possibly being a new kind of San Fran resonated with people) and continuing with our user group activity, we have a FREE day-long tech event in association with the GMIT, ITAG and supported by HP taking place on Friday, September 14th and hosted on the GMIT campus.

CloudBusting will be a “cross-over” day, with over 20 sessions covering aspects of the Cloud spread across 5 tracks on start-ups, DevOps, web, social media, and music. The keynote speaker is Dave Allen, foundational member of post punk band, Gang Of Four.

Dave is Director, Interactive Strategy at North, Inc and an Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Brand Strategy at the University of Oregon and has some interesting ideas, experiences on music, design, UX, technology, and on the web in general with what he refers to as “thinking about Webism”.

The plan is that attendees will go away from CloudBusting with the understanding of what is necessary for the different ways to architect, develop and deploy applications and IT solutions in the cloud but also that they leave with some food for thought for working on the web in general.

All details for the event are available on the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CloudBusting2012 (Note you don’t need a Facebook account) including a stellar speakers list and a link to the Eventbrite page for registration.

Recent additions to the speaker list include Josh Holmes, Stephen Nelson Smith, Bob Duffy, and Jan Jongboom from Cloud9 who have a IDE for the cloud aimed at Javascript developers. Check out the Robert Scoble interview last year on their company for more background on what they do.

Also, Claudio Perrone, who is an excellent speaker and LEAN practitioner. He will be the opening keynote speaker for the Italian Agile Day conference in November.

There will be also be an after-party in Kelly’s Bar that night with emerging Irish music talent including Sive, Twin Terrace, and ImYourVinyl.

Is there an appetite for a day of technology in Galway? I hope so and would love to see the event supported across the tech ecosystem in Galway.

If you can’t attend, maybe you can support CloudBusting by promoting through your social networks?

Also, don’t forget to keep up to date with what is happening by following the ITAG Twitter stream @itag_ie and ITAG: The Information Technology Association of Galway LinkedIn group.

Damien is a business technologist working for Hewlett Packard interested in Tech, Social Media and all things LFC (Liverpool Football club) related. Also an all too occasional music blogger with a passion for good music.

SUIT UP! for Ignite Galway – Thursday, October 13th – 8.30pm until late

Ever want to go an event to get inspired by passionate people who share their ideas over a pint? That’s exactly how Ignite talks works and, since their creation in 2006, they have spanned the world showcasing new thinking and inspiring stories with some of the most random entertainment along the way.

Ignite Galway returns on Thursday, October 13th, with doors opening at 8.30pm and speakers from 9pm, in the classy surroundings of Upstairs at Kelly’s Bar, Bridge Street, Galway and happens to coincide with International Suit Up Day, a light-hearted global event spawned from the hit TV show ‘How I Met Your Mother’ encouraging people to get together with friends, SUIT UP! and go have the craic.

Ignite speakers have to get their idea across in 5 minutes flat with only aided by twenty projected slides that will auto-advance every 15 seconds. There is no time for waffle.

The caliber of the speakers arranged for Ignite Galway is guaranteed to fire your imagination and the night will have some live music thrown in as well! Have a look below at the tremendous speakers lined up for Thursday:

  • Mike Hennelly, juggler, scientist, and the man responsible for Galway Zombie Walk will talk on more ways to raise for charity than you could shake a bucket at.
  • Allan Cavanagh, (@AllanCavanagh) Galway-based cartoonist with contributions to papers and magazines both at home and abroad, he has more than a passing interest in politics. In his talk ‘POLITICS (YAWN)’, he will be looking at conventional notions of politics, and why he disagrees with them.
  • Michael Madden, (@michaelgmadden) NUIG lecturer, veteran of Ignite Dublin, and father of 3 is speaking on ‘Probably Approximately Confused’ – how it is so difficult for people to reliably estimate and reason with probability, even for those whose job it is!
  • Finn Delaney, (@finndelaney) senior archaeologist for Eachtra will discuss the rise and fall of archaeology through the boom and bust and today’s technology. ‘Archaeology 2.0’ – It’s not your parents’ Time Team anymore!
  • Oisin Greaney, (@UshG) occasional pirate, bookseller and 091 Labs member will talk on Transhumanism, how technological innovation is changing mankind and what the future brings.
  • Máiréad Ní Chróinín, (@MaireadNC) artist in residence at Nun’s Island Theatre and the mind behind the energetic ‘Galway loves Theatre’ event will be talking about the various types of performances that use mobile phones.
  • Frantisek Apfelbeck, (@algoldor) Alaskan fisherman, Genetic Engineer and alumni of Noisebridge hackerspace San Francisco wants to tell you more about ‘Life Foods’ and the effect of probiotics and prebiotics on the human body.
  • Evert Bopp, (@thenext100k) start-up mentor, trainer, wifi guy, founder of Greenhouse Ireland and Haiti Connect, and avid Twitter user will be explaining ‘The value of data in disaster response’.

Ignite Galway is a fundraising event for 091 Labs. Any money raised will go towards the upkeep of the space to help us stay open during the cold winter months.

Ignite Galway is for anyone who wants to laugh, talk and be inspired. Whether you want to start your own business, discover local luminaries, have a wild and wonderful sense of curiosity, or simply fancy a decent night out; this is the event for you. Admission is €5, suits are optional and the enlightenment is free!