Open Data Hack Day this Sat Feb 19th

As part National Engineers Week 091Labs in partnership with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUIG are co-hosting an ‘Open Data Hack Day’ to raise awareness of the benefits publishing Open Data has to offer both public and private organisations.

For example governments collects all kinds of information from TDs and Departmental expenses to information on the health of our economy, environment and society. When governments open this data to the public they create greater opportunities for civic engagement and participation in governing processes.

Why Open Government Data?

In the Free Software and Open Source movement there is an expression coined by Eric Raymond termed ‘Linus Law’ The law states that “given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow”
Likewise by pro-actively publishing data Government invites greater oversight and analysis from civil society. Government can then draw on a broader pool of talent and expertise than that which is solely on the pay role. Greater engagement of civil society in the processes of government create greater opportunities for positive feedback in the form of constructive fact based critique. This is the kind of feedback that spurs innovation in Government. Assisting Government and society at large in adapting in a more dynamic way to our changing world.

The first part of the day (10am – 6pm) will consist of a ‘Hackathon’ at DERI where Coders, Hackers, Web Developers are invited to get together to build applications using ‘Open Data’. (Bring your own Laptop) DERI IDA Business Park Dangan. (First block on the left as you enter the IDA business park)

This will be followed by public presentations from 7pm – 9pm at 091Labs including a keynote on ‘Open Government Data’ and project presentations from the earlier Hackathon. 091 Labs, Exchange House, Fairgreen – (On the corner beside the Revenue Office as you turn in towards the Radison)


Of course there are loads of other great events on in Galway as part of Engineers Week and indeed all over the country.
Tog Hackerspace in Dublin will also be hosting a number of events worth checking out if your in that neck of the woods.
To find out whats happening in your area see

Happy Saint Patricks Day

Thanks to everyone who made our first Android Workshop last night. All of us are new to the Android platform so its going to be a collective voyage of discovery. Our starting point is getting everyone comfortable with the SDK. People shared interesting projects they had encountered todate which ranged from the fields of art to gaming to location based services. With the freedom and flexibility the platform offers it promises to be an interesting journey. Paul was kind enough to offer 091 Labs use of a spare ubuntu box on his server rack which we have gratefully accepted.

We also started the conversation about ideas for our monthly guest speaker series. Recent talks mentioned which inspired were Danah Boyd SXSW talk on Privacy and Publicity, Tim Berners-Lee TED 2010 talk on the year Open Data went worldwide and the IGNITE Dublin series. If you have a particular topic or speaker you would like included in our monthly series then please get in contact and let us know. Lastly wishing everyone a great Saint Patricks Day wherever your spending it – checkout todays special TOG Hackathon to join in the festivities. :)

March 16th Android Workshop

Our next meetup is 7pm Tuesday, March 16th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there. After chatting with participants at the recent X-cake Galway meetup we have decided to start an Android Workshop this week. If the Android platform is new to you then checkout this site – for developers the SDK is available here – if you have never written a line of code in your life before but keen to learn all are welcome.

This coming week is proving to be a busy one within the Irish hackerspace community. TOG are hosting a special St Patricks Day Hackathon encouraging all participants to come up with an Irish themed project. Bitbucket in Dublin have a number of active and planned projects worth checking out. Limerick Hackerspace is starting up an Arduino Workshop – anyone interested should get in contact with Jiri. Hackerspace Cork are making progress and looking for more members to get involved. Onwards.