NUIG Bot Wars this Weekend

NUIG CompSoc’s annual event, BOT WARS, will be taking place this weekend. Starting at 10am in Áras na Mac Léinn and over the course of the two days there’ll be battling of killer robots, video games, Rock Band, films, a gaming night in Squareyes and a Lego NXT robot Design-Build-Code challenge suitable for both total beginners and master programmers alike!

There’ll be a Halo Tournament on the Saturday morning with a Modern Warfare 2 tournament in the afternoon. On the Saturday there’ll also be free pizza to all attendees. For the keen roboteers, we’ll be doing the Lego robot Design-Build-Code all day Saturday and you can drop in and out of the DBC to go gaming if you like – it’s up to you!

On Saturday night they’ll be heading to Squareyes for some LAN gaming and afterwards hitting the town and having a good old fashioned Galway night out.

The next morning there’ll be the warmups for the main event, BOT WARS. Alongside that, there’ll be tournaments in Xbox games made by two CompSoc members. Then there will be battling of KILLER ROBOTS!

Both days there’ll be movies for those who want to chill out.

The event is open to the public and it’s only €5 for a whole weekend pass and just €2 if you’re attending AkumaKon.

Below is a link to the schedule for the whole weekend:

If you’re interested in attending, check out and RSVP to our Facebook event here:


The Eclectic day at the Labs.

I have always wanted to have a physical space where I could go and have interesting discussions with people and learn from amazing projects touching a wide range of disciplines, and finally I have it at 091labs.

Tomorrow something really cool is going to happen at the hackerspace: it’s the day when a truly diverse, eclectic mix of people will come together to learn from each other, and everything kicks off at 1 pm.

Emma Creighton’s Jogo project struck me when I first saw it at 3DCamp in Dublin. She built it in a desire to explore different ways that an interactive platform could stimulate physical and social play between adults and children, instead of through the screens of video games. She is coming along and bringing Jogo with her to talk about the process behind it, and how it works.

Dave McKeown from spoke twice at Ignite Dublin. He is passionate about exploring the human sense of achievement that comes from creating and making things. He is coming to talk, and he is bringing super cool solar powered robot kits with him, for 10 lucky folk to piece together in the true spirit of people coming together to make things. Make night by day.

If that wasn’t enough, after all that there will be an art performance by local artists and a poetry smack down to top off the evenings events.

Don’t miss out on the day. Come along, get involved, make something, share something, and very importantly have fun!