June 15th Meetup


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 NaisrĂ­n 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.

Best way to predict our future is make it


Many thanks to everyone that made our weekly meetup. Dara demoed his arduino and the cube kit he built to use with it. We spent half the meetup talking about how it worked, what it could be used for and how 091 labs could make their own for a couple of euros! People leaving were talking about digging out their old lego and meccano kits and seeing how they might be repurposed with an arduino. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, May 25th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

If you are in Dublin on May 25th join David McKeown at the 4th Make Night 6-8pm at the Science Museum. Congratulations to Iain MacLaren on tickets for TEDxGalway selling out in 24 hours. We need to chat with Iain about getting a Spacehack stream going at 091 Labs later this year. Tom Murphy shared a very timely link to a one-on-one interview with Dale Dougherty. Great to see Nick Bilton tuning his NYT readers into the maker community. Looking forward to Maker Faire Ireland happening some day in the not too distant future. After all the best way to predict our future is make it.

May 11th Meetup


Many thanks to transformative tech thinker and writer Tom Murphy for taking an interest in what we are doing. His post over on SocialMedia.net and the conversations it has started are very much appreciated. Thanks to everyone who made last nights meetup. Our two newest additions to 091 Labs shared their projects with us. Ernestas demoed his web based RTS game currently in development and Kevin told us about his upcoming exhibit at the Galway Arts Centre. Our next community meetup is 7pm Tuesday, May 11th at the Galway Bakery Company. Come upstairs to the back section when you arrive and we will order from there.

Congrats to our friends at TOG on their newly acquired MakerBot! Assembly photos of their 3D printer are here for those interested. Good to see a Joomla enthusiasts monthly meetup has started in Galway. Some of us are going along to the xCake Galway Apps Workshop at GTC tonight. There is also a Galway Python meetup at the Westwood Hotel tonight. Best of luck to those entering this years Google Code Jam with qualifying rounds this Friday and Saturday. Iain MacLaren has confirmed June 11th for TEDxGalway. Admission is free but places are limited to 100 so be sure to register your interest early if you want to attend.