Accepted to Dublin Maker



DublinMakerJust a quick update to let you all know that we have be accepted to take part in this year’s Dublin Maker.  The event takes place on the 26th of July in the grounds of Trinity College Dublin. We are really going all out this year with our projects and ideas.

Some listed below.

  • Interactive Self Stirring Spoon in a tea cup
  • The Tachyonic Antitelephone aka Time machine
  • Fabric cadaver that has removable body parts
  • TwitterKnitter v2
  • Brainwave headset, listen to your brain or 3D Print them
  • RFID controlled robot arm
  • Morse Code to Twitter device
  • Giant ride on Duck

June 2014 Book Club

The next meeting of the TOG Book Club is 7:30pm, Friday 27th June 2014, and we’ll be reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is a 2005 dystopian science fiction novel by Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro. It was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize, for the 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award and for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award

Big thanks to everyone who came to our May Book Club and read Embassytown by China Miéville.

All are welcome to come and chat about the book (members & non-members).

Tech Week 2014 – Videos

On Thursday 1st May 2014, TOG hosted a night of talks for Tech Week. Nearly all the talks were recorded, and are on our YouTube Playlist. Apologies for the lighting in some, we are still finding our feet when it comes to videoing talks in TOG.

Introduction to Open Source by Rory McCann

How to pretend you know stuff about stuff by Sinead McDonald

Blender and the Creative Space by Jamie O’Leary

Spammers hate him! How one weird trick can keep your accounts secure online by Diarmaid McManus

The battery for the video camera ran out a few minutes into this talk.

Made It Aoife Crowley & Mary Plunkett
Unfortunately the battery in the video camera was empty, so this talk wasn’t recorded.

All Tech Week talks at TOG. Other videos from TOG

Open Street Map Hack Day

TOG is hosting another OpenStreetMap hack day/meet up/barcamp! OSM members will meet up in Dublin and do open street mappy stuff on laptops in TOG. Like an indoor mapping party / hack day / social meet up / barcamp.

What is OpenStreetMap?

OpenStreetMap is a world wide, open content map. It’s Wikipedia meets Google Maps.

If you’d like to learn more about OpenStreetMap, come along! Want to start mapping your local area, and want help? Come along! Want to find out how to use the low level OpenStreetMap data? Come along! This event is open to all, TOG members, non-TOG-members, general public, hardcore OSM mappers, and OSM newbies.

If you’re an OSM mapper and would like come, but not sure what to do, don’t worry we have loads of townlands to map. :)


The event is scheduled to run from 12noon until about 6pm on Sunday 25th May 2014. However there is not a fixed schedule so feel free to drop in or out whenever you want.

There is no charge. The event is open to TOG members and the general public. Rory is the point of contact for the event. We’ll probably go for some beers or something that evening. You aren’t required to bring anything, but that will limit what you can do. I’d suggest bringing a laptop or something. TOG has free wifi.

TOG & OpenStreetMap

TOG has hosted a mapping party, held talks about OSM and hosted a previous hack day in March 2014.

Introduction to the Julia Language

Julia_(programming_language)_logo (1)Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing environments such as MATLAB.

The workshop will cover the basics of Julia (basic operations, Data objects and control statements) , and only basic coding experience is required for it. Then we will be using it to tackle some numerical computation problems (i.e. Project Euler Questions). As it’s an opensource language, all you need to participate is a laptop with Julia studio installed (or the language and your favourite editor).

The course will be run by Kevin O’Brien who is an experienced R instructor and has run classes with us before on R and ggplot2.

The workshop will take place from 4pm to 6pm on Saturday May 24th. The cost will be €10 for non members, with all proceeds going to supporting TOG.
If you would like to sign up, please complete the form below.
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Artek Circle

image3015Artek Circle is a new event to get designers, artists and engineers working together in new and integrated ways. The idea is for the participants to create new work / objects that is more that the sum of its parts though collaboration with each other.

The event is over two days from the 10th-11th May 2014, in the Project Arts Centre, Temple bar. We are delighted to be hosting the late night hack session of the event. For more information and sign up check out