April Book Club

The next meeting of the TOG Book Club is 7:30pm, Friday 25th April 2014, and we’ll be reading The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

The Quantum Thief is the debut science fiction novel by Hannu Rajaniemi and the first novel in a planned trilogy featuring Jean le Flambeur. It was published in Britain by Gollancz in 2010, and by Tor in 2011 in the US. It is a heist story, set in a futuristic solar system, that features a protagonist modeled on Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief of Maurice Leblanc.

The novel was nominated for the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel, and was second runner-up for the 2011 Campbell Memorial Award.

Big thanks to everyone who came to our February Book Club and read The Bridge by Ian Banks.

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

TOG Wins A 3D Printer

Thanks to LulzBot, TOG is getting a shiny new TAZ 3D printer!

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LulzBot TAZ

TOG’s entry in their giveaway described how we could create 3D printed parts for the TwitterKnitter – and then share the designs so that anyone with a knitting machine like ours could print a TwitterKnitter add-on. LulzBot, who are all about open hardware, liked the idea enough to select TOG as one of 12 winners. We’re anxiously waiting for the TAZ to arrive and planning more printed projects…

Dublin Maker Open Call

DublinMakerWe are very proud to be supporting this year’s Dublin Maker. Taking place on the 26th of July in TCD, its set to be a showcase of makers from Ireland and beyond . They have just opened their open call for makers. Find the out call here.

Sandymount Repair Cafe Recap

Some of our members helped out the first Sandymount Repair Cafe. A fun day helping people repair lots of different items and parting knowledge along the way. Culture File from RTE Lyric FM captured the feeling on the day with a lovely podcast.

Give it a listen here and check out some of our photos from the day in our gallery.

Open Street Map Hack Day

TOG is hosting an 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. :)

Details

The event is scheduled to run from 12noon until about 6pm on Saturday 8th March 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 memebers of 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 and held talks about OSM. TOG itself has been mapped on OSM for years, and when we moved to new premesis, the location was updated. :)

Engineer’s Week: Bridge Building Competition Winner

EngineersWeekLogo2014-mediumWe had a fantastic day at the Science Gallery with over 50 people taking part in our  competition. We had a great talk from Anthony McGuinness about Dublin City Council‘s Bridges of Dublin project. Next up was Robert Dowdall and Colin Keogh from IMechE explaining the engineering concepts behind bridge design. Their talk certainly made an impact . We had all sorts of different shapes  , sizes and designs of bridges. Check out our gallery for photos from the event. -> photos

Design Winner

This team of beavers and cubs from Donabate scout group won the Best Design Prize.
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Weight Winner

This winning team created a bridge that held 41kg with no sign of breaking. The team took the bridge home with a plan to see what the maximum weight it could take.
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The second place bridge held a weight of 40kg. The third place bridge Frack’n’bridge held a weight of 28kg.

 

This event was only made possible with the time given by our volunteers and support from the following organisation TOG, Science Gallery, Engineers IrelandInstitution of Mechanical Engineers, Young Engineers Society and Dublin City Council.