TOG Grand Re-Opening

We are delighted to announce our grand reopening. It’s been a long road these last two years. A lot has happened in that time. We’ve moved to a new space in Bluebell and we have been running many of our regular evening events online. During Covid, we’ve missed a couple of birthday parties, umpteen Open Socials and so many of our other regular open events. It’s time now to breakout and have one monster re-opening bash. Come along on Saturday 28th May. The fun kicks off at about 7PM. Spread the word….. tell all your friends and colleagues. Expect food, birthday cake of course, and whatever else we can rustle up. Bring beer, food, gadgets yourself!

If you’ve never been to the space, we’ll be delighted to give you a tour. It’s still a work in progress, but that’s part of the fun of running a hackerspace. We get to build exactly what we want. If you would like to get even more involved and have the full use of our space, we would be delighted to have you as a full member. Membership brings many benefits. TOG has no funding apart from our amazing members monthly subs, so you could really help to keep a roof over our head by getting involved and joining us.

We are located behind Mr Price and the Bright Lights store on Kylemore Road. There is lots of parking available. 

STEM for Sustainable Future (ESF)

It was great to welcome a group from Croatia on a site visit to the space last week. The project is called STEM for Sustainable Future (ESF). An exchange of ideas and practises in both directions. Always fun to talk about our space’s approach to informal education.

Plus it’s always fun to hang out with our friends Radiona / Zagreb Makerspace. We even got the crew from Irish Makers Podcast to turn up. Filming a special episode on making in Croatia with Deborah HusticGoran Mahovlić & Jeffrey Roe making great contributions with host Nathan Wheeler & Vicky Twomey-Lee on 🎥

Makerspace Provision in Dublin Research Report

A recent report has been published by Norman Thompson – Economic Development Researcher, Dublin City Council on makerspaces in the Dublin region. The report goes into detail about the different spaces and what they offer. It is a very interesting read and sets out the current landscape. You can download the report below with the following link.

Carnival of Science

Cork Carnival of Science at Fitzgerald Park features non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, garden games, street cuisine and a packed line-up of live demonstrations, big top shows, hands on workshops and entertainment. Activities will include making batteries, meeting live zoo animals, checking out the inner workings of robots and extracting DNA with free entry for all to enjoy.

Taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June 2022. 

Cork Carnival of Science features seated Big Top shows from RTE’s science show Lets Find Out “Mark the Science Guy” and Science Magic from W5 Belfast. Hands on workshops are offered by the Royal Society of Chemistry, MadLab, Learn it LEGO Education, Bubbly Maths and include. Marquees from Analog Devices feature interactive exhibits and challenges, and you can journey into space with Blackrock Castle Observatory. Throughout the day walk about performances will pop up from Eureka Edinburgh, Dr. Ken and Circus 250. Activity stands will be provided by Lifetime Lab, UCC Chemistry, UCC School of BEES, Fota Wildlife Park, Tyndall, Cork Sports Partnership and many many more.

We will be leaving Dublin and heading to Cork to showcase a range of maker-related projects and DIY culture. We will have interactive projects for visitors to try out and get hands on. See you all in Cork.

Repair Café Round Up

An event that was months in the works took place last week. We have been working on bringing a RepairCafe back to Dublin and it turned out brilliantly.

We had 36 items in for repair over the course of the day. Each one had a story and history behind it. Our visitors didn’t want to see it just end up in landfill. They wanted to see the items live on.

There were significant costs such as additional insurance, a PAT tester and PAT training. Without support from the @Accenture_Irl funding on the @ChangexHQ platform, it would not have been possible. Thanks to them we could put on this event. #AccentureSustainabilityChallenge

We also need to thank our local @RSIreland for the consumables that were used in many of the electronic/electrical repairs.

Lastly, we need to say thanks to all the fixers. We had both members of @TOG_Dublin and non-members helping out on the day. Without you, it would have just been an empty room. We will see you all at the next cafe in three months.

Check out more photos in our gallery from the event.

Dublin Maker 2022 – Open Call

Dublin Maker is returning this summer! In person. It will be their tenth year.

For those who might be unfamiliar with Dublin Maker, it’s a creative carnival of show and tell. The open call for this year’s Dublin Maker is now open to anyone who makes anything. They are open to all inventors, makers, hackers and creators. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast or a creative crafter we’d love for you to apply for a place at our biggest Dublin Maker yet.

Each year, they welcome educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors and we want you to be part of it. The open call will run until May 29th.

We are super proud to be a supporting organization and helping make this great event going.