Over the past two weeks member’s of TOG have been giving talks on creating Hackerspaces around Ireland .
Wow! What a week in TOG. For Engineers Week we ran nine events over seven days. Throughout the week we had sixty nine people attending talks and workshops covering radio , pcb’s, arduino , robots and soldering . It has been a great success for all involved, for many participants it was their first time visiting TOG, many found the talks and workshops a great avenue to furthering their interests. Visitors were encouraged by the ethos of the hackerspace and enjoyed the “hack to learn” aspect of the community.
Throughout the coming year TOG will be continuing to host a number of events to foster innovation in science, technology, modern culture and creative arts.
I’m just back from the space where we meet with Eric Michaud from Pumping Station: One in Chicago. He’s giving a talk to Skynet (the University of Limerick Computer Society) in Limerick on Saturday and stopped by to visit TOG.
We had a good laugh in the space and over food in Pifco’s, we also talked about the differences and similarities in the way we run our hackerspaces. One point Eric made is that we need to make a much bigger effort in trying to promote our space and the activities in it. An important philosophy we should follow is “Just f**king do IT!!”, don’t let the fear of embarrassment or failure hold you back, don’t waste time thinking about it, just do it.
During the discussion we also worked on a Lego prototype of our robot entry for the RobotChallenge in Vienna next year, we’re going to work on it more over the weekend during the Hackathon.