TOG 3.0 is coming to an end! We are giving away loads of good stuff, and any donation (big or small) will go to the moving and fit-out costs for TOG 4.0. Items range from kitchen paraphernalia, craft supplies, electronics, and office furniture. We want to avoid as much sending it to landfill.
We will be open for people to drop by on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of July from 11:00 am till 6:00 pm.
Please share with anyone you think would be interested.
Social distancing rules apply, you must wear a mask and the number of people admitted into the building will be limited in line with current restrictions.
We are delighted to team up with the Festival of Curiosity to bring you all an Air Quality sensor workshop. The Festival of Curiosity is Dublin’s annual festival of science, arts, design, and technology. We will be introducing the power of the Sensor.Community and how to join this great CitizenScience project. For details of the event follow the link below.
The Makers is a documentary film in which a number of makers share their personal journeys as makers. Every maker has a different story to tell, a different set of circumstances, and a specific and unique personal path to where they are now. What unites them all is the satisfaction that comes of following their dreams, finding their space, realising their true passions. This film is a celebration of that and a tribute to all those who find their sense of belonging through finding themselves.
We are proud to have three of our members and our space featured.
We have been given notice on our current home, TOG 3.0 at 22 Blackpitts, with 31 July 2021 as our last day. Right now we have no new premises to move to, and with the current rental situation in Dublin, we need all the help we can get to find our new home!
How you can help TOG:
Do you know of an available building that could be TOG 4.0?
Do you have contacts who could help us find that new home?
Do you know of an organization that we could partner with on a space?
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What does TOG 4.0 need?
Ideally light industrial/workshop space with facilities with potential for common room, kitchen, classroom etc
At least 150sqm (?)
Easy access via public transport or walking distance from the city centre
Safe and accessible for our members and the wider community
We are a community hackerspace/makerspace located in Dublin City Centre founded in 2009. We are a place where people can go to make things in a supportive and creative atmosphere. Where people can go along and pick up a new skill or have access to equipment to make their project a reality. Most importantly it’s a community space.
We are a non-profit, non-commercial group funded by our members. We are a very diverse group of makers with strong software, hardware and engineering skills as well as arts and design skills. In our Blackpitts space, we have the room, tools and equipment to work in all
of these areas. We range in age from students to retired. We have members with decades of experience in work and industry. We also host and attend external events such as Hackathons, Dublin Maker events for Science Week, Engineers Week and a range of other STEM outreach
events. A strong social, networking and ideas exchange scene is also part of our membership and the wider public. We are open to new members joining and we run regular weekly events for the public.
What does this mean for you?
Right now we are reducing the amount of material in TOG 3.0 as much as possible.
If you are a member, please remove all your items from TOG ASAP! All members’ personal materials must be removed from TOG by 30 June 2021.
If you are a former member and still have material in TOG get in touch with us ASAP and we can facilitate collection or disposal.
April is almost at a close but we have just scheduled this month’s live stream. We have lined up a night of talks for you on Wednesday the 28th of April from 7 pm streaming on our Youtube channel. We will have talks about electro-mechanical Uilleann Pipes, the Sharepair project and the electronics that go into an escape room. The talks will be followed by a live Q&A. Check out the talks below.
Talk Title: Musical NAND gate oscillators and electro-mechanical Uilleann Pipes Project Description: A demonstration of analogue synthesisers that I’ve made, a look at their schematics, and how this might lead to a new electro-mechanical musical instrument. Speaker: Brian Leach Bio: Brian is a Maker, Sound Artist, and Musician inspired by the cross-over of ancient tradition and contemporary technology. Brian currently works as a musician with traditional Irish band ‘Torcán’, as a Luthier at his own business Cork Guitars, and also as a Woodworker. A fascination with new notes and sounds leads him to design and build one-of-a-kind musical instruments with unique character. He completed his studies in Musical Instrument Building at St. John’s Central College Cork in 2017. Drawing on a degree in Astrophysics, and a Masters in Music Technology, he designs his instruments with a solid scientific understanding, technical intuition, and an artist’s eye. Brian is a maker from Benchspace. Links:www.corkguitars.ie
Talk Title: Sharepair: Digital Support Infrastructure for Citizens in the Repair Economy Project Description: The project addresses the increasing amount of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). WEEE is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the EU, growing at 3-5% a year. Consumption of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), and therefore production of WEEE, is very high throughout the NWE region (Eurostat 2016, EEE products put on the market). At the same time, NWE is home to a growing citizen repair movement (10,000+ volunteers), attempting to fight back against this upsurge in waste. However, their impact remains small, even though consumers indicate a high willingness to repair. Hence, there is a large gap between intent and actual behaviour, due to a lack of convenient and accessible repair solutions. Speaker: Bobby Comerford Bio: Bobby Comerford is a multimedia designer currently working on digital tools to aid repair and data collection in the citizen-led repair initiatives across Europe. He has a background in design research, education, and industrial design Links:Website, Sharepair
Talk Title: Bringing an Escape Room To Life Project Description: The talk will outline the design and craft process in creating an escape room experience. Louise will cover the theme to puzzle design and concerts. Jeffrey will give an example of the electronics that go into a puzzle. Speaker: Louise Nolan, Jeffrey Roe Bio: Louise is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and educator. Links:Twitter. Instagram, LinkedIn
We are delighted to be taking part in Engineers Week. We always like to take part in these national weeks to promote science and education. We have lined up a night of talks for you on Thursday the 4th of March from 7 pm streaming on our Youtube channel. This year we are teaming up with the Young Engineers Society to bring you a night of interesting lightning talks. The talks will be followed by a live Q&A. Check out the talks below.
Talk Title: Faking it in AI Project Description: AI and machine learning in particular is a great technology for engineers to play with, adopt and apply in unexpected ways to see old problems in a new light. Even better, you can fake it until you make it and there is a long on-ramp of automated services, packages and tools available to the hacker willing to try out new things. With some experience and a bit of derring-do you can even get up to the front line of research in a field that is changing and developing incredibly fast if you carefully pick your battles. I will give a quick tour of my lab’s engineering journey in machine learning where we learned to fake it, then make it before finally faking again but this time for real. On that journey we will talk about fitness trackers, brain computer interfaces, self driving cars (sort of) and why in our latest work we just made up loads of fake data and yet no one got angry about it. Speaker: Professor Tomás Ward Bio: Tomas Ward is AIB Chair of Data Analytics at the School of Computing, Dublin City University. As a member of the Science Foundation Ireland-funded research centre Insight – Ireland’s Data Analytics research centre, Prof Ward studies how human health, performance and decision-making can be better understood through new ways of sensing and interpreting our physiology and behaviour. Tomas is a keen advocate of hacker spaces and is a co-founder of Dublin Maker – the showcase of the maker movement in Ireland. Links:Website, Twitter
Talks Title: VCON – an Arduino with built-in remote firmware update and remote management Project Description: Ever wanted to remotely OTA your Arduino without changing a single line of firmware code? VCON makes it possible. Speaker: Sergey Lyubka Bio: CTO at Netfort (now part of Rapid7), Engineering manager at Google, CTO at Cesanta Links: vcon.io