Our open social night is back again this month. We are continuing with virtual events only due to the COVID restrictions. It did not stop us last month from having a lot of fun.
Because of COVID, we can’t hold our regular open social but we have a solution. We have a virtual place to meet. All you need is a browser (firefox is best) and an internet connection. This works on Computers and smartphones.
Mozilla Hubs is an experimental, VR-friendly platform and a tool for communicating and collaborating privately, and allows you to connect with people and bring in resources from around the internet for meetings and virtual events.
Let’s meet and talk about projects we are workong on or would like to work on. Or share some cool new tech or nice craft projects you found.
This New Year, TOG reached a truly magic milestone of 100 members. From small beginnings in 2009, our membership has grown steadily. TOG had its first meeting on the 21st of January 2009, when a group of 17 people came together with the intention of setting up a new hackerspace in Dublin. In less than 3 months we were up and running with over 20 members and a roof over our head. 11 years later we are in our third space with a more diverse group of members than ever, and new activities like never before. Recent times have seen an active film making community using our space, as well as members individual projects including the making of beds and boats no less!
This coming Saturday 25th January from 7pm, we will be celebrating our combined 11th Birthday, 100th member and regular Open Social all rolled into one. Drop in and see us. We’re not sure if we can fit 100 candles on the birthday cake, but we’ll try! The party is free to attend for both members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. Drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things that you’d like to do. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Since the beginning, every new member has brought new skills, their passion for making and their curiosity to us. Come and join us on our journey to 200 members.
It’s now November which means the start of Makevember. #Makevember is the making version of #Inktober, the idea is to challenge yourself to make something, if possible, every day in November and share your progress with your friends on social media. We love the idea to push yourself just to try your hand at making every day this month.
In Tog, we are teaming up with Young Engineers (YES) – Engineers Ireland to host a night of lightning talks on Thursday the 14th of November from 7 pm. Each talk will last just 15 minutes where the speakers will talk about what they are passionate about. We will have a diverse range of topics with six speakers on the night. Please RSVP via Eventbrite to give us an idea of numbers by following this link. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/science-week-lightning-talks-tickets-79190556085
Electronics and Micro Controller Night: every other Monday aspiring and inspiring electronics wizards come together to create amazing things with LEDs, single-board microcontrollers, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s (well what IS the plural, then?) and other electronic gear. We have a room full of components and parts for beginners and experts alike, and there is a wealth of expertise available. This month we’re open Monday 4th and Monday 18rd November, 7 pm to 9 pm. Please bring your own laptop, we don’t have a supply.
CAD Night: Bring a project for the 3D printing machine (Prusa Mk 3) or our Lasersaur laser cutter, Krzysztof and Louise will show you how to solidify your ideas in plastic. Or wood. Every other Wednesday, November 13th, November 27th, from 7 pm to 9 pm, bring your own laptop.
Open Social: The Open Social is when we throw open our doors to anyone who wants to check out where these wonderful projects happen. This month’s event will be on Saturday 16st November, for members and non-members alike. Bring food or drink to share, or try our famous pizzas as baked in the equally famous pizza oven, weather permitting. From 7 pm onwards, until the last person leaves.
Craft Night: We have a profusion of materials and machines to cater for crafters and makers from novice to expert. Try your hand at embroidery, knitting, sewing, screen printing, woodwork, crochet, whatever takes your fancy. Our newest acquisition is a leather sewing machine – that’s a machine for sewing leather – which should be up and running soon. Same night as CAD night, Wednesday, November 13th and November 27th, 7 pm to 9 pm.
Lock Picking: Conor runs Lock Picking night, in which he demonstrates how to open a bewildering variety of padlocks, handcuffs, practice locks, bicycle locks, even the occasional car clamp – and passes these skills on for free. If you’re wondering how you’re going to free your bike when you’ve dropped the keys down the drain, come along. Mondays, on the 11th and 25th November, from 7 to 9 pm.
Coding: This runs on the same night as Lock Picking. If you’re looking for a space to work on your side project, bring your laptop and plug it in. We supply wifi and (some) expertise. Mondays, on the 11th and 25th November, from 7 to 9 pm.
Wikipedia Editing: Rebecca will show you how to edit the world’s biggest collaborative venture, the Wikipedia. Bring a laptop and add share your knowledge with the world, for pizza and the joy of knowledge. Monday 4th of November.
The Science Fiction Book Club: We are all interested in the Future, and every month the Science Fiction Book Club argues about what we are going to read next. But before that, we argue about what we have already read, and this month we are reading the Kassa Gambit by M. C. Planck. Lemon Cake is available. Wednesday, November 27th,
Wave Hackers experimental music group.
Seb’s amazing experimental audio research and performance group, a place for artists, dreamers, geeks, hackers, nerds, outcasts, weirdos, rebels and scientists to experiment and create. Circuit bending, instrument design and creation. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary – learn and share but most importantly enjoy yourself. Hosted by Seb every first and third Friday of the month, 3rd and 17th May, from 7 to 10 pm. Let us know you’re coming on meetup.
Electronics and Micro Controller Night: If you hanker to harness the awesome power of electricity and light up a few LEDs or crank a dynamo, Electronics and Micro Controller night is for you. Every second Monday, Gary will guide you into the electronics room where there is a dizzying variety of electronic components to help out beginners and the more experienced alike. You can buy basic kits and we’ll show you what to do with them. Runs Monday 6th and 20th May, starting at 7 pm and finishing at 9 pm. Vital that you bring your own laptop, we don’t have a supply.
CAD Night: Krzysztof and Louise are your guides for 3D printing and laser cutting night, every second Wednesday, in May the 1st, 15th and 29th, from 7 pm to 9 pm. We have a working Prusa Mk 3 3D printer, and a Lasersaur for laser cutting. Please bring your own laptop.
Open Social: If you want to see where all these mind-bogglingly fascinating projects take place, come along to our Open Social night on Saturday 18th May from 7 pm until late or later. No need to be a member, just turn up. Food and drink contributions welcome. We will probably roll out the near-legendary pizza oven, weather permitting.
Craft Night: Lots of tools and materials here for dedicated and beginner crafters: this includes, but is not limited to, embroidery, sewing, knitting, screen printing, crochet, drawing, painting, woodwork. Bring your own project along or start one from scratch, there is a wealth of talent and experience on hand to help you get started or navigate the tricky bits. Every other Wednesday, the 1st, 15th and 29th May, starting at 7 pm.
Lock Picking: Ever-popular lock-picking night happens on Mondays, in May on the 13th and 27th, from 7 pm until 9 pm. We have a large selection of padlocks, practice locks, handcuffs and other parts, tools are supplied (and can be bought). Conor hosts and oozes enthusiasm and expertise.
Coding: Same night as Lock Picking, bring your laptop and work on your side project or ask for help with a programming problem. Alternate Mondays, the 1st, 15th and 29th May. Please bring your own laptop, we don’t provide the hardware.
The Science Fiction Book Club: This month we’re reading Fifth Head of Cerberus, by Gene Wolfe. It’s a book club, you know how they work; come along, argue, eat cake. Highly recommended that you read the book first, though. Wednesday 29th May, from 7 pm onwards.
Wikipedia Editing: Want to be part of the world’s biggest collaborative venture? Bring along a laptop, and Rebecca will show you how to become a Wikipedia editor. This all happens on the last Wednesdayof the month, May 29th starting at 7 pm.
Team Bodge Wednesday afternoons you will find Team Bodge in the space, taking broken stuff apart, shaking heads sadly and making those noises you hear from emergency plumbers before expertly restoring everything to a better-than-new working state. That’s the advertising blurb anyway. From 3.30 pm onwards, bring along your non-working components and faulty parts, and James and Brendan will be happy to help and offer advice, tools, expertise and the occasional spare part. Members only, check the mailing list for time and date confirmation.
Our regular monthly Open Social will take place on Saturday, 20th April from 7PM. If you’ve never been to our Socials, you’ll find them a great alternative Saturday evening in town, and a great informal hangout to chat and relax. Our Socials are always free to attend for both members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. You can drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night.
We have off-street parking available. Bring beer, food, gadgets! Our doors will be open from 19:00. Hope to see you there.
Come in and look around. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things you’d like to do. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Weather and volunteer permitting, we might have our wood fired pizza oven going outside. Expect caint, ceol agus craic as usual. The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning.