One year ago on the 29th of January 2009, 17 people came together with a common goal of setting up a shared work space.
We met in the bar area of a hotel in Dublin and started TOG. It started with very little structure, design and almost no plan. It was a blank piece of paper just waiting for the TOG members to design what they wanted from a workspace.
Lots of people at the time (not including our first members) that we pushed the idea to said it would never work… that it could not be done. Sorry to all of you – we proved you wrong. The meetings continued with no space for a few months while we created both our plans and our funding. In May 2009 we opened the door on the first workspace.
If you look back at the minutes from the first few meetings the space has evolved into a pretty close match for what people wanted.
A BIG thank you go out to all our members for paying for the space, for working ‘on’ and ‘in’ the space and for believing in the project from day 1.
Happy Birthday…. and here’s to the next year and the years that follow.
As part of Science Week, TOG will be hosting an afternoon soldering workshop with DIY circuit board demonstration.
This hands on workshop will cover various aspects of soldering; from the basic techniques of soldering, to soldering electronic components to make simple circuits, right up to manual techniques to solder surface mount chips.
This workshop is split into levels so we can work with you to increase your skills. We are ready to work with both absolute beginners and those who would like to move onto more advanced surface mount soldering.
The demonstration will cover the steps involved in DIY circuit board fabrication, showing the processes and the chemicals used to produce a circuit board at home.
We will be holding two electronic fashion workshops over the weekend of Innovation Dublin week. These workshops will be hosted in our space on Arran Quay on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of October from 2pm to 6pm.
There will be a €15 (€12 students/unwaged, €10 TOG members) participation fee to take part in the workshops. Non-members are welcome to participate in the workshops.
The participation fee includes a basic electroluminescent wire kit and an item of clothing from an Irish menswear fashion label which is a canvas for your creations. A range of sewing materials (including conductive wire), extra el wire, LilyPad’s and other electronic devices will be available for use during the workshop.
No experience of electronics or sewing is required, though it would help.
The number of places in each workshop will be limited to 12, so please reserve a place by posting a comment to this blog post, giving details of which workshop you would like to attend.
TOG are exhibiting at the Irish Software Show, epicenter 2009 which begins this Wednesday in Trinity College, Dublin so if you’re in the area please pop in to meet us.
epicenter is a 3-day event covering Open Source, Web, Java and Microsoft – there are 80 technology sessions with evangelists coming in from the US, Canada, Spain, Austria, England, Scotland and Ireland. In addition to the technology sessions, Jennifer Condon (Head of Enterprise Ireland’s Software Sector), Barry Smyth (founder and CEO of ChangingWorlds which recently sold for $60m) and Colm Mulcahy (Co-founder Sasspoint) will deliver the morning keynotes – See http://epicenter.ie for full details.