FOSSi: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Silicon

Are you interested in learning about integrated circuit (IC) design and fabrication but don’t know where to start? Look no further than the Free and Open Source Silicon (FOSSi) ecosystem! Join us for an exciting and informative talk where we’ll introduce you to the FOSSi ecosystem and how it can benefit electronics enthusiasts, students, and professionals alike.

If you missed this event it is now on youtube.


In this event, Thomas Pluck, a passionate FOSSi advocate, will guide you through the various aspects of the FOSSi ecosystem. He’ll provide an overview of the free and open source software (FOSS) tools available for IC design and simulation, including HDL simulators, synthesis tools, layout editors, and verification tools. You’ll learn about the community-driven approach to software development and the continuous support and updates available to FOSSi users.

Moreover, Thomas will highlight the educational resources and opportunities available through FOSSi, including online courses, webinars, and workshops. You’ll discover how FOSSi fosters innovation and collaboration through design contests and hackathons.

Finally, Thomas will discuss the affordability of IC design and fabrication through FOSSi. You’ll learn about the guidance and resources available for affordable fabrication options, enabling designers to bring their designs to life.

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December Mechanical Keyboard Meetup

The MK Ireland Discord in collaboration with Tog Hackerspace presents an Irish mechanical keyboard meetup! 4th of December from 3 pm in Tog Hackerspace (D12 CF6V behind Mr Price)

Bring your keyboard(s) along and meet other hobbyists, chat about modding and building keyboards, or if you don’t have a keyboard but are curious about mechanical keyboards, come along and try other people’s keyboards and chat with those in the know.

We’ll have tea and coffee available on site and Tog has an affordable tuck shop with fizzy drinks and snacks.

Please add a donation to your ticket to support this non-profit space. Suggested donation: €10

Caring for Repairing Exhibition & Féile

Caring for Repairing Exhibition & Féile, is taking place in Kilbeggan, Westmeath, Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th November 2022. There are mending and fixing Workshops, Artist Talks, Restorative Activities and Live Performances, including the première of ‘Turning the Collar’ a documentary on professional repair practices.

We are delighted to be taking part and helping out at the festival. Jeffrey will be on a panel on the Friday of the festival that will explore how we can foster stronger and richer local, repair-based cultures. It would not be a repair weekend without some repairing so on Saturday he will be helping the great people at Jiminy for a special Toy Repair Café. Bring along all your torn soft toys, snapped plastic toys, burst inflatables and “missing a piece” toys. We will help you fix them.

For the full program of events visit

“We need to start fixing stuff.”

Our own Jeffrey Roe was interviewed by Henry McKean for the Moncrieff show on Newstalk.

Irish consumers recycled a record number of electrical items last year, but WEEE, the country’s largest e-waste scheme, has warned that we need move to a more circular economy whereby we repair rather than recycle. But how easy is it to get a washing machine or toaster fixed? And is it worth your while? Henry McKean has been finding out.

Listen back to the interview on this podcast.