Irish Hackerspaces Week 2012: Quiz

Saturday night is our quiz night. The great thing about our quiz is we encourage all the hackerspaces around Ireland to take part. We set up a conference call and our dedicated quiz master dishes out the questions across various topics. We will kick start to meet up at 7:30pm, and all going well (ha) we will start at 8pm. Members of the public are of course invited to take part in the quiz so please come along.

Details for connecting to the call are here

Irish Hackerspaces Week 2012: Gastro Night

This Wedensday as part of Irish Hackerspaces Week to are having a Gastro Night.

We have lined up 3 interesting topics to be presented on the night:

Tríona from will discuss some of the science behind food, examining how heat changes our food and what exactly it is that the proteins in our food do. Whether or not you’re an expert in the kitchen, understanding some basic science can make cooking an even more satisfying experience.

Espresso? Latte? Kenco? No machines or electricity are required to spruce up your daily cup of ‘joe. Rob Gallagher will attempt to demonstrate some of the lost arts of brewing coffee.

The process of beer brewing will be discussed by Dan, our resident brewer.

Click through for schedule
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Irish Hackerspace Week 2012: Night of Short Talks

As part of Irish Hackerspaces Week we are running a Night of Short Talks in TOG on Thursday 20th Septempter 2012 kicking off at 7:30pm. This is an event we should do more often as we always get a great varity of topics from some great speakers. Here is a list of talks in no particular order (order decided closer to the time) :

Colm will discuss Ditch Medicine
Treating genuine life or death injuries without fancy pants show off shiny toys, like bandages.

Chebe will give us An Introduction to ZigBee, XBees, and their Security.
ZigBee is a wireless radio frequency protocol developed to suit the need for large mesh networks of sensors or actuators. XBees are affordable ZigBee devices made by Digi that are often used with Arduinos. We’ll take a look at why you’d want them, how they work, and what security features are available as a hobbyist.

Namit will talk about a topic that always lights up everyones eyes, Fire.
Everyone loves to play with fire. Come along to this talk and you might even get to play with some.
We will go through the top 10 things you can do with simple household materials and a few projects we have been working on in TOG.
We will teach you things things you never knew about fire with a very interactive and entertaining discussion.
You might even have some fun.

Claudio Pisa will discuss Wireless Community Networks built by end users.
Claudio is a ph.d student in telecommunications engineering and a member of, a wireless community network in Rome, Italy. Wireless community networks are built by end users to interconnect among themselves, without any intermediary and with no central ownership or management. Let’s take a look at the situation in Europe.

Jules will discuss Garden Hacking.

Rose will reveal the dark and terrible secrets of ducks.

Dan will discuss RFID, how they have become more of an every day thing, as well as some of his recent trials of some of the latest hacks.

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Irish Hackerspaces Week: Update

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Irish Hackerspace Week 2012

A lot of work is going on preparing a series of events for Hackerspace Week
A sneak speak of the current schedule is here:
All events have been added to our normal calander but sometimes it’s nice to see it all in one place.

We also have two great soldering workshops going on. Links on the schedule. Book early!

4 Month Pinhole Photo

In Nov 2011 we left a pinhole camera taped to the drain pipe in TOG’s yard looking south. So its been up for 4 months. It’s just a beer can with a 1mm hole and a piece of b+w photo paper inside. We took it down today and scanned it in. The raw image is upside down and back to front. The “colours” are also inverted. You can see the track of the sun and how it gets higher in the sky, as the days get longer.  The gaps are days where there was no sun. After a bit of trickery in GIMP, its right way around and inverted. We have lots of photo paper in TOG if you want to come in and make one. You can leave it in place from days to months and still get a good image. Click on the images for a closer view.


St Patrick’s Festival Big Day Out

TOG is delighted to be taking part in this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. The St Patrick’s Festival is a 4 day event with different activities taking part all over Dublin. We will be taking part in the Big Day Out.

The Big Day Out takes place on the 18th of March. One of the flag ship events of the festival, it aims to amaze you with street performances, theatrics, Irish language events, workshops, fun zones, music, open air shows and more.

The event takes place in Merrion Square, 12:00 until 18:00. The event is free and open to all ages.

TOG will be making a home for itsself in the Discover Science & Engineering area. We will be helping to promote the upcoming Dublin Mini Maker Faire.(Open call ends this week)  TOG along with NUIM Makers Club and will be putting together a fun and interactive stand. On the day we will have sumo fighting robots, arduino powered  instruments , 3D printing  and our freshly made buzzer game.