Dexy Documentation Hack Day

Tog will be hosting a Dexy Documentation Hack Day, led by the Dexy creator Ana Nelson. If you are interested in learning Dexy, while also contributing to an open source project, and having a fun day out with fellow geeks, then here is your chance!

The workshop will be held on Saturday, 26 March 2011 in Tog, from 10am till 5pm. This will be a hands-on hack day where we will be writing real documentation, so it’s a great chance to learn-by-doing. It’s absolutely free and will be lots of fun!

You don’t have to be an expert programmer, but you should be comfortable with the command line and have some programming experience. The signup form is over there: and also contains a bit more information. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments or get in touch with Ana.

Engineers Week 2011

We’re participating in Engineers Week again this year (14th-20th February) with our regular activities and some special events.

Monday, 14th of February, 19:00- 22:00 – Electronics and Micro controller Group Night – 555 Timer Intro
Tuesday, 15th of February, 19:30- 21:30 – Arduino 101 – Learn to Blink
Wednesday, 16th of February, 19:00- 22:00 – Computing/Networking/Programming Group Night – OS Install Demo
Thursday, 17th of February, 19:00- 22:00 – Geodesic domes and IPv6 – Open Social Night
Saturday, 19th February 2011, 10:30-14:00 – Soldering Workshop Sold Out
Sunday, 20th February 2011, 11:00-17:00 – LED Dot Matrix Display Workshop

The weekend of the 19th and 20th is also a Synchronous Hackathon weekend running each day from 11:00 to late. So we’ll be participating in the Global Hackerspace Challenge which will be announced within a week. Update: The challenge involves submiting an entry to the 555 Contest. We’re hoping for have a small 555 night on the Monday to introduce people to the wonders of 555 timer IC.

All the weekday events and hackathon are free, the workshops have a cost and the challenge might have a small materials cost/donation. All the events are targeted at adults and mature older teens.

Workshop mentioned in the Irish Times

It’s always nice to get retweeted on Twitter, we get a strange thrill from seeing the stats from the website, and we absolutely love chatting to people in IRC. But nothing really beats getting mentioned in the national press.

A couple of days ago we were mentioned in an article by John Holden, of the Irish Times, as part of his review of events on offer for Science Week. You can read it here. It was our Building It event that caught his attention. A day-long workshop taking you right through from designing, to building an electronic device. The workshop will run twice, Saturday 13th, and Sunday 21st. See the event listing for more details and to sign up! (Also, check out the other events being run as part of Science Week and Innovation Dublin.)

Science and Innovation

The upcoming Science Week and Innovation Dublin Festival represent a fantastic opportunity and an interesting challenge for TOG. With the week and festival running from the 7th-14th November and 10th-21st November respectively. We have an opportunity to run over two weeks of events. The challenge is what to fill the two weeks with.

So we’re looking for your suggestions and ideas for events, activities and projects. Think big!

Our space offers a lot of scope with a class room, large common room, workshop, kitchen and other workrooms. We’ve got equipment like hand/power tools, a CNC router, 3D printer, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzer, sewing machines, science, computer and networking hardware, etc. The ability and time to get materials or extra equipment. Add working on activities over multiple days and the skills of TOG members and the wider public. I think we can come up with something interesting.

Post your suggestions as a comment below.

Crochet Workshop – Stars and Spheres

My, do we have a treat for you! Sunday, 12th of September (mark it in your calendar), we will have TOG’s very first craft workshop! From 3pm to 7pm, 8 lucky participants will receive once-off tutelage in crochet. The tutor, specially flown in from Austria, will teach the attendees how to make crochet stars and spheres (more commonly called a type of a certain holiday decoration, but it’s too early, can’t bring myself to say it).

Cost for this one-of-a-kind workshop is €15 for non-members, and €9 for TOG-members. Price includes the workshop, and materials to make two pieces (2 stars, 2 spheres, or 1 star + 1 sphere). There is plenty of scope for ability; patterns and techniques for beginners, and more complicated pieces for those familiar with crochet. It is strictly limited to 8 participants, places confirmed upon payment. Contact us through the form below to state your interest.

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