Coolock Makerspace Opening

Coolock Library is the home of a new free makerspace. The whole library has recently been completely refurbished with a new dedicate maker space. The space already has a range of equipment including a laser cutter, 3D printer, scanner, embroidery machines.

The space has its official opening on Saturday 29th of February, as part of National Library Open Day

We are delighted to see a new maker space open and the growing maker community.

Science Hackday Dublin

We are hosting Science Hack Day. A 36 hr hardware and software hackathon. Ireland’s first public hackathon it has been run by plucky volunteers since 2012. A social event with creativity and love of science at its heart. Each year we bring together, designers, coders, scientists, engineers and makers. Simply to make interesting things. Why? For adventure, for playfulness, for science!

On Saturday & Sunday 7th/8th of March join forces with fellow enthusiasts to work on projects together. During the course of the weekend, the hackerspace will enable participants to bring projects to reality with the various tools and equipment on hand. Sign up with the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/science-hack-day-dublin-2020-registration-94633813283

Engineers Week Ireland logo

This event is part of Engineers Week that runs from February 29th until March 6th. For other events on as part during the week visit http://www.engineersweek.ie/ . We are also running an Air Quality Sensor workshop -> https://www.tog.ie/2020/01/air-quality-sensor-kit-workshop/

Dublin Smartphone Film Festival Challenge

Back in January, we hosted a workshop for Dublin SmartPhone Festival. Participants each made a one minute short. Check out the compilation below.

CryptoParty – Learn about online safety and security for free

TOG is hosting a CryptoParty on Saturday, 15th February at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Poster with details of the Crypto Party in TOG Hackerspace, 22 Blackpits on Saturday 15th February at 6pm. The poster is in the style of an 80s computer screen

CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones. No experience is necessary. The idea here is for everyone to learn and share knowledge and the event is aimed at people who have no experience. We will be reccomending free and open source software. To try the tools and apps directly at the CryptoParty, bring your laptop or smartphone

For insurance reasons, anyone who attends is required to sign into TOG’s registration system.

After the CryptoParty. You are welcome to stay for TOG’s open social evening. 

Collecting Bottle Caps

If you are visiting our space, bring us your plastic bottle caps. We are collecting them for the Precious Plastic Dublin project. Find out more -> https://www.preciousplasticdublin.org/collecting-hdpe-bottle-caps-recycling/

Dublin Inquirer – In Blackpitts, Dubliners are Invited to Build Their Own Air-Pollution Sensors

Our own Jeffrey Roe was interviewed about our upcoming air quality sensor workshop next month. Check out a snippet of the story below and read the full interview on Dublin Inquirer.

In the common room of the TOG Hackerspace in Blackpitts, Jeffrey Roe opens an app on his phone. A line on a graph on the screen creeps up and down a little, but is more or less even – before rising up into a sharp peak. It shows readings from the air-pollution sensor, across the city, outside his home in Crumlin. There was a spike at 4.30pm, earlier that day. “Why were people busy then?” he says, with a chuckle. Another graph, for a few months ago, the night of Halloween, shows a thin line rising sharply from the early evening, as bonfires light up. “You can see, when it starts to get dark, the level of pollution just skyrockets,” he said.

https://www.dublininquirer.com/2020/01/22/in-blackpitts-dubliners-are-invited-to-build-their-own-air-pollution-sensors