Over the past two weeks member’s of TOG have been giving talks on creating Hackerspaces around Ireland .
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.
Barry at IrishDev.com has been kind enough to offer TOG a chance to show ourselves at the Irish Software Show Epicenter by offering us a stand so we can make people more informed about hackerspaces in Ireland. So between the 24th – 28th of August we will have a stand in the Hamilton Building in Trinity College (location), run by TOG members answering any question people may have about hackerspaces.
To coincide with this Rob have started on the first big project in the hackerspace and we are welcoming others to help. Given that we have a nice group of people within TOG interested in software and playing with LED’s he are starting to build a 8x8x32 LED cube (thats 2048 LED’s!!!!) that can programmed to display an interesting array of patterns and images. Software to make this structure do wonderful things will also be created in the future as a future show-case for the kind of things that can be done in hackerspaces.
We will also have Mousebots and a demo of the SpokePOV in action on the day. If you have any projects that you have completed, that show the type of thing us hackers like to do, get in contact as it would be great to show people the great things that can be done in a hackerspace when we can put our minds to something.
Yesterday was Microcontroller Monday and we had some visitors from Canonical pay our space a visit last night. Canonical are having their development meeting in Dublin this week and after a busy day of work, they popped in to have a look around and a chat. We also may have given a few of our visitors the hackerspace bug and we may have a new hackerspace in China some time soon. 🙂
Among our visitors we had Steve Conklin (sconklin to those of you in the interweb) who is a member of the Antitronics Hackerspace in Huntsville, Alabama and Hugh Blemings who, lucky for us, likes too play with arduinos and is in the process of co-authoring a book Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware. I can’t wait to read it when its finished.
Steve was good enough to post his pictures on his flickr which can be found here.
Our friends over at NYCResistor pointed this one out to me, the BBC catch up with some hackers over in London. Great to see my type of people in the media 🙂
A few members put their heads together and built workbenches in the space over the weekend. Edster has made additions on the TOG pic’s page to show the workbenches here for you all to see