Dublin’s first (of hopefully many) Mini-Makerfaire was held last month on July the 14th in conjunction with the “Hack the City” event hosted by the Science Gallery. 091 Labs made an appearance alongside other Irish and UK Hackerspaces, TOG and Build Brighton.
Eight of us made the trip from Galway late Friday evening after some hastily “hacking” together travel and accommodation plans so we would be strategically poised for an early start on Saturday morning and not travel-lagged.
We were blessed with a great day that didn’t deter the enthusiastic and energetic crowd from converging on the Faire and the Science Gallery. I believe the final figure of attendees was in the region of 5,500 peeps!
091 Labs showed off some of our current projects including Alana’s custom made Model Train control unit, a cider homebrew, my Aeroquad QuadRotor (which I got permission to fly from the Irish Aviation Authority at the event but no thanks to Customs and Revenue, didn’t have a battery for it – http://tinyurl.com/d7sbsc6), Padraic and Carles’ “Labs-On, Labs-Off” status system [and Android app - P.], Oisin’s photoresistor-based theremin and others.
Among the projects on display at Makerfaire there was an impressive amount of hacking. There were 3D Printers, laser cutters, homemade submarines as well as etching and soldering classes.
The highlight of my day was meeting an 80 odd year old lady who was learning about coding and circuit construction using the Arduino Uno! Never too late eh?
Big thanks from all of us in 091 Labs to the organisers for Dublin Makerfaire. They did a great job and we had a brilliant time up at it.