091labs is a hackerspace in Galway, Ireland. I paid a visit to their premises last week when they hosted OpenCoffee Galway and was hugely impressed by what I saw. In fact I was 'on a mission' to see if we could bottle up some of their hackerspace magic and bring it back to Limerick.
And what's a hackerspace? Well the 091labs website defines it as -
"A collaborative community space... a shared physical space for any and all creative projects: art, woodwork, software, photography and electronics - to name but a few. Our aim is to provide... a place for people to work and collaborate on creative projects, to learn and to share their knowledge. We welcome all skill levels and all creative ideas."
Robert Fitzsimons sent the following email to the Irish hackerspaces mailing list today.
"During TOG's recent trip to 091Labs in Galway we were inspired into running a series of local and collaborative events. These events would be a showcase for the creativity and culture of hackerspaces in Ireland, and the unique and shared features of each of our spaces.
We have decided to call the series of events Irish Hackerspaces Week and it will run from Saturday 14th of August until the 23rd of August.
The following groups are planning to run one or more event:
But there's room for more if you've wanted to have a hackerspace in your town or city, jump on board.
We will be using the following wiki page to coordinate activities.
We don't have a lot of time to get everything organised, so we're
looking for people to get involved and help out. Hopefully each space
will start adding the confirmed details of events they plan on running
to the wiki page. At the same time we need to come up with a suitable
press release which can be used to promote the events and introduce
hackerspaces to the wider community.
Lets get the ball rolling."