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The Electric Picnic is on this weekend 31st August, 1st and 2nd of September.

If you are there on the Saturday or Sunday be sure to call into the Science Gallery‘s inflatable tent (part of MindField) between 12 and 3 to solder your own miLKlight.

What happened here? Digital traces and physical places

As part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival!, we will run a Tweasure Hunt (a treasure hunt guided via Twitter) on Sunday, 1st April 2012, starting with 12pm.

Registration starts at 11:30am with a cup of tea and cake at the miLKlabs, in the Franciscan Friary on Henry Street.

We are planning to run a treasure hunt with a difference, in search of little known places in the city centre. Twitter, Foursquare, web sites and Google maps will be involved, so a smartphone will be needed on each team!

If the red door on the left is locked when you arrive, please ring the door buzzer or text 089 4569898 (the miLKlabs phone).

This is a family-friendly event. We are aware that the first street event organised by Limerick Tidy Town is on at the same time, and we’ll do our best to create contact points.

If you have any question/suggestion, please leave a comment here.

Activities this week (30 Jan-4 Feb)

Tuesday, 31 January 7-9pm – Open Night

Everybody’s welcome, come and meet us, talk about projects and bring any broken objects or things you’d like to improve with Sugru.

Two packs of Sugru just arrived and they’re here for sharing – let’s play with it!
If you never heard about Sugru, you’ll get the chance tomorrow night.
You can also read more here, and maybe watch a few videos to see what other people did with Sugru, to get an idea!

We’ll video the best sugru hacks, and we’ll post them here.

Wednesday, 1 February

The Rainbow Stitch’n Bitch group will be our guests at miLKlabs. If you knit, sew or do crochet and you’d like to meet like minded people and have a cuppa, join us on Wednesday from 17:45 on until 20:30.
The “bitching” part will include a chat about combining crafts and electronics.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

We’ll be open from 10 till 13:30.

Planning two activities:
- Mochimochi (fun little objects) & Amigurumi(fun little animals) knitting (or crochet) and experimenting with electronics (augmenting the little objects with LEDs, magnets etc)

- brainstorming for organising a Limerick urban game (treasure hunt, photo walk, foursquare trail) later on in spring.

All these activities are open to anyone who is interested. We have a  phone number: 089 4569898 that keeps the place of  door
bell. If you find yourself in front of the building and the door is locked, ring or text, and someone will open the door for you.

It would be good to have an idea about numbers, so if you intend to come, please get in touch via email, comment on our Facebook page or here!

Looking forward to seeing you this week!


Squishy Circuits workshop Thurs 7th July

On Thursday July 7th, miLKlabs will host a Squishy Circuits workshop, taught by Tríona O’Connell.

Squishy circuits involve using two types of playdough-like material, one conductive and one insulating, to create electrical circuits with batteries, LEDs, motors, arduinos and imagination. It’s a fun way of introducing electrics to kids (and adults).
Tríona will bring along the dough, and will demonstrate some of the things that can be taught with squishy circuits, and then it’ll be time to get a little bit squishy and design and build your own circuits.

This workshop will be great for educators or parents of curious kids, as well as anyone who just likes playing with dough and LEDs. Kids and teens over 12 can attend along with a parent.

Anyone with an arduino is welcome to bring one along also. We will be kicking things off at 7.30pm in the miLKlabs space in the Fransiscan Friary. Places on the workshop are limited, so please sign up by using the google group.

miLKlabs at Mindfield

Nice video from NewTechPost featuring Ellen Dudley from 091labs outside the shared hackerspace tent at the Mindfield International Festival of Ideas in Dublin. Spot miLKlabs on the tent banner -

We’re bringing Ignite to Limerick! April 6th.

On Wednesday, April 6 2011, 7 pm in the Absolute Hotel, miLKlabs and IxDA Limerick are joining forces to organise the first Ignite talk series ever in our city!

Why this event?

The purpose of this event is to spread the news about miLKlabs, bring together like-minded people and create synergies between people from different backgrounds and highlight possible collaborations. We are also trying to shed a light on the creativity and talent of Limerick people and bringing them to the attention of the public. IxDA Limerick is hosting the event as part of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development programme.

What is Ignite?

In talks that are exactly five minutes long, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Ignite events are run by local volunteers in many locations around the world, as part of the global Ignite network. Talks are video recorded and shared on the Internet, allowing local Ignites to share the knowledge and passion with the world (more about Ignite here).

What is miLKlabs?

miLKlabs is a collaborative community space based in Limerick City, Ireland. The name is derived from ‘made in LimericK’. It is meant as a shared physical space for any and all creative projects: art, woodwork, software, photography and electronics – to name but a few. The aim is to provide Limerick with a place for people to work and collaborate on creative projects, to learn and to share their knowledge.

What is IxDA Limerick?

IxDA Limerick is the local chapter of the Interaction Design Association, a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design

How can I participate?

You can sign up for attending the event either on Facebook or on the IxDA meetup page If you have an interesting idea or project you’d like to talk about, there’s still room for speakers! Please drop us an email at with your name and a
title for your talk.

miLKlabs visit 091labs in Galway

On Tuesday evening seven members made a field-trip to our sister space in Glaway – 091labs. There we heard an informal talk by a young Australian entrepreneur before taking a tour of the building and then enjoying a very pleasant ’round-table’ discusion in a wonderfully comfy and relaxed environment.

Photo by Gabriela Avram

As late as it was when we were leaving you got the feeling that things were only getting started, with carpenters, electricians, painters and programmers deep in discussion and work.

Photo by Gabriela Avram

Sheep herding robots run riot at miLKlabs

Well not quite, but a new member held the group in thrall last Tuesday as he explained how he built a 4 wheeled robot to round up sheep on his farm. Our Brainstorming Session turned into a Mind-blowing session as we learned just how much talent there is in the group. Not to mention crazy wonderful ideas.

Now all we need is a place of our own to turn those ideas into real projects. And the good news is that we’ve made real progress on that front. Head on over to our discussion forum for more information.

Kicking off 2011 on a high note

We had a very good meeting in the Absolute Hotel last evening which kicked off 2011 on a high note. As well as having our biggest turn-out yet we had two new faces and made quite a bit of progress on near term plans.

It was agreed that we’re close to securing a long term location in which to base ourselves but in the meantime we’re going to start with weekly meetings in a side room in Costello’s on Dominic Street. Our first event is a Brainstorming Session on Tuesday 25th January at 7pm.

We’ll also be making some changes to the website to make it easier to keep track of what’s going on at miLKlabs. Soon we’ll be adding a wiki and today we’ve added a Calendar which you can now see in the menu at top of page. The default view is ‘Agenda’ but you can change to ‘Month’ view on the tab at top right.

For full meeting minutes please see our discussion forum on Google Groups.

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