Category: Workshops

After  the great success of last year’s Lifelong Learning Festival, we’re back with two events in this year’s Festival programme:

On Tuesday, March 18th 2013, we’ll have an Open Evening from 7 to 9 pm at our current location, the Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick. Come and meet the members of the Limerick hackerspace, explore their projects & ideas, talk about 3Dprinting and other technologies of the future. We’re planning to have a 3D printer on display if everything goes well!

We’ll also talk about Gaelhack, a 3 days summer convention of Irish hackerspaces taking place in Mount Melleray in June, and about the Dublin mini-maker faire on the 27 of July 2013.

If you are interested in  DIY electronics, programming, robotics as well as in urban gardening, crafts, recycling and upcycling, come and talk to us next Tuesday!

Here’s how you’ll find us:

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On Saturday, 23 March 2013, from 10:30am to 1pm we’ll be running an Arduino workshop, in collaboration with the IDC.

Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform. It was designed for making the process of using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible.

Limited to 20 places. Registration required!

Please comment here or join our Facebook event. You will receive a confirmation and a code that you will have to bring with you.

The workshop will take place  in the Computer Science building at the University of Limerick, room CS305a. Please note that access to the building will be permitted only between 10:15 and 10:30, so make sure you show up on time!

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Both events are free of charge and everybody is welcome!

Limerick City Tweasure Hunt details

What’s the aim of the Tweasure Hunt?
The aim of this tweasure hunt is primarily to have fun but also to uncover some of Limerick City’s fascinating history and hidden treasures.

How do we gain points ?
Each team will be given a set of instructions with a list of quests and challenges each scoring different points.  This will involve finding places, talking to people, taking photographs, being creative and tweeting. The winner of this game will be the group who amasses the most points.  Your prize for winning will be being crowned inaugural Tweasure Hunt 2012 Champions!

What you we need for the hunt?

  • A team (2-6 people)
  • A smartphone
  • A Twitter account
  • A Tweasure Hunt pack which contains instructions and the teams logo
  • A sense of fun and adventure

What do we do to score points?
Pick a quest-then go find the place, info or person.Take your photo, make your recording…..
Tweet the answer/photo/object along with the #LmkTH and your Team Name
All photos must have the team logo in it somewhere
The Tweasure Hunt organising team will be back at base calculating your scores.

How long do we have?
Registration is at 11.30 where teams will receive their pack and instructions.
The hunt begins at 12 sharp and finishes at 2pm at miLKlabs Limerick.
Over the duration of the hunt it will be up to each team to decide how and where to allocate their time and resources to gain the most points and win!

Besides the fun and the learning experience, we’re up to something good: we will be trying to update and enrich the list of Limerick plaques at Open Plaques.Open Plaques is a community-based project started in 2009 which documents, catalogues and promotes commemorative plaques installed on buildings and other public landmarks. It is ‘the museum of the street’.

Their list of Limerick plaques , originating in a list received from the Limerick Civic Trust, needs your contribution: photos of plaques, updating  the list for plaques that are gone or newly erected plaques and adding  historical information.This is not only a matter for a Sunday Tweasure Hunt – we can all contribute to this, anytime, anywhere we discover a hidden gem. That’s why crowdsourcing is so great:) You can find more instructions here.

Workshop: Introduction to Arduino on Wednesday

On Wednesday, 28 March 2012, we are inviting students, artists, designers and anyone interested to learn the basics of Arduino, simple electronics and building interactive project to join us for an introduction to Arduino lead by Trevor Hogan.

Photo by the Arduino Team

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It is intended for artists, designers,
hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. ( ) Arduino makes it easy to learn how to read sensors, control electronic devices, and communicate between various hardware and your computer.

- Laptop (Mac OS X, Windows or Linux) with a USB port
- Software installed (Optional):
- Arduino IDE (
- Processing (

Good to bring (optional):
- Some experience with a programming language.
If you know what if statements and loops are, you’ll be in great shape.
- Some basic knowledge of electric circuits
- Wire cutters / strippers

The workshop will start at 7pm and will run until 9pm. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory. In order to secure a place, please leave a comment here or join our Facebook event.

This is how you’ll find us:   View Larger Map

If the red door on the left is locked, please ring the door buzzer or text 089 4569898 (the miLKlabs phone).
If you have any question, please leave a comment here or drop an email to

The event is part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival.

Soldering workshop on Tuesday

Photo: Lou Dennehy

On Tuesday, 27 March 2012, starting with 7:30pm, miLKlabs will open its doors to the public for another Tuesday Open Night – this time as part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival!

Members of the public are invited to come in and see our space, have a look at our past and more recent projects, and find out more about hackerspaces and maker spaces across Ireland and abroad.

Visitors will be encouraged to learn how to solder to assemble their own tiny miLKlabs flashlight !

Come anytime from 7:30 until 9pm! This is a map with our location. If the door is locked, please ring the door buzzer or text 089 4569898 (the miLKlabs phone).

If you have any question, please leave a comment here or drop an email to

Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

We are happy to announce that miLKlabs is participating in the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, taking place in Limerick city and county during the week 26 March – 1 April 2012.

We will host 3 events during the following week:

  • Tuesday, 27 March 2012  between 7:30 and 9pm we will run a soldering workshop.
  • Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 7-9pm – Introduction to Arduino workshop, lead by Trevor Hogan
  • Sunday, 1st April 2012 12- 2pm – City Tweasure Hunt – a treasure hunt using Twitter, Foursquare and Google Maps

More details to follow soon!

Ubuntu Global Jam

This Saturday, 3rd of September, miLK labs will be hosting an event as part of the Ubuntu Global Jam happening around the world that weekend.

Ubuntu is a free Linux based operating system, and the Ubuntu Global Jam is an:

… opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 2 – 4 September 2011 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

The Limerick event will be taking place between 10am and 6pm on the Saturday and will be running along side sister events in other makerspaces around the country, namely Galways 091labs and Dublins Tog.

Members and non-members are encouraged to call in to to learn about contributing to an important project like Ubuntu and possibly help with bug fixes, testing, translations, documentation or in any other way.

For more information:

Android workshop attracts 25 participants

Photo by Harry Van Haaren

Our Android workshop last Tuesday evening, lead by Mark McLouglin, was a huge success with 25 people in attendance. Mark has kindly made his slides available for download (PDF)

Arduino workshop at University of Limerick

Limerick’s new creative space – MiLKlabs — kicked off proper last night with an Arduino workshop at University of Limerick (kindly hosted by Mikael Fernstrom in his lab). It was an informal introductory session with a broad overview from Trevor, a demonstration from Marty and a general discussion among the group about interesting project possibilities.

One reason I’m participating in MiLKlabs is to see what innovative ideas can emerge from a group of creative people, all coming from different backgrounds. Even last night it was evident how this can work in practice when there was a range of proposals for Arduino use which could well lead on to actual projects.


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