Archive for March, 2012

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.

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.

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!

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