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Finish Weekend 12-13 November

Clear your calender for next weekend and get something done!

Finished!

MiLKlabs will be hosting a “Finish Weekend” this November 12th – 13th. Drop in whenever you feel like it or spend the full two days finishing “that” project.

It can be anything that needs to be finished, some ideas:

  • A scarf
  • An essay
  • A robot
  • A song
  • A prototype
  • A website
  • An annoying software bug
  • A blog post

When and Where
It will be running from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday, but there may be people there outside of those hours. (Is anyone adventurous/determined enough to bring a sleeping bag and do an all-nighter?)

It will be hosted at our miLKLabs space at the Franciscan Friary, Lower Henry Street, Limerick

Non-Members
As always, curious members of the public are free to call in and look around. And for a small donation (maybe €5) you can use the space/energy/knowledge/skills to finish a project of your own.

Electronics Bootcamp

“The miLKlabs Electronics Bootcamp is an intense introduction to basic and not-so-basic electronics.

Run by members of miLKlabs – Limerick’s makerspace – the bootcamp will emphasize hands-on experience and practical skills, but you’ll learn enough theory to be dangerous.

Some of the things you’ll learn:

  • What some electronic components look like and what they do
  • How to wire up some circuits
  • Some basic circuit theory
  • How useful a multimeter is
  • Some techniques for finding out why your circuit is broken

Other topics we’ll touch on include semiconductors, analog vs digital electronics and controlling high-powered things from Arduinos. And some fundamental physics.

When:

The bootcamp will be held over the 4 Thursdays of November – Dates: 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th.

Times:

7:00pm to 9.30pm

Where:

milklabs, Franciscan Friary, Lower Henry Street

Cost:

€40 euro, members go free. Limited to 8 places.

Requirements:

milklabs will let you borrow their equipment andcomponents forthis bootcamp. But you will need to bring:

  • Pen and paper
  • Knowledge of basic algebra
  • Calculator or smartphone

Sign Up

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:

http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-ie/1213/detail/

ArduinoFest

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.

Moving in to our new space – join us tonight

We’ve signed the contract with the Bonaventure Trust and taken possession of the keys to our home in the friary of the old Franciscan Church at the corner of Henry St. and Bedford Row.

Up there on the 2nd floor

Ever so happy to be signing a lease

During yesterday’s information session we met some of our new neighbours: two ladies who are painters, and two lads who are starting a recording studio on the second floor. There are two more artists on our floor that we haven’t met so all in all it’s turning into a really exciting space.

See Gabriela’s Facebook album for more photos. We think this calls for a little celebration!  We’re planning to meet in our “old” space after 7. So come along and we’ll pay a visit to our new place!

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 ignitelimerick@gmail.com 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.

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