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19 Mar 2019

Dublin Maker Open Call 2019

It’s that time of the year, just after St. Patrick’s Day where our Open Call for Makers goes live! How exciting! Do you love bunting, laser cut lanyards and free t-shirts? Do you also want to be part of the Irish Maker community and showcase to the public your wonderful and inspiring makes and hacks on Saturday 20th July in Merrion Square? If you answered yes to all of the above, then have we the maker festival for you! All you need to do is fill in the short application form on the Open Call page and we can make it happen.

Closing date for our 2019 Open Call is May the 1st. May the 15th. If you have any questions you can contact us here. You can also reach us on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:

  • Student Projects
  • Crafts people showing their process
  • Robotics
  • Music Performance and Participation
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)

For more information and the application form, check out the Open Call page.

18 Jul 2018

80’s Coder Dojo

80’s Coder Dojo – DCU-MU MusicTech

Dublin City University and Maynooth University will be joining up to provide a hands on experience of 8-bit coding on vintage 80’s computers including Commodore 64k, BBC B micros, Vic 20, Sinclair Spectrum, Acorn Electron, etc.  Think Scratch programming too low level? Wait til you get your hands on some 8-bit programming and the thrill of slowly saving it to audio tapes! If that does n’t thrill you to bits then take part in our new social neuroscience experimental experience. Jump into conversations with random people at DM and with our “rapportometer” get a measure of how much you are digging the converation! We swear there is some really cool neuroscience at work there but also a lot of hacking with Raspberry PIs and Nintendo bits. Finally, for the 80’s throwbacks for whom 8-bit is just too…well binary, Dr Joe will be serving up a range of analog synths built from scratch or kits to get your groove on. We may even have other things to show too…its only Thursday after all. We can do lots in 48 hours!

18 Jul 2018

Creative Spark

Creative Spark

Creative Spark provides an infrastructure to support the development of creative and innovative start-up enterprises in County Louth and the North East. It provides practical opportunities through the provision of training and opportunities within the creative industries and technology sectors. It has ceramics, glass and printmaking facilities in Dundalk and will bring a pop-up Creative Spark Print Studio to Dublin Maker so that everyone can try their hand at screen-print for themselves. This year Creative Spark is also going to try to establish whether dog people or cat people rule! No offence to the foxes at Dublin Maker… 🙂

18 Jul 2018

MakerDojo – You Can Do This

MakerDojo – You Can Do This

You can do this.

That’s the idea for MakerDojo. We’ll show you technology, science, mathematic and engineering projects, mini and large makes, but more importantly, why and how they work, and how you can make them yourselves.

MakerDojo is a club encouraging the general public to explore science and technology in hands-on “hacker” style workshops inspired by the growing Maker movement, a worldwide community of hobbyists, students and enthusiasts who take a creative, DIY approach to technology, science and engineering. We give practical experience of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas and the opportunity to become confident inventors, experimenters and creators.

The events are aimed for adults down to Transition Year students to (think 16 and older), however younger people are encouraged attend as part of a family group. If there are any workshops you would like to see covered in the MakerDojo series, contact William Knott in Tyndall National Institute’s MakerSpace Lab or via @TheMakerDojo on Twitter. MakerDojo is made possible due to funding from Science Foundation Ireland #BelieveInScience

This also includes the Deidre Project. She is a Raspberry Pi based Artificial Intelligence face detection system housed in a semi-transparent body… a ghost if you will. You can light up this Deirdre of the Smiles; if you smile for her. The more smiles she sees, the more she’ll light up.

And… you *can* do this at home too.


18 Jul 2018



Hi, my name is Nadine and I have always drawn and made things as gifts, for my children, for friends, weddings and birthday parties to name a few.

I started my own stationery business in 2017 and called it Love Ink Paper Scissors as this name reflects my favourite things.

I would love to share my love of making, and show that everyone, kids and adults alike, can simply and easily make fabulous and unique creations, using simple materials as well as their hands, eyes and unbridled imagination.

I will set up a diy stationery workshop at Dublin Maker, where my little elves and I will help you create your own notebooks, pop up cards, funky envelopes, handmade stamps and foam magnets.

There will be mostly no templates or designs to copy as I would encourage everyone to develop their own ideas and choose from the large selection of colourful, recycled, cheap and easy materials I will provide (magazine pages, origami paper, coloured card and foam sheets, string, ribbon, stickers, googly eyes, markers etc…) to inspire them. There will however be examples of various easy techniques you can use and basic templates for pop-up cards, stamps and magnets for those who would like them.

I really hope you will have fun, be inspired by the creative and making process, and even continue to make your own stationery or more beyond Dublin Maker.

18 Jul 2018

Galaxies Stones

Galaxies Stones

Namaste! I have always been fascinated by Physics and Astronomy. As a child I wondered about Space and it’s constituents like Stars, Planets, Comets, Constellations and Galaxies. So due to this interest I have done my Masters in Physics and then Masters in Education. I like to spend more time with kids as they are very curious and full of energy and we learn a lot while teaching them. While teaching Physics to my students I mostly use the learning by doing and creative problem solving method.


Galaxy Stones workshop is my first attempt in Dublin to teach kids about Three main types of Galaxies present in the Universe. This is an art as well as Science workshop. Hope kids bring their own stones to turn them into sparking Galaxies and enjoyed this event!!

In future, I like to organize another workshops related to other Physics topics by using Practical methods and things from day to day life. Thanks.

Kind Regards,

Vaneeta Agnihotri.

15 Jul 2018

Anyone 4 Science

Anyone 4 Science

Anyone 4 Science is an educational organisation established in 2005 to bring hands-on science, engineering and maths activities to primary school age children. We run camps in the holidays, visit schools, run after school science clubs and entertain children at parties and other events. After a short while we realised that it is not only primary school children who enjoy fun hands-on activities….

We are delighted to be at the Dublin Maker festival this year and will be doing our very popular Irish Heatwave Experiment with anyone who would like to give it a try.

At the festival we are going to be helping you make ice cream. Simple you might say but we don’t have electricity or a great big freezer in the square so you are going to have to make your own individual freezer to solidify your ice cream. We are going to use the same method that they used 2000 years ago in Rome. Did you know the Romans loved ice cream?

If your experiment is successful you might even get to taste what you have made!

15 Jul 2018



JellyLab is a group of neuroscientists based in the School of Medicine in University College Dublin. Making has been part of our daily routine for years; designing and building your own equipment reflects a central part of our lab’s philosophy. We design the tools we need to answer the questions we have, rather than asking the questions that suit the tools we have. As researchers, we also know that creativity is at the heart of good science, so the idea of the maker-scientist just makes sense to us!

What makes someone a scientist?

Science doesn’t have to be something just done by experts in labcoats. Science is asking questions about how the world around you works, and coming up with a way to answer those questions. At Dublin Maker, we want to show everyone how we do what we do, and show people how they can ask and answer their own questions, how to make tools to help, and feed and satisfy their own curiosities.


So why are we called JellyLab?

We introduced comb jellies (also called ctenophores) to our lab three years ago and have fallen completely in love with them since. Most people have never seen them, but they’re common in the seas all around the globe (most of ours come from Howth harbour). We’ll be bringing some along to show how simple experiments can be carried out, with simple DIY tools, to explore how these little creatures behave. They may be among the simplest of animals, but what they do is surprisingly complex!

DIY microscopy!

Microscopes are one of the most important tools in our lab. We have a lot of them, and most we made ourselves. We’ll be bringing some along, including an automated one we hacked from a 3D printer, and a mini fluorescence microscope. Also, we’ll be showing how to turn a phone camera into a microscope. Look at the jellies, your hands, your shirt, or whatever else you want!


3D printed anatomy!

Anatomy is central to medical education, and in recent years we have begun to use 3D printing to make models for teaching anatomy.  We’ll be showing some functional and multi material models, some of which were made by the students themselves. Even though these are mostly used for teaching medical students, they are also a great way to show the hidden beauty of the human body to everyone.

15 Jul 2018


MAKERMEETIE – Cardboard Engineering and Edible Painting

What is MakerMeetIE?

With an emphasis on learning by making, MakerMeetIE helps educators to bring MakerSpaces into their classrooms and helps students explore the fun of working together. Problem-solving combined with creativity are at the heart of this hands-on, collaborative learning process incorporating science, technology, engineering, art and maths.

MakerMeetIE has extended its reach beyond the once a year ICT in Education event in Thurles to encourage teachers across the country to engage with the Maker movement to bring STEAM to classrooms nationwide. The team behind MakerMeetIE were particularly busy during European Maker Week with nationwide school-based workshops as well as a MakerMeet in the Microsoft Dreamspace to close out the week.

What will they be doing at Dublin Maker?

Last year at Dublin Maker the focus in the MakerMeetIE tent was on collaborative learning with rockets and marble runs with a side order of electronics. This year the emphasis will be on Cardboard Engineering – by helping to build a village, geometric structures and a geodesic dome! After your hard work, you’ll make a cardboard lunchbox and fill it with your very own shaped, edible painted sandwich. Between all of that is an exhibition of talking robot heads, electronics, fruity music, LEDs, coding, robots and more!

Participants are invited to attend the ongoing workshops and exhibitions throughout the day. Come join the fun!

Who is behind MakerMeetIE?

Chris Reina is based in Kerry and is Ireland’s only Apple Certified T3 Trainer. He supports educational institutions nationwide by providing services such as: workshops and training to teachers and students; servicing and repairs; implementing and deploying technology as well as web and graphic design.

Hassan Dabbagh is based in Mayo and, as an Educational Technologist, he enables teachers to get the best from the technology they have available to them. By eliminating the ICT issues that impede the use of technology he enables and encourages teachers to augment their practices and pedagogy.

Pam O’Brien is based in Tipperary and is a Maths and Computer Science lecturer in LIT.  The integration of technology in education is a key driving force in her work. Pam organises the ICT in Education conference in Thurles annually and has been a CoderDojo mentor for more than six years.

15 Jul 2018

Trinity Walton Club

Trinity Walton Club

Trinity Walton Club provides a unique hub for secondary school students who are passionate about science technology engineering and maths (STEM).

The club programme runs on Saturdays during the academic year. Our Easter and summer camps are bite-sized opportunities for students to experience Trinity College Dublin and immerse themselves in STEM. During camp, students (we call them Alphas) work in teams, engaging in STEM sessions to further enhance their problem-solving abilities. We challenge Alphas to stretch their minds, grow as learners and think outside the box.

At the club Alphas explore these subjects in depth,  engage in thought-provoking and challenging STEM activities, and design & build various group projects to showcase at the end of the year.

This year at Dublin Maker our Alphas will showcase some of their STEM projects designed to work together in a SMART HOME. Projects include innovations for every part of the home: a cereal dispenser and an RFID fridge for the kitchen; a colour tap and a smart mirror in the bathroom; a variety of home safety measures, alarms and keys; even a plant-watering robot!