What is a Hackerspace / Makerspace?


Hackerspace / Makerspace

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A hackerspace or makerspace are community operated workspaces where people with common interests, often in software, machining, engineering, technology, education, science, art, electronics, fabrication or craft can socialise and collaborate. These shared spaces give members a  place to be creative and work on their projects in an environment that is inspiring and supportive of both new and old technologies. The first Irish hackerspaces/makerspaces hit Irish shores about 5 years ago and since then a number of hacker and maker spaces have set up around the country. A number of hackerspace / makerspaces will be present at Dublin Maker 2014, check out their Meet the Maker blogs and don’t forget to check out your local hacker/makerspaces:

 

  •  TOG Dublin Hackerspace (Dublin)- http://www.tog.ie/
    TOG is a hackerspace based in Dublin City Centre. It is a shared space where members can have a place to be creative and work on their projects in an environment that is both inspiring and supportive of both new and old technologies. We had our first meeting on the 21st of January 2009 with a group of 17 people, some who had never met before, came together to form a group with the intention of setting up a hackerspace in Dublin. The meeting was great and everyone was full of enthusiasm. In less then 3 months we had membership coming in from over 20 members and a roof over our head. The space is fully funded by its members and gives members 24/7 access to work on a project or just a place to hang out.
    Check out the Meet the Maker post for more details on TOG Dublin Hackerspace

 

  • Lightbox Lab, North East Maker Space (Louth & Meath) – http://www.lightboxlab.ie/
    Lightbox Lab is a planned collaborative space for the Louth and Meath area. The aim of the Lightbox lab project is to provide a shared workspace where anybody with an interest in different aspects of technology,be they creative or purely technical can bring their ideas, projects and resources together in order to learn and share knowledge withina relaxed environment. We aim to join the growing irish community of maker and hackerspaces along with a bigger movement worldwide which has been developing to support the DIY creative culture, particularly in the technology and electronic arts area.
    Check out the Meet the Maker post for more details on Lightbox Lab

 

  • South East Maker Space (Waterford) – https://wiki.southeastmakerspace.org/doku.php
    The South East Makerspace is a club based in Waterford City dedicated to providing a communal space for SEMS members and their guests. The Makerspace will help our members to make their creative projects a reality by providing a friendly flexible space with the tools,supplies and equipment they need. We also host informative talks which allow Makers to share their knowledge and experience with other SEMS members and the general public.  We are a young organisation who met for the first time on April 4th 2013, Since then we have completed the basic framework of our club. We have recently acquired a building located in the center of Waterford City to base our Makerspace in.  We are actively looking for new members and encourage anyone interested in creating to join us and become a member of SEMS. Meetings are held monthly, on the second Saturday at 4pm in SEMS building, 4 Thomas Hill, Waterford.
    Check out the Meet the Maker post for more details on South East Maker Space

 

 

  • 091 Labs (Galway) – http://091labs.com/
    091 Labs is a collaborative community space based in Galway City, Ireland. It is a shared physical space for any and all creative projects: art, woodwork, software, photography and electronics – to name but a few. Our aim is to provide Galway with a place for people to work and collaborate on creative projects, to learn and to share their knowledge. We welcome all skill levels and all creative ideas.

 

  • Milk Labs (Limerick) – http://www.milklabs.ie/
    MiLKlabs is a collaborative community space based in Limerick City, Ireland. Our name is derived from ‘Made In LimericK’. It’s a shared physical space for any and all creative projects: art, woodwork, software, photography and electronics – to name but a few. Our aim is to provide Limerick with a place for people to work and collaborate on creative projects, to learn and to share their knowledge. We welcome all skill levels and all creative ideas.

 

 

  • Farset Labs (Belfast) – http://www.farsetlabs.org.uk/
    We are a inclusive group of students, professionals, academics, freelancers, artists, hackers, and organizers that believe strongly in experimental learning and the Do-It-Yourself ethic. We facilitate technology initiatives and encourage hands-on learning by maintaining an open workshop and creative space that is available to all. We maintain an inclusive membership policy, and strive to apply the principles of the open-software and open-hardware movements within our design policies. In short, we are an immersive experiment into the hacker ethic.

 

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