Intel will be demonstrating the versatility of the Galileo board and showcasing the Internet of Things (IoT) through their wide range of partners and educational groups;

  • Smart Dolls House
    Transform an ordinary doll house into a smart IoT house. Through both twitter and sensors all smart enhancements will be triggered. Ideals for enhancements included lights turn on when a doll enters the house, to alarm goes off is some one opens through a window. Each of these actions will then interact on twitter to notify the user. Another cool opportunity of the our cool doll house will be enable anyone in the world interact with it on the day and trigger actions in the house using twitter. This is an excellent introduction to IoT especially for girls, where they will get a hands on opportunity to fully setup and create the smart components for the house.
  • Ted the Robot
    TED is the CoderDojo IoT robot and mascot. We will demonstrate TED including how he was developed and powered by Intel Technologies. Attendees will then be challenged and timed to drive and park TED into a designated area. In through CoderDojo style TED’s favourite language is code and you must drive him by writing some simple code instructions.
  • 1980’s Robot
    The 1980’s were so cool, but sometimes it is hard to see what parts of that decade fit into the modern era. This demo will give the attendees a hands on opportunity to transform a 1980’s robot with IoT technologies. Utilising the latest technologies our aim is for this robot to move and dance like the 80’s.
  • Tip Tap Tap Interactive School Desk
    Tip Tap Tap enables students to play, to experiment, to learn actively through gesture and touch interaction, leverage their kinaesthetic intelligence to improve understanding and encourage deep engaged learning.
    Existing school desks quickly become a touch-sensing interface (at very low cost), prioritising active whole-brain learning through physical interaction.

  • Plant Bot
    Sprinkler automated Smart Turn On/Of depending on weather forecast information of a specific location (e.g. allotments). Forecast information will be sourced from the Internet. – Smart Turn On/Off (one basic scenario example) means if the plant needs water and the forecast of the plant location says is it is going to rain then do not water wait for rain.- Sprinkler automated Turn On/Off depending on soil needs/doesn’t need water (e.g. in house plants).- (50% New) Sprinkler Turn On/Of remotely using TeamViewer phone app (e.g. in house plants). – Monitor your plants (on the screen) remotely using TeamViewer phone app (any plants).
  • Intelligent scrum hat
    Intelligent scrum hat’ – demonstrates the capability of making athletic clothing ‘intelligent’. This scrum hat collects information about the athletes experience and can be used to make better informed diagnostics, should the player get injured
  • Pet Proof Alarm
    Pet Proof Alarm‘ – demonstrates an alarm system that allows your pets to roam freely throughout the house, without having to deactivate the sensors of the alarm in particular rooms in your house.
  • Ubiworx IoT Gateway development kit
    The ubiworx IoT Gateway development kit is a multi-function machine to machine automation system that:
    – Measures temperature and humidity in a room
    – Senses ambient light levels in the room
    – Turns the LED on or off based on local rules or commands received from the smart phone
    – Measures and acts on the vibration level of the fan
    – Measures the weight of the objects placed on the scale
    – Reports on the general health of the gateway (WiFi signal strength, memory usage, CPU occupancy)
    – Allows remote control & monitoring via smart phone
    – Acts locally on rules created by the end user, for example if the weight exceeds a threshold the LED turns on

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – Intel


Members of the Dublin hackerspace TOG will be showcasing some old and new projects from our members;

  • Skull Radio – A bone conduction project that allows the user to listen to sounds without using their ears.
  • Duck shooting gallery – lasertag for ducks.
  • Ring The Bell – aka High Striker carnival  style game were people can hit a pad with a big hammer and see their strength.
  • Tachyonic Antitelephone – receive mysterious printed messages from your future self  Spectral forms: Watch and listen to your brain waves in real time, using an eeg device and some custom software.
  • TOG Lockpickers – Come and give lockpicking a try. Demonstrations of different locks throughout the day as well as hands on lockpicking tutorials from TOG’s very own lockpickers. Have your own lockpicks? Come and test your skills against TOG’s ever growing collection of Love Locks from Dublin’s own Ha’penny Bridge.

Institute of Physics Ireland

We want to show people how to make and launch paper rockets, have a Giant Solar balloon (weather permitting), as well as demonstrating how to make Physics Toys we intend to include a ” Make your own Magic” section where we will show who to make a simple magic kit -with underlining science principles.
We will have lots of ‘Freebies’ to give away and our Physics Buskers will also perform.


The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Light to highlight the central role of light has in the modern world from science and technology to nature and culture. Year of Light makers come from all over Ireland to demonstrate how light is used in our everyday lives though lots of hands on experiments and demonstrations including;

  • Medical imaging, surgical procedures, and even diagnoses rely upon the use of light. An example is Tissue Viability (TiVi) imaging, which is method of determining blood concentration in tissue using a standard digital camera and a laptop. This is a nice example of a very simple medical imaging system, using easy to understand image processing and components that many people have available at home.
  • Light based smartphone apps using the camera of smartphones to capture meaningful changes in the light, such as the redness in the skin or even the heart rate.
  • Interference with light (laser and white light) using a Michelson Interferometer.
  • Making UV bracelets and LED badges.
  • There will also be some optical illusions to show the different ways in which light works.
  • Laser graffiti.

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – Light2015

Mini Metal Foundry

We are model makers who have built a mini forge, based on an idea by Grant Thompson. We would love to show other makers how they can build their own forge and cast their own sculpts and creations. One of our team will digitally sculpt a figure then it will be 3d printed, silicone moulded, cast in wax, then fired in the forge using the old lost wax method. As part of our presentation we will show how old and new technologies can be used together in various ways for different projects.

Toy Customization and Sculpting

This year I would like to show my vinyl toy customization, process and finished pieces. I started doing this 5 years ago as a training in sculpting and painting and it helped me to discover my interest in sculpture and develop new skills. It is not expensive, easy to start and so much fun that it’s hard to give up.

“Urban vinyl is a type of designer toy, figurines and other collectibles produced in limited editions (as few as 1 or as many as 2000 pieces), created primarily by illustrators, artists, musicians, DJs, graffiti and self-taught artists and are marketed to collectors, predominantly adults.
The urban vinyl trend was initiated by artist Michael Lau, who first created urban vinyl figures in Hong Kong in the late 1990s. Other creators of urban vinyl figures are Japanese artist and designer Takashi Murakami whose work has been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and former graffiti artist KAWS.” from wikipedia.

I will also bring my brand new dragon sculpture,( this time it is not animatronic). I sculpted it from scratch, molded, casted and painted and will explain how it is made.

Lights Out

Our project is being created by four 3rd year students in Creative Media in DkIT for our degree show in June. Lights Out is an interactive, fast paced game, which uses light indicators & buttons to test the player’s speed, reactions & agility. Lights Out is built like an upturned skateboard ramp and powered by flash, mySQL, an Arduino, two MaKey MaKeys, 13 switches, plenty of LEDs and countless feet of wiring!
The concept is simple, when a light comes on, press it to turn it back off, the challenge is in the timing! There are two different ways to play against the Lights Out clock;
1. You are set a fixed amount of time and must try to turn off as many lights as possible within the allocated time.
2. You are allowed a certain amount of time to turn off each light. This time gets slowly shorter as the game progresses so don’t slow down!
Don’t get too frantic though, hit an unlit button and it’s GAME OVER!
Check your scores on our website to see where you sit on our leaderboard and challenge your friends.
We challenge YOU to try for a high score and beat us at our own game, Lights Out!

The Future of Food

Urban Farm & Belvedere College will display the various DIY hacked hydroponic systems that they use in their school greenhouse for growing food without soil, featuring LED lighting, recirculating hydroponic systems and all made from materials found in your local hardware store.

Hardie Kids from Mint Tek Circuits

Our idea is to teach people young and old about SMD (surface mount device) assembly and how easy it is. Its a side project within my company Mint Tek Circuits. Using the a reflow controller, toaster oven we create Printed Circuit Board (PCB) badges that flash LEDs. The kids (generally but not always) prepare the PCB and assemble we ‘cook’ the badge to create the circuits and one battery later we have a badge.

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – Hardie Kids

E-nable Tallaght

E-naable Tallaght is a society based the Institute of Technology Tallaght. We make 3d printed prosthetic hands for charity. To date our members have made over 5 hands and a prosthetic arm for children who have been born with partial limbs primarily as a result of a condition called amniotic band syndrome. The hands are made and delivered for free and all costs are absorbed by our group. Here is a link is to the latest arm we fabricated and delivered.  Our group is linked with the American organisation, Enabling the Future.


RoboSlam is a robot-building workshop for beginners, which we offer to audiences of different ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings. The workshops are staffed entirely by volunteers, most of whom are engineering teachers or students from DIT Kevin St. The primary aim of RoboSlam is to promote STEM education by giving people a flavour of what it is engineers do and especially how they create smart things that move.  At Dublin Maker 2014 we exhibited several of the ultra low-cost robots we use in our workshops and we also provided a couple of picnic tables for members of the public to try building a simple robot themselves. At Dublin Maker 2015, we propose to scale up the public robot building aspect of our exhibit. Specifically, we would like to create a “RoboSlam Cafe” where members of the public can drop in whenever there’s a free table and choose an item from the menu (a robot kit) which they spend an hour or so putting together.  To facilitate a reasonably fast turnaround, the robot build process in RoboSlam Cafe will be a simplified version of what participants normally do in our workshops. For example, the microcontroller that acts as the brain of the robot will be pre-programmed. In other respects though, participants will be building a real robot from real off-the-shelf components.


Each & Other – in collaboration with Sophie Donnan (designer, aged 9) – are building a robot that can copy handwritten text and drawing, for educational purposes*. Kids of all ages can test its skill at duplicating their scrawling and can keep the copy for their own delight. The robot uses a custom-made CNC plotter along with a webcam and is powered by an Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

(* for fun, definitely not for copying homework… we swear!)

Brewing with Science!

The use of science and engineering in brewing. From bottle fillers to stir plates, slanting yeast and using the BrewPi to assist with fermentation.
We will have plenty of brewing gadgets and gizmos, and their owners to explain how they work and how they contribute to making great beer!

SunRisa – The Sun-like alarm clock

I built an Arduino + smartphone (Bluetooth) controlled alarm clock to wake you up naturally and gradually in the morning, with a 100-Watt LED that comes on slowly, and ends up very bright, like the Sun rising. This is v.2.0. My first version, which I have enjoyed for 20 years, was 2kW of incandescent lamps controlled by a variac autotransformer driven by a slow motor on a timer. V2.0 is much lighter and more energy-efficient. It is great for setting your circadian rhythm, to deal with travel across time zones, night working, or seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.).

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – SunRisa

Heroes Choice

Heroes Choice is an extremely social board gamethat provides a memorable experience using player created storytelling along with elements of role playing mixed in. Dress up as a Knight, a Princess or even a Jester and embark on an epic adventure through dangerous quests with your fellow companions!

Hilarity ensues as players complete a set of 12 quests together whilst creating their own stories through the course of play which makes the game’s experience different each time! The props provided make for an even funnier experience as players look more and more ridiculous.

Waves and Sines

Interactive art meets science. Drawing machines, reused materials, shapes in nature, unusual shapes and a whole lot of fun to be had.

Tom Murphy (Woodturning)

I will bring a mini lathe and turn various small objects during the day including bangles, bottle stoppers, shaving kits etc.

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – Tom Murphy

Fever Pitch

Six exhibits inspired by the history of the Bohemians FC. The exhibits include a scarf that shouts like football crowd when shaken, a field modelled on real movements from a game, a bird that tweets when interacted with the tweeter account of the FC, hats that glow in the home and away colours depending on location.

Hand Carved Rockinghorse

Hand carved rocking horse with some woodturnings and woodcarvings also demonstrate woodcarving in progress

MIDI Music Instruments

I have designed and produced a number of MIDI circuit designs using the ATmega series of micro-controllers. The designs are based on the Arduino. In particular I would like to demonstare a number of MIDI Musical instruments including a MIDI Irish Whistle, MIDI Pan Pipes, a MIDI touch Guitar, touch keyboard and touch drums, and show the operation of piezo transducers as force detection sensors for MIDI drums an also as breath pressure sensors for wind controller instruments.

Contact Microphones: Piezos and Electronics

Experiments involving contact microphones are a perennial favourite with sound artists–yet there are several factors which can stand in the way of a high-fidelity recording experience when using this type of microphone. This Maker Stand sets out to address the common issues that are encountered when using this type of transducer technology. There will be: 10-minute demonstrations on theory of contact mic technologies and of the design the associated electronics; live in-situ auditions of the different types of mics; a demonstration of soldering techniques; a discussion of mounting procedures; a solutions-driven analysis of the various types of noise and interference.

This Maker Stand approaches the deployment of contact microphones from a professional audio perspective, and this sets the demonstration apart from the usual hobbyist-type presentation. The emphasis is on high-quality sound, and on the minimisation of noise and hum. The common ‘bell buzzer’ type of piezo mic will be demonstrated and, in addition, the more exotic PVDF film mics will be on display. There is an in-depth discussion of preamps and buffers, as this is one of the components of the recording chain that causes the most problems when using contact mics. These mics are quite susceptible to noise, so there will be section dealing with shielding and balancing–a set of strategies for achieving a clean, quiet signal. In addition, there will be a section dealing with casing and protection–here techniques such as potting, strain relief and coating will be discussed.

Core Rope Memory

This type of Read-Only Memory helped get people to the moon. Come and see a demonstration of how magnets and wires woven into rope can store information. We’ll also have some examples of jewellery inspired by Core Rope Memory.

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – Core Rope Memory

Printing the Future

Highlighting the 3d printing work undertaken by Colin Keogh, Shane Keaveny and other members of UCD engineering newly forms medical device design group. Displayed work will include medical device concepts, educational tools, biological models and invention prototypes. a number of 3d printers will be on display showing how they work to the public.

Maynooth MakerSoc

Music sound synthesis using DIY gesutral controllers which can be used by everyone;

  • Interactive LED cubes and games for the public to try.
  • Speech synthesis Ardunio unit with large button programmable interface.
  • Large tetris interactive board.
  • Retro arcade game setup

South East Makerspace (SEMS)

This would be an overview of SEMS projects such as;

  • Floppy drive Midi Player – Many computing hardware devices such as floppy drives, hard drives, dot matrix printers and even scanners can when the internal motors are activated with the right frequencies, generate music. There are many examples available on youtube, I’ve added a few interesting ones below. There are Arduino libraries available to convert MIDI input into the control commands necessary to play the output on a bank of floppy drives working simultaneously.
  • The Floppy Octet – is a project which was collaboratively built at the South East Makerspace.
  • 3D printer – and other members projects

Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam

We will be bringing down a set of Raspberry Pi related, hands on activities including a set of Raspberry Pi dots boards which are interactive conductive ink dot to dot boards. On top of the dots boards, we will also see about bringing 6-8 Raspberry Pis down to set up a mini workshop space. Alongside this, we will also bring down with us a few additional Farset Labs members projects including Wizard, the Twitter traffic light.

LightBox Lab

Lightbox Lab (North East Maker Space) 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 within a relaxed environment. Displays of different Arduino, Raspberry Pi projects,  Leds and so forth.

091 Labs

091 Labs will be showcasing our Galway makerspace.

South Dublin Radio Club

I plan on demonstrating a moving satellite receive system, that uses a dish mounted on a tripod. Is it for receiving live video from astronauts in space. It moves around and looks good.  This is an example of the type of video this can receive.

Irish Lace- A New Tradition

This year I’ll be showing some of my new creations where I’ve been mixing some traditional handmade lace techniques with new technology and materials. Work includes CNC engraving and hand stitching into plexiglass as well as more recent pieces which bring the worlds of science and handmade lace together.

Check out the blog post, Meet the Maker – Irish Lace, A New Tradition

Underwater Robotics

Bob is our open source, autonomous underwater robot and sensor platform designed to allow people to do real ocean science and conservation on a low budget. The Lego ROV is a means to engage children or all ages with the world of underwater robotics and the difficulties inherent in making robots that operate in the water – it’s also fun.

NeuroHacking Exhibit

Brain-computer Interfacing is an emerging field bridging a number of disciplines including neuroscience and computing. Effectively, by sensing the neural signals of a person we can decode and translate these patterns into commands to control computer interfaces, or for instance enable aspects of the environment to intelligently respond to a person’s mental state. In Dublin Maker we aim to bring a number of these cutting-edge developments and interfaces to the general public in the form of demonstrators that the general public can try out.

EEG (Electroencephalography) involves the sensing of electrical patterns of brain activity, and is a primary go to sensing technology to enable such interfaces due to its low cost, quick-and-easy application and safety. By using consumer-grade EEG devices we can extract moment-to-moment changes in signals related to a person’s mental state and use these to drive – in real-time – interfaces that the general public can easily try out and get the gist of.

In DublinMaker we will showcase 3 primary demo applications:

  • NeuroPong: Here we will allow a user to have a mental tug-o-war match using their neural signals to control a ping pong ball in a tube with another person over 8000km away similarly wearing an EEG headset,
  • NeuroGlow: By using signals related to a person’s attention state we will allow them to control – and share – their moment-to-moment attentional state by controlling a colour light bulb. For instance a user could control the light colour/intensity by zoning out or closing their eyes thus allowing other members of the public to get a visually meaningfully interpretation of the headset wearer’s mental state,
  • NeuroBuzz: Similar to NeuroGlow, this demonstrate will aim to allow a person to covertly share aspects of their mental state with others by means of a vibrotactile display – similar to the vibrating technology found in modern smartphones.The primary aim of our demonstrators are to increase understanding for the general public in the types of neural signals that can be captured and to begin to educate them on the types of applications and possibilities surrounding their use.

TCD Music & Media Technologies – Interactive Showcase

Our booth would showcase some of the interactive music and art projects undertaken by present and past students and staff of the Music & Media Technologies (MMT) Course at Trinity College Dublin. The Vimeo link below gives 3 example projects that could be shown; a visual musical turntable, an ‘invisible drum-kit’ and an interactive mat for teaching rhythm. All of these use a combination of open source (Arduino) and hacked (Kinect etc.) hardware, and open source software (Processing, PureData etc,) in their implementations.

SWICN Computer Clubhouse

We will be showcasing and demonstrating maker projects our young people worked on and developed throughout the year at the Computer Clubhouse (for example Makey Makey, Drawbots, Homemade guitars, e-textiles, etc.). As part of the exhibit the young people from the Clubhouse will run mini workshops for other young people visiting the event to participate in. As these proved very successful at last year’s event.

Chime Spine

Chime Spine is a musical instrument approx 3 meters in length by 1.5m wide. Basically it’s a large wind chimes type instrument, with two rows of metal tubes suspended from a central CNC cut plywood spine. Made for up to 8 people to play at a time with integrated mallets. I have used the metal tubes in several projects, and they have a very pleasant, clear ringing pitch. This instrument will consist of 48 tubes spanning four octaves.

Maker Electronics Ireland run workshops teaching creative technologies to musicians, artists and young people throughout Ireland and the UK. We will be demoing some of the cool stuff we show people how to make at our workshops.

We also develop hardware to drive experimental music creation and will be showing off our Eurorack Modular Synthesiser modules including the new Patchblocks module which we have developed. Finally we will be showing off our Stripboard PCBs which all guitarists to design and build their own effects units. The Stripboard PCB fits perfectly into a standard enclosure and houses all the inputs, power, circuit protection and true-bypass switching. This makes building an effect pedal as painless as possible by reducing the amount of wiring to zero while minimising the potential for crosstalk.

Eszter Hatala

All of my work is about using discarded materials such as broken glass, tiles, eggshell, newspaper and so on. During Dublin Maker show I would like to exhibit my baskets using newspapers and mosaics using eggshells.


Makeshop is a collaborative workshop space opened by the Science Gallery in 2012. We have had a stand at the last two events where we show off all the workshops you can do with us as well as a few of our cool in-house toys. is an event listing website for science and technology events and is aimed at young people, there are also coding resources on the site. Lots of the events listed on the website are related to coding and this is my main area of interest. The purpose of my exhibit is to show young people how easy and useful it is to learn how to code and to get your idea onto the web. This will be an interactive exhibit and will have a number of laptops set up to conduct 5-10minute ‘hello world’ coding workshops using text editors. I also intend to have a cool raspberry pi activity too. There will be short and simple instruction guides for people to use at the event and some to take away too. I will have QR codes and NFC stickers for people to link to my online coding resources I want to show people how good technology is and how anybody can get their idea online, I am 12 and I can do it so anybody can.


Our TechSpace groups will be trying out ‘making’ for the first time this summer, They will be making paper circuits, mono amplifiers, makey makey scribble bots & electro fashion.

Dalriada Robotics Club

Like last year, we plan to bring down a set of Lego NXTs and Lego EV3s and set up a maze for them. We will then teach kids to program these incredibly simple robots to complete an obstacle course. We have even more robots this year!

Hand-Held Gamer

I constructed a hand-held gaming device during the final year of my Engineering Degree (IADT). The device consists of two dot LED matrix displays cascaded and placed within a wooden, retro- fell enclosure. An Arduino Uno micro-controller drives the circuit, which also contains four MAX7219 shift registers to control the LEDs within each display matrix as well as a hand full of other components. The device plays both classic games Tetris and Snake. There are four SPST buttons for the user to navigate and play the games.The device also has the ability to display both text and characters.

PinJig Electronics

PinJig is the only solution for makers that allows clamping of and an entire circuit board in one easy sequence. It is portable, hackable and supports open source framing solutions like MakerBeam and openbeam. Stay tuned!

Pingster: Curious collaboration

Pingster™ is an online space that brings together the ideas of children who code, design and create 3D models and games in one space, to play and learn with technology by making stuff. The Pingster web app is for children aged 7-14 years old who enjoy sharing digital ideas and collaborating together on projects.

The big idea is that anyone can become a digital maker to invent and experiment with the technology! It is a place to explore ideas, build digital skills and share creativity in a secure and friendly online environment.

Hack Circus

I’d like to talk about my project, Hack Circus – what it is, where it came from, and where it might go. Specifically, I’d like to openly share some of my learnings about the trials of trying to get a creative business off the ground with the other makers. Hack Circus is an event series, a quarterly magazine and more, merging reality and fantasy with hacks, talks and performances.

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