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June 05 2018

Finish a project at TOG, June Hackathon, Finishathon edition

At TOG, we love hacking, and we have a lot of projects lying around, so we want to try to finish some of them. That’s why we are having a one-day community Hackathon and the theme is Finish a Project! Don’t worry if you have a huge project that might take longer to finish, just finish a part of it. The event is free and open to everyone to attend, if you don’t have a project you can help someone else.

Group of people hacking in the TOG common room

The event will take place from 10AM to 10PM on Saturday, 23rd June in TOG, Dublin’s Hackerspace, 22 Blackpits.

The day starts at 10 with breakfast, then you can present your project or join another team. There’s no official prize, but there might be a few unofficial ones, but mainly a sense of achievement.

What can you work on at the hackathon?

You can work on anything, it’s a really open Hackathon.

  • Some people will be working on finishing Dublin Maker projects.
  • Are you coding something you want to finish?
  • Want to fix a bug in an open source project?
  • Finish writing something, design something?
  • Finish an electronics kit you have lying around?

What should I bring to the hackathon?

  • Bring whatever you need, there might be some spare parts or components at TOG.
  • Bringing a laptop is a good idea.
  • This is a one-day event so be ready to take home what you make.

Hope to see you on the day, would be helpful if you can register on Meetup so we have some idea of numbers. Any questions, please ask.

June 04 2018

Psychedelic Selfie Maker at The Interactive Show 6/16

2018-06-21 Workshop, build your own sensor station

Nå får du muligheten til å lodde sammen din egen lille batteribaserte LoRa temperatur og fukt sensor.

Arrangementet er gratis og sensoren får man med seg hjem og kan plasseres i din egen hage slik at du kan følge med på hvordan klimaet endrer seg på lokalt nivå.

Mer info og påmelding her:

Vi arrangerer dette i samarbeid med UiB og prosjektet i nederland. En heldig bieffekt av dette er at det blir plassert ut LoRa gateways mot The Things Network og de som er innen rekkevidde vil kunne sette opp egne sensorer ala LoPy i tillegg.


May 31 2018

Cryptocurrency Mining Workshop

This is the second time that this event takes place this year.

Come and learn about Cryptocurrency Mining with David. Learn how to start on the right foot with these new technologies.

You don’t need to bring a shovel, a simple laptop will do (MS Windows OS recommended)

> What is Crypto Mining (and why it is required)
> PoW and PoS.
> Difficulty, halving, Hashing power, block rewards.
> Pitfalls and concerns.
> Hands on with Staking and Masternode mining
> Hands on with CPU/ GPU mining.

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 from 6.30pm to 9pm

Feel free to join our meetup group or follow us on Twitter:


Get Your Tickets to The 9th Annual Interactive Show: Self-Driving Carbs
Intro to Soldering Workshop: Make an LED Tile on June 10th

May 29 2018

OpenChaos am Donnerstag, 31. Mai: "Quellen-TKÜ" – wenn Behörden in Computer einbrechen

Mit den neuen Polizeigesetzen in NRW und anderen Bundesländern werden die Befugnisse zum Einsatz von Schadsoftware massiv ausgeweitet. Doch dieses Instrument ist umstritten. Während die Effektivität nicht nachgewiesen wird, ergeben sich vielzählige ethische, rechtliche, finanzielle und gesellschaftliche Probleme. Durch die fortschreitende Digitalisierung – wie der Verlagerung von Diensten in die Cloud, Internet der Dinge, selbstfahrenden Autos – intensiviert sich der Impact derartiger Maßnahmen.

May 28 2018

Upcoming factory tour: Horween Leather

Based on the enthusiastic response to the idea of factory tours, I have reached out to a number of local businesses. It looks like the first tour is going to be with Horween Leather.

Many of you have probably seen their building at the intersection of Elston and Ashland. Horween was founded in 1905, and continues to blend handmade craftsmanship with modern techniques:

Horween Leather offers an unparalleled blend of quality, consistency, responsiveness, and innovation. Through the years, we have cultivated our experience to offer dynamic lines of leathers. Our products include traditional, old world tannages and techniques, carefully updated with modern applications. Today, our leathers are still made by hand, the same way as generations ago.

Horween’s product lines range from sports leathers (footballs and baseball gloves) to high-end footwear and other applications.

If you are interested in touring Horween, please register here.

Some things to note:

  • We don’t have a time of day, day of week, or date for the tour yet. Of course we will try to arrange a time that works best for the greatest number of people, but no guarantees are possible.
  • The number of people who can attend is limited, and participants will be chosen by random lottery.
  • Reminder: if there are other places you would like to tour — and especially if you have any connections — please get in touch!

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Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Workshop

This is the second time that this event takes place this year.

Come and learn about Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrency with David. Learn how to start on the right foot with these new technologies.

We will cover:
• How Bitcoin and Blockchain works.
• How to buy and sell safely.
• How to securely store cryptocurrencies.
• Privacy, rip-offs and other risks.
• Setup a wallet, send-receive coins, backup wallet.

Museums and Makers Inspiring Each Other Video

A few months back we teamed up with the Chester Beatty Library, to put on a night that gave makers and museums people a chance to learn from each other. Below is the video from the event with interviews with Don Undeen of BoomHiFive, Georgetown University Maker Hub, and Jenny Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library, and our own Jeffrey Roe giving their thoughts on makers and museums.



This event was part of the Making Museum project, an 18-month EU-funded training initiative (Erasmus+ 20172019) exploring how museum staff can up-skill in creativity, innovation, creative collaborations with local maker communities, and embed these ideas in their public programmes for audiences. 

May 21 2018

Visit TOG? Electronics, Coding, Lock Picking, Crafting, Wikipedia Editing

We had a great Open Social on Saturday with a lot of pizza from our famous pizza oven, tours, projects and even some board games! Keep an eye out for the next one in June!

Tonight(Monday) we have Electronics Night. Bring a project and/or your laptop. You could work on a kit or just bring a board or something you want to work on, or learn about!
Next Week we have 4 great events!
Monday we have Coding! Bring your laptop and work on a coding project you have been putting off. Contribute to an open source project or ask for help and we’ll point you to the best online resources for learning to code!

If coding isn’t your thing we also have Lock Picking! Learn about Physical Security with this fun manual skill!

Next Wednesday is Craft Night! Sewing, Knitting or any other craft you want to work on, bring a project and get creative!

On Wednesday we also have our monthly Wikipedia Editing night with Wikimedia Ireland!  There’s not only free knowledge at this event, there’s also free pizza!

May 18 2018

OpenChaos am Donnerstag, 24. Mai: Das neue Polizeigesetz NRW

Das geplante neue Polizeigesetz NRW fügt sich ein in die immer länger werdende Liste von verschärften Polizeigesetzen. Bayern macht es vor, und NRW zieht nach. Weitere Länder werden folgen.

Coolest Projects 2018

Coolest Projects offers young people from the international CoderDojo, Code Club, Raspberry Jam and wider Raspberry Pi community the opportunity to present the projects they have created at their local club. The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders aged up to 18.

Tog will be showcasing at Coolest Prjects again this year. We will have soldering classes, Lockpicking demos and a host of projects on display. The event runs from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 26th of May in RDS Simmonscourt. This family and educator friendly event is free for all young people under 18 to attend. More tickets visit ->


Wanted: help planning PS:1’s future location and, well, future

One of the tricky things in a volunteer-run organization is planning for the long-term. Positions turn over frequently, and it can be a challenge to develop institutional memory or focus on issues that play out over years.

Are you interested in helping to meet that challenge? PS:1’s building is up for sale. Although we have up to eight years left on our lease, most paths forward require action much sooner than that. We need to get our hands around this problem, and we especially need the help of volunteers who are invested in PS:1’s future and excited about making sure PS:1’s second decade is even better than its first.

At the same time, we have an opportunity to prototype a process for doing long-range planning of the kind that, so far, we mostly haven’t had much experience with.

To these ends, we are convening a Planning Working Group. Read more on the concept here.

Better yet, let us know if you are potentially interested in participating. Send an email to and write a sentence or two on the following:

  1. Why you are interested in joining the Planning Working Group.
  2. How much time you think you can realistically commit.
  3. Any relevant skills or knowledge you bring (none required, but if you have any, we’d love to hear about it).

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May 15 2018


The Idea

I love magnets. What kind of dark magic powers their mysterious forces?  It is questions like this that led me to study physics at university.  My Buckyball set is my favorite desk toy, it is my go-to fidget device.  Several years ago I was playing with them when an idea struck me hard., an idea I could not get rid of.   You could use magnets as an electronic scoring system for tag. I do enjoy a nice game of tag.  Back in the day my friends and I would run around the back woods of South Carolina shooting each other with paintballs.  It was super fun, but the sport is not all that accessible.  You need a some disposable income and a high pain threshold (especially in winter when the balls froze).  On top of that you could count on an argument about someone being “out” or not.  Magnets could be encased in soft foam darts or balls (sound familiar?) that you could could collect and reuse in an indoor setting; detecting them electronically has been possible since Maxwell wrote down his famous equations of electromagnetism.

There are several ways to detect a magnet electronically.  You could use a reed switch or a hall effect sensor, but nothing is simpler than a coil of wire.  Electromagnetic induction is a very useful phenomenon, and it is found in technology all around you.

Studying physics was certainly inspiring, but my education failed me when I tried to build a prototype.  It turns out, making things is hard.  While I was trying to understand basic electronics, a new company called Arduino, introduced a product onto the market; I got one.  Additionally, a new magazine called MAKE had just been published, which was where I learned about the concept of a makerspace.   At that time in Milwaukee, a group of 10 or so had leased as small space in a turn of the century industrial complex that looked like a set from a Batman movie, where the bad guys are.  Over the years I have been working on this project at Milwaukee Makerspace, I have seen it grow into an amazingly successful institution in our community.

It didn’t take me long to start blinking LEDs on my Arduino, that platform is really easy to learn.  Learning about amplifiers and comparators took a bit longer, but after several failed attempts I was able to prove the concept. This video from below is from 2012.  That’s when I met Jason, who is holding the camera here.  He joined team MagneTag not long after.

I was pretty stoked about the proof of concept, and was excited to build a wearable system.  I learned how to etch my own circuit boards, 3d print enclosures, and wind my own coils on the sewing machine.


I spent a lot of time on this project.  More than I care the count to be honest.  But the process was actually very fun and challenging; there is great value in the journey.  I made many mistakes, but each one made the system better and better.


Once I started playing MagneTag for real, it was more fun than I had even initially imagined!  I also learned what it was really great for: foam noodle fighting!  Jason and I went all around Milwaukee testing our system with anyone that would give it a try.

We did not need to add a soundtrack to this. The dude brought his own in a fanny pack.

Posted by MagneTag on Saturday, June 21, 2014

Concept to Production

The game was so much fun we were totally driven to get it out into the world where everyone else could enjoy it like we do.  It was about this time that crowdfunding had become all the rage and we saw it as an opportunity to get our system into production.  Looking back it’s clear what we didn’t know could fill… a very large container…


Good Idea? Maybe. But not great execution.

The first mistake we made was a classic one: feature creep.  Of course it had to have Bluetooth. Bluetooth all the things!  We didn’t really have a plan for it, and the system was already pretty great without it. We thought who would want this thing without an app? It took us the better part of a year to make an app for the system and get the hardware going. When it was “done” it wasn’t all that awesome.  Bluetooth is slow; there was a painfully slow lag between the sensor and the smartphone.  The idea does have potential, but we were not executing it well. The only good thing about this excursion into software is that we were able to have my buddy Chris join the team, so now there were three. When you are doing something very challenging it really helps to have people with you on the journey.







The second mistake we made was building a product before understanding the market. I just wanted to build the coolest thing because that’s what I wanted to make.  I considered myself the target customer and nothing less than the best would do.  This prompted another near-total redesign of the system. I flippantly told myself that the added costs would be worth it and didn’t give it too much thought.  What we ended up with was very awesome, but it has to be for what we needed to charge for it.


The third mistake I made was also classic:  The Field of Dreams Fallacy.  If you build it they will come…No they won’t.  We launched our awesome new product on Kickstarter and failed spectacularly.   I looked at the site analytics, nobody came to the page. As an engineer I used to make snide remarks about the marketing department.  I no longer do this because it turns out that what they do is extremely important.  Even if you’ve made something awesome it takes a whole other set of skills to get people to see it.  I still haven’t figured this one out, but I haven’t given up.

Link to our second Kickstarter campaign

May 13 2018

Factory tours! Who’s interested?

On my list of “things to make happen at PS:1” is arranging factory tours to give members an up-close look at how things are made at industrial scale. The maker movement is about putting the tools of production in the hands of individuals, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate or draw inspiration from the pros. Chicagoland has a rich industrial past and present. And a lot of this stuff is just plain cool.

I was reminded of this idea when I took a recent tour of a factory in South Chicago (more on that below). So consider this a call for interest and also a call for ideas. Does anyone know of any businesses, or even types of businesses, they would like to see the inside of? I’m happy to make cold calls, but of course if you have any contacts, all the better. Email me at

And here’s a quick photo essay on my recent tour. I’m not going to identify the company, or even the industry, but suffice to say it’s an old-school family business that has been manufacturing products in America for almost 100 years.

Although the factory mainly relies on CNC machines, vacuum formers, and water jets these days, it also keeps around a 120-year-old sewing machine for certain specialized jobs:

The nail-sized needle can punch through almost anything, and the machine ain’t broke, so…

There are a few other pieces of antique equipment still in use, like this cutter. It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but there are some nice hand-painted designs on the blade (click for a close-up):

This cutter is a little less antique, but no less pretty:

Foam is sold in massive blocks called “buns” because of the way they rise like loaves of bread when formed. Apparently you don’t want to be around to smell this process.

Buns are cut to size on massive vertical and horizontal bandsaws, in a process known as skiving. Skiving is a precision operation that results in thin, even slices:

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The roller that feeds the foam into the blade can be replaced by “convoluter” dies, which come in a number of different patterns. Ever wonder how egg crate foam is made? This is how:

The dies squeeze the foam as it passes over the blade, creating the familiar dimpled effect:

Once cut to size, foam can be cut into more specific shapes using a 350-ton press. Notice the razor-edged patterns set into the wooden board. I thought I misheard when the press was described to me. Wouldn’t 350 pounds be about enough for cutting squishy foam? Nope, a clean cut requires a lot of force.

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May 11 2018

Dublin Maker 2018 – Open Call

The Open Call for Dublin Maker 2018 projects now has gone live. You have probably noticed celebrations in your local villages and parishes to mark this event or perhaps spotted one of the numerous and bankrupting sky writing campaigns we have commissioned to display the Dublin Maker Logo above the city.

In any case, what we want to know is do you have cool stuff? and do want to show if off to 10,000 people? This is your chance. We are looking for all sorts of makers, tinkerers, artists, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers.

Whether you have taken part before or still tinkering on something crafty, we’d love for you to apply for a place at our biggest Dublin Maker yet. Take the opportunity to glimpse into the future, get hands-on and join the Maker Revolution. There’s nothing else like it. Remember, your project doesn’t need to be finished, and it definitely doesn’t need to be for sale. We want you to share how you make, so in-progress, hobbyist projects are A-OK!

Go on, throw in a project! The Open Call closes 28th of May.

We are very proud to be a supporting organisation for such a great event. We hope to see you all their with our new creations for 2018. 

May 09 2018

Intro to Arduino: Sensors and Input/Output on May 19th


We need your help! We recently got some news regarding our space which has presented quite a challenge to us. We’re still digesting the news and discussing our options. As you know, we hold our regular Open Social every month. This months Social is on Saturday 19th May from 19:00. Please make a special effort to visit us. We want to tell you more about the challenge facing us. We also want YOU to tell US how we can make TOG more available to you, and to listen to your opinion and suggestions.

If you’ve never been to our Social, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. Come in and look around. If you’ve never been in before, we’ll give you the grand tour of the space. Talk to members and visitors about projects or things you’d like to do. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Weather permitting, we’ll have our pizza oven going outside, so come and have some pizza on us. Hopefully there’ll be caint, ceol agus craic as usual. The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning.

Our Open Socials are always free to attend for both members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. You can drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. Bring beer, food, gadgets! Our doors will be open from 19:00. Hope to see you there.

May 07 2018

25.5.2018 20h Towelday

Da stand ich also mal wieder am Rand der Datenautobahn und hielt meinen Sub-Etha-Daumen in die neblige Atmosphäre in der Hoffnung, einer dieser halbautonomen Gleiter könne mich zu dieser sagenumwobenen Raumstation mitnehmen. Per Anhalter unterwegs zu sein wurde ja schon immer romantisiert, aber in Zeiten des Interwebs wurde es immer schwieriger einen Ride zu hitchen ohne sich vorher auf drei Plattformen anzumelden. Die Abgase kratzten im Hals und Transportschiffe und Flugtaxis ignorierten mich. Nun ja, der Bademantel hatte schon bessere Zeiten gesehen, aber das inzwischen fadenscheinige Handtuch über der Schulter hatte mir bisher immer Anhalter-Glück gebracht. Es war der 25.5. – Towelday – und ich hatte fest vor, den Space-Drinc-Contest dieses Jahr in allen Kategorien zu gewinnen.

Geschmack – wenn ich das Mischungsverhältnis von Janx-Geist und Zamphour richtig hinbekomme, habe ich gute Chancen die Gaumen der Jury zu überzeugen.

Aussehen – nun ja, mein Cocktail sprudelt, dampft und leuchtet in drei Farben; das sollte doch machbar sein.

Story – Das Herzstück des Wettbewerbs. All die legendären Geschichten, die ich mit diesem Drinc erlebt habe in fünf Minuten zu erzählen wird eine echte Herausforderung. Von den Erlebnissen am nächsten Tag ganz zu schweigen.

Handtuch – Die Verwendung des wichtigsten Anhalter-Utensils beim Mixen oder Konsumieren des Cocktails könnte knifflig werden, aber ich hatte mir da was überlegt…

Das Kreischen der Bremsen eines Night-Liners riss mich aus den Gedanken. Ein riesiges mattschwarzes Vehikel von der Größe eines Überssee-Containers senkte sich auf Fahrbahn-Level herab und eine Tür glitt langsam zur Seite. Das Logo am Heck kam mir bekannt vor: „Desaster Area“. Ich schnappte mir mein Flightcase mit den Flaschen und stieg ein…

Ja, das ist ein offener Wettbewerb!

Macht mit und meldet Euch an: e-punc (A)

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