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January 28 2020

Dublin Inquirer – In Blackpitts, Dubliners are Invited to Build Their Own Air-Pollution Sensors

Our own Jeffrey Roe was interviewed about our upcoming air quality sensor workshop next month. Check out a snippet of the story below and read the full interview on Dublin Inquirer.

In the common room of the TOG Hackerspace in Blackpitts, Jeffrey Roe opens an app on his phone. A line on a graph on the screen creeps up and down a little, but is more or less even – before rising up into a sharp peak. It shows readings from the air-pollution sensor, across the city, outside his home in Crumlin. There was a spike at 4.30pm, earlier that day. “Why were people busy then?” he says, with a chuckle. Another graph, for a few months ago, the night of Halloween, shows a thin line rising sharply from the early evening, as bonfires light up. “You can see, when it starts to get dark, the level of pollution just skyrockets,” he said.

January 27 2020

1.2.2020, 20 Uhr, Theater: Beyond Visibility

Liebe Freund*innen, liebeKolleg*innen,

die Rasanz der digitalen Zeitenwende hat es Big Daddy Mugglestone und Carola Lehmann angetan, darüber machen sie Musik. Sie tauschen sich mit Hacker*innen aus, fühlen ihnen auf den Zahn und recherchieren Strategien digitaler Überwachung.

Jedes eigens für „Beyond Visibility“ komponierte Stück erforscht mit treibenden und pulsierenden Minimalrhythmen die Vision, die Lehmann und Snyder in den Grundsätzen der Hackerethik vermuten: Wenn Hacker*innen sich für open source einsetzen, welche Grenzen werden dadurch verschoben, welche Monopole in Frage gestellt? Die Performer steigen in Interviews ein und entwickelen sie zu Bühnentexten und Songs. Zwischendurch taucht ein Elefant auf, der den spielhaften Umgang mit Machtstrukturen entdeckt: „You have to play tricks, when you play the internet“.

„Beyond Visibility“ zeigen wir am 1. Februar um 20 Uhr in der c-base, der Raumstation unter Berlin.

Tog 3 Tour

Check out this video tour of the space.

January 23 2020

Intro to Machine Sewing: Make a Zipper Pouch on Sun, Feb 2
Cut and Etch Your Own Designs with Our Laser Cutter on Sun, Feb 2

January 22 2020

Intro to Internet of Things: Build a Subway Countdown Clock on Sat, Feb 1

1-minute movie challenge/phone film workshop


The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival in association with TOG invite you to join us on Saturday the 25th for a Smartphone Filmmaking challenge. This one day event will take place on the day of the festival.

Beautiful asian woman blogger is showing clothes and dress. In front of the smartphone camera to recording vlog video live streaming at home.Business online influencer on social media concept.

Filmmakers are invited to the TOG HACKERSPACE venue in 22 Blackpitts to compete.

The challenge will be for filmmakers either as individuals or as a team to create a 1 min short film that they will create on the day of the challenge. All completed shorts will be displayed on the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival Website and social media.

The challenge is open to all filmmakers at any level and is an exciting opportunity to to learn how to create a short using just your phone.

There will be a small charge of 5 euro to take part with the proceeds going to Emergency Donations to help wildlife in the Australian bush fires.

Duration: 3-4hours
Workshop will begin at 10.00 am.
Equiptment needed
A phone

January 20 2020

Nerf Shooter Competition Action Caught on Video

As mentioned in the previous Nerf post, once a year we hold a competition that displays our design, engineering and marksmanship skills. A specific model of Nerf shooter is selected and a short list of guidelines is drawn up, then makers are invited to modify their toy as inventively as possible. In this video you will see a selection of the contestants competing in the four events: accuracy, aesthetic design, speed and distance (because we are allowed to modify the inner works of the shooter to make it more powerful). The distance trial was outside at night so video isn’t much use, but the imaginative participants discovered that the projectile’s “whistle holes” are excellent places to mount a wick. We lit our wicks afire and shot again, just for fun. Also included in this video, we attempt to shoot a dart through a copper pipe using physics!

January 19 2020

TOG’s 100th Member Milestone & Party

This New Year, TOG reached a truly magic milestone of 100 members. From small beginnings in 2009, our membership has grown steadily. TOG had its first meeting on the 21st of January 2009, when a group of 17 people came together with the intention of setting up a new hackerspace in Dublin. In less than 3 months we were up and running with over 20 members and a roof over our head. 11 years later we are in our third space with a more diverse group of members than ever, and new activities like never before. Recent times have seen an active film making community using our space, as well as members individual projects including the making of beds and boats no less!

This coming Saturday 25th January from 7pm, we will be celebrating our combined 11th Birthday, 100th member and regular Open Social all rolled into one. Drop in and see us. We’re not sure if we can fit 100 candles on the birthday cake, but we’ll try! The party is free to attend for both members and visitors alike. No need to book…. just turn up. Drop in for 10 minutes, or stay the whole night. We have parking available. 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 that you’d like to do. If you like what you see, ask about joining as a full member. Since the beginning, every new member who has joined has brought new skills, their passion for making and their curiosity to us. Come and join us on our journey to 200 members.

New at woodworking. Love it!

Thanks to Steve B., Wolfgang, and Rick for help on my first woodworking project. Turned a branch of walnut into a plaque to display some antlers. Turned out much better than I imagined.

January 17 2020

Painting Classes at the Milwaukee Makerspace

Four times a year painting classes are held at the Milwaukee Makerspace. Since July of 2020 three different painting classes have been taught so far. The most recent one is called Full Wolf Moon. Each class has room for 10 people. The classes are open to Milwaukee Makerspace members, their teen and adult family members and friends.

January 16 2020

Cut and Etch Your Own Designs with Our Laser Cutter on Sun, Jan 26

TOG to host Free Software Foundation Europe meetup, Monday 20th January 7pm

Free Software Founcation Europe Logo

At the Chaos Communications Congrass a few years ago I met with the Free Software Foundation Europe ( and was impressed with their work. They advocate for free software and are working on a campaign called Public Money Public Code (

TOG will be hosting a meetup for members of FSFE and anyone interested in free software on Monday, 20th January at 7pm. Everyone is welcome, details about the venue on

January 12 2020

Air Quality Sensor Kit Workshop

Sensor Kit

Air pollution affects many people’s daily lives not just close to industrial centres. Most governmental monitoring is only done with a very limited number of sensors. Often times we are relying on modelling to make the best guess at current levels. This can miss out on local pollution sources or seasonally (coal fires during the winter) / event-based pollution. This kit uses customer grade hardware to measure levels of PM2.5. It is not a replacement for accurate calibrated professional equipment that can pinpoint the type of particles in the air but can give reasonable readings at a low lost in a local area.

Sensor Map Dublin

This kit allows you to measure local pollution levels by building your own particulate matter sensor system. This DIY setup allowed everyone to measure air quality. Join thousands around the world by contributing the data to citizen science projects with open data. The system uses off the shelf parts with limited soldering required (design by OK Lab Stuttgart as part of the project).

Engineers Week Ireland logo

This event is part of Engineers Week that runs from February 29th until March 6th. For other events on as part during the week visit

Sensor workshop at 36c3

*** You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in this workshop. Please do not book places for children ***

The workshop will take place on Saturday the 29th of February at 11 am at a cost of €50 plus Eventbrite fees. To book please use the link below.

January 10 2020

Casting Aluminum Snowflakes

We wanted to create some aluminum snowflakes to hang on our holiday trees. First we created the positive out of plywood, then pressed it into Petrobond (which is a product name for oil sand), and then fired up the furnace, melted the aluminum, and poured it into the mold. It did make impressions of snowflakes but further explorations were necessary. As you will see in the video, our explorations led us out of the realm of holiday festivals and into the magical world of floating resin cups.

January 09 2020

Crochet 101 Makin’ Monsters! Make-Along on Sun, Jan 19

January 08 2020

Yarn Dyeing: Hand-Painting with Acid Dyes on Sat, Jan 18

January 07 2020

11th Birthday Party

Birthday cake

Mark those calendars! January wouldn’t be January without TOG’s biggest bash of the year. We will be celebrating our 11th Birthday and regular Open Social all rolled into one on Saturday 25th January 2020 from 7PM.

We have had a busy 11th year packed with Hackathons, Workshops, Talks, Debates and Group Nights. This year even saw us expand from just doing events in Dublin to now adding Cork to the list of places we have brought our unique style of outreach.  

We recently passed a milestone of 100 full members in Tog. We could never have dreamed that a member-run/member-funded space could reach such heights. We are really grateful to the wider maker/tech/STEM community support and hope we have played our part in giving a little back where we can.

So drop in, wish us a Happy Birthday and soak up the atmosphere. There are strong rumours of cake and other goodies. The party is 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!

If you’ve never been to our Social, you’ll find it a great alternative Saturday evening in town. I’ve you’ve been making resolutions over Christmas & New Year about making, tinkering or hacking, then 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 and volunteer permitting, we might have our wood fired pizza oven going outside. Expect caint, ceol agus craic as usual. The space stays open until the last member is left……usually the small hours of Sunday morning.

January 06 2020


The 36th Chaos Communication Congress (36C3) took place in Leipzig, 27.-30.12.2019. A team of hackers from Ireland came together to create an assembly at the event and called it the Irish Embassy.

We collectively put on workshops, helped run self organised sessions and added a bit of life to the area. Check out the gallery below.

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Christmas Baubles 2019

We love spreading a bit of winter cheer in Tog. This year we have gone for a two-piece star design for our annual Christmas Baubles 2019.

Check out all the happy people below on twitter or a timelapse on how they are made.

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