Links are the lifeblood of the internet, but they are diminishing as people rely more and more on Google to find things. I know people not too much younger than me, who don’t even know how to use URLs. They simply put the site they are looking for, frequently fully formed URLs themselves, into Google’s search box and select the first result.
This is tragically depressing; without Links, we all become serfs to content aggregators, and we become unable to discover new ideas and content without intermediation by megacorporations. Whom, may I add, do not have our best interests in heart or mind.
So, I’m going to continue the old ways, and link to things I find interesting in a clear and easily discovered / navigated way. I strongly urge you to do the same. The below links are categorised, for your convenience.
Irish Maker / Hacker Culture
Here are some people and groups throughout Ireland who do amazing stuff under the broad bailiwick of “Making” or “Hacking”.
- Forma Labs, Ireland’s first and only Biomakerspace, a creative space for biotechnology. Situated in Cork City centre and operating since 2014.
- Nexus Cork, Cork’s Makerspace since 2010. Currently situated in Sample Studios, Sullivan’s Quay.
- Tog (Dublin Hackerspace), currently the largest Makerspace in Ireland and famous for their healthy, creative involvement in various makery events.
- Lightbox Lab, Drogheda / Louth / Meath maker group and makerspace.
- 091 Labs (Galway Makerspace)
- SouthEast Makerspace (Waterford)
- MiLKlabs (Limerick makerspace)
- NUIM Makers Club
- Dublin Maker, formerly Maker Faire Dublin, who organise an excellent maker get-together yearly with projects from around the country (and further still).
People who I generally think are excellent, and who deserve a look for the great stuff they do. :)
- Niamh Garvey, Young Adult Author and Blogger, and my lovely wife.
- Eoghan Dunne, digital artist and game developer.
- Miracle Of Sound, AKA Gavin Dunne, Cork Indie Musician.
- Necrosoft Games, who make excellent games for various platforms.
- Cork City Centre, modelled in 3D, by Nexus Cork member Paul Lee’s company Viewsion Virtual Entertainments
DIYbio, Biohacking, Awesome Biotech
I’ve been active in DIYbio for years, so I’ve made a lot of cool friends that do stunning stuff in biotech. I was a mentor and all-round-helper during SynbioAxlr8r (now IndieBio), and I subsequently directed IndieBio EU 2015⁄2016. So, safe to say that I’ve met lots of commendable people working on living technologies.
- Hyasynth Biologicals, who create biosynthetic cannabinoids (SynbioAxlr8r / IndieBio 2014)
- Afineur, a fermented coffee company (SynbioAxlr8r / IndieBio 2014)
- Kilobaser, an in-development desktop DNA printer (SynbioAxlr8r / IndieBio 2014)
- Muufri, an animal-free milk company (SynbioAxlr8r / IndieBio 2014)
- Ageria, Austrian age-reducing yoghurt (IndieBio 2015)
- GlowDx, a rapid, cheap, appropriate-technology diagnotic for dengue fever & tropical disease (IndieBio 2015, plus Forma Labs)
- Pili, a French bio-ink company reducing pollution from pigments (IndieBio 2015)
- Prospective Research, US-based crowdsourced-bioprospecting kit company (IndieBio 2015)
- Saphium Biotechnology, a bioplastics-from-CO2 concept from Austria (IndieBio 2015)
- Sothic Bioscience, an Irish company developing artificial horseshoe crab blood to provide limitless limmulus amoebocyte lysate (LAL) (IndieBio 2015, plus Forma Labs)
- BioCellection, who upcycle oceanic pollution to textiles (IndieBio 2015)