Creating Comics All Day Long: 24Hour Comics Day – 1st October

24 Hour Comics Day BannerThis year’s 24 Hour Comics Day comes around on Saturday 1st October, and we mean to be ready!

We have registered to run a 12 hour challenge to get you started, as you won’t be forced to finish within the weekend 😉  If you’re up for the full 24 hour/24 page challenge (on the 24 Hour Comics Day challenge page) Farset Labs offers you the opportunity to take advantage of the 24/7 facilities to complete your opus in the one weekend.
Join the Sketchy Individuals meetup or via our Facebook event to register your interest!

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or enthusiastic amateur, you’re welcome to come hang out and set your mind to the task. Snacks, tea and some art supplies will be available (plus access to the kitchen, of course)
but the most valuable thing on-site will be your mind… and your drawing/writing appendage 🙂

We look forward to seeing you there – the comics challenge is always good fun, and it’s a brilliant chance to finish a small project with some funny, smart, artistic, or just interesting company 🙂

Our normal venue rules apply. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Please contact events@farsetlabs.org.uk if you have any queries about the venue facilities or access.

Farset Labs 4th Birthday/Anniversary Celebration – 9th April

4 years old!  Farset’s now old enough to count and ride a tricycle.  Exciting times!

We’re going to have a bit of a party, and Farset Labs invite you to come and celebrate with us on Saturday 9th April from 7pm – as a thank you for staying engaged, involved, and nurturing local creative and technology endeavours.

Please do invite friends and well-wishers.

As well as being a general “Open/Social Evening”, we will of course have cake, party food and tasting sessions of local beverages and liqueurs, plus a selection of high-tech (low-commitment) games and multiplayer video-games, with plenty of opportunities to experiment with some of our projects and tools and meet-up with the community as we continue to grow.

We’re looking forward to seeing your wonderful face!

You are also welcome to BYOB, and your own 4th puns, as always 😉

(Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.)

Connected Craft: Kids and Adults Conductive Ink Workshops

As part of CreativityNI, we’re hosting a series of workshops built around the use of Conductive Ink for education and play.

Experience the future of technology and electronics education, with a series of free workshops using conductive ink to incorporate art and imagination into the creation of new electronic musical instruments and methods of storytelling.

These hour long group workshops will give young people the opportunity to experiment with their own designs for electronic instruments, and use the latest in electrical prototyping technologies.

Additionally, there are limited spaces for a special evening workshop focused on bringing educators and teachers together with Farset Labs’ hackers and builders to investigate how these technologies can be integrated with educational best practices and curricula. (Select Saturday 19th @ 6pm to see this ticket)

All of these workshops are being kindly supported by CreativityNI, NI Science Festival and DCALNI

Event Details:

Booking is required.

  • Dates: Saturday 19th and Monday 21st of March
  • Duration: 1hr for each Child workshop on the 19th and 21st, 3hr Adults & Educators workshop on the 21st
  • Age Suitability: Content is targeted at the 8-16 range for Childs workshops. For Adults and Educators workshops, attendees should be over 16. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Bookings available from: connectedcraft.farsetlabs.org.uk

Launching @MakerAssemblyNI: 16th March

EDIT: Schedule released below
We’ve been quietly toiling away in the background to bring the movers, shakers and taste makers of the UK Maker Community  (and beyond!) to Belfast for a one day mini-conference, set up to tear down some misconceptions about the community and to address some of the unique challenges faced in our region.

Maker Assembly NI is a one-day gathering hosted in the labs to critically discuss maker culture: its meaning, politics, history and future.

Speakers

Currently confirmed speakers / workshop leaders are:

But the speakers don’t make the conference; the attendees do, and while we’re not publishing our invited attendee list, it’s pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves!

Schedule

The conference will explore a series of topics around making, with a focus on critical discussion about the current state of the maker culture.

 

10:00 Registration and coffee

10:30 Welcome address

10:45 Session 1: Making & Peace Building

Kicking off Maker Assembly NI is a session about the politics and nuances of community-facing digital fabrication projects. It will look at how maker cultures are emerging at the grassroots and how local organisations are contributing to the peace-building project currently underway in Northern Ireland. It hopes to reveal how the idea of ‘critical making’ can be adjusted to suit the specificities of different contexts.

Speakers:

Adam Wallace & Eamon Durey, Fab Labs NI, John Peto, Nerve Centre

12:00 Session 2: Speculative Making: New Contexts and Futures

As the idea of digital making beds down—and practices become more visible and accessible—what new trajectories are emerging and how are speculative futures being framed? This session hopes to reveal the supports we might need to maintain a critical forecast of making and maker culture.

Speakers:

Nora O’Murchu, University of Limerick, Kat Braybrooke, University of Sussex

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Session 3: Governance, Sustainability & Maker Networks

How are maker networks nurtured and sustained? And how ‘critical’ are the governance

strategies of the physical spaces and networked platforms that mediate maker networks?

This session hopes to somewhat unravel the entanglements of people, places, and things, to better understand how maker culture is being facilitated.

Speakers:

Javier Burón, Fab Lab Limerick & University of Limerick, Hannah Stewart, Royal College of Art, Future Makerspaces Project

15:30 Session 4: Critics of the world, create!

Final session to be a making exercise, inspired by the Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska’s (2012) Creative Media Manifesto and Garnet Hertz’s Critical Making zine series.

17:00 Closing remarks and Networking

18:00 Bus to the Pub – BREWBOT http://www.brewbotbelfast.com/

Supporters

Running as part of Creativity Month, DCALNI have kindly funded a limited number of subsidised tickets and travel bursaries for some speakers & attendees. This fund has also been topped up by those kind folks at BBC Northern Ireland.

If you would like to contribute to these bursaries (or enquire about making use of) contact info@makerassemblyni.org.

Follow us on @MakerAssemblyNI for up to the minute news and info!

Explain Like I’m 5: Connections

“Explain Like I’m 5” is our collaborative speaker series, where local developers, technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, performers, scientists, and business people take a concept that may be highly specific to their area of expertise or work, and break it down to a lay audience from right across the STEAM spectrum with a minimal expectation of prior knowledge.

The Time:

Thursday 3rd March @ 1830 for a 1900 start

The Place:

Farset Labs, Event Space

The Theme:

This year we’re trying something a little different; the invited speakers all have something vaguely to do with a common theme. This time, the theme is “Connections”. Free-for-all speakers are welcome to either stick to the same thing or do something completely unconnected (see what we did there?)

We’ll have one of the BrewBot folks talking about how their connecting their hardware to their customers (mostly talking about embedded electronics platforms and cloud stuff, funzies), an occupational therapist from the NHS who’s embarking on putting together a collection of modular, 3D printable end-point prosthetics for people who have lost extremities (fingers, etc rather than limbs) talking about how these are physically connected back to the patients and how the patients brains reconnect to accommodate the fake-finger.
We’ll also have someone from Tibus talking about the fibre-heartland of Belfast, discussing the technological connections at various stages, from the network within Farset and the fibre infrastructure across the business park, to the transatlantic connections that power superconnectedbusinesses. Also someone from Young Influencers talking about the social connections within and between NI tech/dev/design communities and the future of this community.

The Audience:

The target audience is anyone and everyone who loves learning and expanding their horizons. No topic is off limits as long as you are confident that it can be delivered to a lay audience within the constraints of the format.

The event is in two parts; an invited and a free-for-all section, separated by a beer, soft drink, pizza and fresh fruit intermission.

The Rules:

The rules for both groups are the same:

  • Speakers have a maximum of 7 minutes to speak on the subject of their choice, followed by a short open Q&A.
  • No Slides! The use of Non-Projected Visual Aids is heavily encouraged, and projectors may be considered for live demonstrations.
  • Before the event starts and during the break, presenters (invited or unplanned) are asked to put a 3-5 word synopsis of their topic on the blackboard along with their name.
  • The Compère will decide what order presentations will be done, so be nice to him/her!
  • Punishment for rule/time violators is at the discretion of the compère.

If you’ve got something you’d like to share, sign up for the “Speaker” ticket type or email events@farsetlabs.org.uk to discuss it with the subject line “ELI5”

See you there!