Burning the candle at both ends

The Farset Labs team is still in the space at one in the morning – now that’s dedication!

We went in this morning with no working network, no backbone connection, little equipment and no computers running. Over fourteen hard hours later, we now have every viable socket networked, switches installed, WiFi running, our Tibus internet connection enabled, a PowerEdge running ESXi with virtual machines, the RM1 up and booted and some new equipment donated. The plumbers have been in and mostly fitted out the remaining toilet and we’re expecting the cooker shortly. The plumbing should be finished by Thursday night/Friday morning and the spark will be in again tomorrow to finish his work.

Cleaning will take place tomorrow (er…today, Thursday – probably time to leave!) and we’ll finish up all the random little problems, such as the fact that our laser printer is in triage and one of the toilet doors is not quite ready for Release Candidate status.

The space is still unquestionably in beta itself, but we’re proud of it and we think you’ll find it’s rustic (aka, structurally-supported-entirely-by-plaster), but charming. It’s going to be an amazing home for the tech community in Belfast and I cannot wait for our doors to open officially at 3pm on Friday.

See you all then – I think we may go to bed soon!

It’s the little things that count…

We very much appreciate the donations that we’ve already received – without the community, Farset Labs doesn’t exist, so it’s great to see people supporting us. What we’re seeing however are some pretty big-ticket items, which is great, but we also need the small stuff. Grouped together, the items that are listed below are pretty costly, but individually, they’re very cheap. Donating something from this list is a great way to get involved if you can’t afford to donate something bigger. Continue reading It’s the little things that count…

The All Island Software Network

AISNWe are very pleased to announce the generous support of yet another group, the All Island Software Network, a joint partnership between Intertrade Ireland, the Irish Software Association, and Momentum, the Trade Association for IT in Northern Ireland. They supply businesses across the whole island of Ireland with plentiful funding, advice, routes for cross-border relations and training to allow companies to innovate and be competitive in both jurisdictions. Continue reading The All Island Software Network

Nearly There! Updates and Donation Request


Legitimate Meeting
Keeping even the small initial community involved in the development process is essential.

Things have been moving fairly quickly (compared to the normal speed of Northern Irish progress), but it’s about time we made a public update.

Due to the practicalities of developing something like this, a lot of the day-to-day development of Farset Labs has been done with little publicity. This was to maintain clear communication within the launch-community and worked really well in fleshing out the ideas for the space, the community, and the projects involved.

Special thanks must go to the members of Queen’s University Engineering, Science and Technology Society (QUESTS) for letting Farset Labs fly under their wing initially, and to Ben Bland, Eoghan Murray, Matt Campbell, and David Kane, who between them have been instrumental in getting this far.

Even beyond the ‘regular’ group, there’s been a large amount of input from the community at large, through our IdeaScale, where you can vote on and submit ideas for the space, on everything from equipment purchasing to governance strategies. Continue reading Nearly There! Updates and Donation Request