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!

Donation Day

Thank you very much to everyone who has offered to donate equipment to Farset Labs – we’re very grateful, as members’ generosity is what has allowed us to start.

However, none of it is in the space yet, so we’d like to let you know that today (Wednesday 4th April), Farset Labs will be open for the dropping off of equipment from 11am to 6pm.

If you need something bulky picked up, we can send out reinforcements equipped with a trailer and if these times don’t suit you, don’t hesitate to get in contact (david@farsetlabs.org.uk or eoghan@farsetlabs.org.uk) to arrange a more convenient slot.

We advise that you give us a heads up before you come round to Farset Labs, as we may be away for short periods doing pick-ups of bulky items, but we’ll do our best to have someone around to let people in.

If you would like to add your equipment to the list of donations, we’d be very grateful. To do so, fill out our short donation form at http://bit.ly/donatetofarset

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

Launch-Day Hackathon

Friday 6th April, 1500 – Saturday 7th April 1500

This is our ‘soft launch’ event running with no equipment, no budget, very little furniture, no PR and a case of beer.

Entry will be £5, or Free for members (Sign-up will be available on-site, hint hint), and we’ll try and get some munchies/a few drinks in for everyone.

Repeat: We will have very few toys other than what can be donated, but we finally have a space with power and a network.

We can hack the building together (or apart, within reason) and start bringing the dream alive. Continue reading Launch-Day Hackathon