New Year Lightning – Flacknite – Raspberry Jam


Happy New Year!

And to kick things off, an apology; our provisionally scheduled Raspberry Jam on the 12th has been postponed until after the exam season as it’s been difficult to get people able to help out at the event. Raspberry Jam will return February

GoL: Thur 17th Janlight-wide

Currently proposed (but not scheduled) topics include:

  • [Update] Brendan Drain from Brain and Nerd, who had recent success with Predestination, will be talking about how he got started in Games Development (and what to avoid!)
  • [Update] Niall Bole, Engineer, Gamer, Organiser, and Placement student at NACCO will be talking about ‘Using Fablabs for Fun and Profit’
  • Colin Kelsey, from QUB’s Centre for Plasma Physics, with what he describes as “either functional plasma physics or a big surprise”
  • Rebecca Lutton, a mechanical engineer of Bright Club fame with ‘Observational Humerology – The curse of innuendo’
  • Andrew Bolster on getting your Raspberry Pi to talk to the real world using the Gertboard
  • Dylan Wylie, another Physicist, who is ambiguously talking about ‘Quantum Theory, Maybe

As with all our lighting events, this is an open call, so even if you just want to say something on the night, we’ll have the blackboard grid up so can literally sign up to talk during the other talks.

We’ll also hopefully be live streaming this one… maybe…
Eventbrite - Gathering of Lightning

Global Game Jam Flacknite: Fri 25thggjlogo1dates

This time around we’re collaborating with the University of Ulster’s Office of Innovation to run the 2013 Northern Ireland Global Game Jam

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games… while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. Although the event is heavily focused on programming, there are many other areas where people who don’t code can contribute to a game.

This is going to be an in-demand event so please register attendance beforehand!

Note that Donations are not required for this event as refreshment costs are covered by UUOI, but donation tickets will go directly into the general Farset fund, for which we’ll be paying the bills to keep Farset going day-to-day!
Eventbrite - Flacknite - GlobalGameJam 2013

Raspberry Jam: Sat 9th Feblogo

After the success of our last jam, and already falling behind our schedule due to a)Christmas and b) Exams, we’re finally bringing it back to life!

Raspberry Jam is a Farset Labs Members event, so visitors are expected to make a small donation either in the form of an online ticket, or chucking a few coins in the tin in person.

You do not need to have a Raspberry Pi to come to a meeting. In fact, not having a Raspberry Pi is an excellent motive for coming along. You will discover what you can do with a Raspberry Pi when you do manage to get hold of one.
Stuff we’ll be trying out:
  • A ‘beginners guide’ walk through of how to get started with your Pi
  • Getting started with Hardware interfaces to the Raspberry Pi (including the Gertboard)
  • Some show-and-tell demonstrations of cool projects people have already done with their Pi’s
  • Breaking to a relaxed evening of Pi-Jamming, where everyone is encouraged to share their experiences.
Children are welcome to attend the event, when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We will try to get our hands on as many HDMI compatible monitors as we can, but please try and BYO monitor. We have plenty of mice and keyboards, but few HDMI compatible monitors.
Also, if anyone would like to present any projects or just help out with the organisation of this event (or give feedback based on the last events) get in touch with us via (or any of the dozen or so other ways you’ll be able to get us on!)

Eventbrite - Raspberry Jam

The Latest Flacknite: BBC Micros, Culture Night & more

As our members and followers, will be aware, Flacknite is our semi-regular monthly hackathon, spanning at least 24 hours, which is open to everyone. It provides a bed, a home and an excuse for projects that have been put back, and a lively environment for more time-sensitive ones. As always, they’re catered with food and drink, which this month was generously sponsored by Instil Software.

This month’s Flacknite ran on September 15th and 16th, and brought to life several different projects. Several internal software projects marched onwards towards completion, piecing together our in-house management system and building control network.

Culture Night Preparations
Electronics and LED-testing going on into the night

The more exciting and eye-catching work took the form of some preparations for Culture Night, which has been making news throughout Belfast and scheduled for tonight, Friday 21st September. Robin, an artist attending Culture Night, built and tested several high-power LED array bars, to be used in his project to under-illuminate a table. His work will be on show tonight near the Hayfield Market in Belfast City Centre.

A welcome break came in the form of Opera Pizza, which delivered a substantial order to our door for all to graze on. Beer and pizza flowed plentifully for several hours after the delivery.

The BBC Micro lives!
The BBC Micro lives!

Work continued in other parts of the building, with Dan Reid and Tom Gilmour working with others to bring to life two BBC Micro computers, both of which had dead power supplies. They were successful and much of the remainder of the night was spent programming the Micros, and upgrading their RAM installations. Dan continued in the following days to install more RAM and software, and the two computers are approaching “perfect working order” condition.

Others worked on personal projects and private endeavours, and most stuck around until the daylight hours on Sunday. Numbers waned due to sleep, but recovered later on Sunday. Overall, numbers were good and the atmosphere was great. Our next Flacknite will be next month, on the 20th October, and will be publicised heavily to let everyone know.

Thanks again to Instil Software for their generosity, and for everyone that came along to such a good night!

See you next time.

The Return Of Flacknite – The Synchronous Hackathon

Flacknite returns to join up with the rest of the Irish Hackerspaces in the Synchronous hackathon next weekend over Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th.

Drink, Noms, and Hacking, all kindly supported by the folks at Instil, who you may know for their fantastic BASH developer events, including the upcoming Big Data Bash (Sold out at time of writing).

We’ll have video walls linking us to hackerspaces around the island and hopefully some collaborative projects to busy the night away, and may even have a special guest who’s appearing in Belfast later in the week..


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