LAN-Game Saturday

To relax and get to know the faces behind all the great and weird hackery that’s going on in the space and thanks to Glenn for being awesome and kicking this off, we’ll be having a full day of PC gaming on 19th April 12:00 to late – all welcome! Entry is free for Farset Members (including corporatesponsor employees) and £5 for non-Members.

We shall plumb the depths of multiplayer game greatness, while we’re open to playing anything suggested the prime recommendations for our first foray are RTS/FPS hybrids:

RenegadeX– (remake of C&C: Renegade) FREE download

Just kidding
Just kidding we like consoles too!

– FREE download

Natural Selection

Get ready to team up and compete for map dominance all while having a blast and meeting new faces. Or have a break and kick back in the Farset Retro Gaming Lounge with some 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit (and 64bit?) console classics.

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Please Welcome Intel to the Farset Family

Intel & Farset Logos

We’re very pleased to publicly announcee our new corporate member… [drum roll]… Intel. Welcome to the family!

Intel hopes that supporting Farset Labs will help to build close relationships with the local technology community and open opportunities to collaborate on innovative projects. Similarly, we’re keen to act as a link between the industrial sector and our member-base of makers and technology geeks. Partnering with a company that is widely regarded as one of the world’s leaders in innovation is a big occasion for us.

Corporate membership allows some of Intel’s staff to use the hackerspace, for working on technical projects, mixing and collaborating with individual members, and hosting events. There is a successful history of companies integrating with, and providing staff access to, external technology workshops in other countries. In the US particularly, new products and companies have been launched from ideas developed in hackerspaces there, and partnering companies have reported major increases in innovation metrics such as the filing of new patents.

Since Intel acquired the Belfast-headquartered software company Aepona in April 2013, the company has been seeking to enrich its affiliation with external technology workers and graduates. Joining Farset Labs is a public commitment to this cause. Michael Black, General Manager Intel Belfast said “Intel strongly believes in the importance of supporting technology and innovation, and there is already lots of discussion and excitement from individuals who are keen to share knowledge with the Farset community and to work together with them to turn ideas into prototypes and products.”

There have never before been better prospects for anyone with the courage to be innovative and entrepreneurial. Intel has a rare history of repeated success through innovation. Having Intel as our new corporate member gives all our members an opportunity for hands-on access to the company’s extraordinary drive, expertise and resources.

We’re in discussion with Intel over plans for events and projects throughout 2014. Any suggestions would be very welcome – what would you like to do with Intel?

This and the launch of GGJ14 are part of this months Press Pack

Raspberry Jam and Generation Innovation

Generation Innovation

Entrepreneurial students Ben Crawford, Priory College and Sarah Moore, Lismore Comprehensive School demonstrate the Nexus 7 controlled AR.Drone 2.0 to Meagan Blanton, NISP-Connect.

Last Night, we were invited to join NISP and a range of other sponsoring agencies to help out at the Generation Innovation event in the Titanic Building, which is a mentor-ship and networking programme for the Next Generation of Northern Irish Entrepreneurship.

This event was not only an awful lot of fun for us (apart from nearly de-limbing a few people with the catastrophic failure of our recently donated AR Drone 2.0 experimental platform… Sorry) but was also a great opportunity to show this brilliant young group of people what you can do with a little bit of gumption and a lot of hope, and just a little bit of enabling tech.

Kids from all over the province joined us, having been selected in each of their schools for being ‘high potential’ (read: Not “Highest marks”, or “Fastest Legs”, or “Most Popular”), and we were also joined by a cavalcade of tech founders from companies big and small (somehow all three Farset Labs directors got asked to speak…), dotted across the room.

360 Production made this fantastic animation to showcase what Generation Innovation is all about.

But the real show stoppers were the interviews and speeches given by some epic members of the Northern Ireland Entrepreneurship Family, such as Steve Orr (NISP Guru In Chief), David Perry (Gaming God), Andrew Fulton (Gen I  Alumnus), Danny Moore (Wombat-er, CTO NYSE Euronext, and now Lough Shore Investor) , and Carol Fitzsimons (Young Enterprise NI) which were truely inspiring to the rag-tag group of young people.

By my favourite bit was the Pi’s. Raspberry Pi’s

Each Lucky Kid was given a Raspberry Pi gratis. Good For Some.

Somehow I managed to gatecrash the stage and putting this fantastic opportunity they’ve  been given, and tied it to our recent successful funding for our 3D Printer, and said something long these lines…

Me, presenting the Generation Innovation kids (and the lightning team) with a challenge!

“Technologies like 3D Printers and the Raspberry Pis you’ve received today are revolutionising the world of design and manufacture; physical prototypes take hours to produce not days. With flexible hardware and software frameworks, even the most intricate product and service ideas can be developed rapidly, tested quickly, presented immediately, and if they are failures, they’re fast failures, allowing you, as the next generation of Northern Irish Entrepreneurs, to move onto the next idea.”

Raspberry Jam

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.

Eventbrite - Raspberry JamIn the spirit of such unprepared and completely not rehearsed (!) sentiment, I’ll remind you all of our Raspberry Jam event coming up next week.

Raspberry Jam is a rapidly growing global network of user groups that meet every month to support hobbyists, developers, teachers, students, children and families – in fact, anybody that would like to put their Raspberry Pi to good use. While Raspberry Jam is not endorsed, sponsored or associated with Raspberry Pi or Raspberry Pi products or services, some of our regular members are volunteers for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. At our meetings we have helpful people who can help you with everything you need to get what you want from your Raspberry Pi.

This will be Farset Labs’ first Raspberry Pi centred event, and if successful, will be built into the event calendar.

Raspberry Jam is a Farset Labs Members event, so visitors will be 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
  • 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.
Under-18’s are welcome to attend the event accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Time: 18:00, Friday 30 November

Address: Farset Labs, 1 Weavers Court, Belfast, BT12 5GH

What to Bring (if you have them please bring any or all of the following, but don’t worry, we have spares so you can just bring yourself):

  • Raspberry Pi.
  • Laptop.
  • HDMI cable.
  • USB lead (Male USB A to Male Micro USB B).
  • USB mouse, USB keyboard.
  • Computer monitor with HDMI input.


Eventbrite - Raspberry Jam


When Tech-Camp invaded Farset

Tech-Camp, a 4 day residential run by the Rosemary Presbyterian Church for 13-16 year olds, “filled with lots of visuals, audio, internet and much more” came to Farset Labs last Friday.

And boy was it a wild afternoon. Continue reading When Tech-Camp invaded Farset

Community Choice: Tech-Get-Together

Me Gusta

As we creep up towards 100 Facebook likes, it’s about time that we started some proper community events on a regular basis.

When do you want to have a weekly tech-get-together in the Event Space?

We want to open up the space to our community, just to chill out and chat about their working/playing week in a relaxed environment. We’ll try and provide some munchies and refreshments, as well as a few toys to experiment with.

Also, for anyone watching, We’ve enabled online purchasing for Monthly Individual memberships, and enabled a donation button on our Front Page, so whether you can make it down or not, it’s even easier to support what we’re trying to do here.

Also, incase you missed it, check out our Events calendar for upcoming madness at Farset Labs