Archive for May, 2011

Oscar nominees, robotics DIY-ers and more for Limerick unconference

May 31, 2011
LIMERICK – MAY 30, 2011: 3Dcamp returns to the University of Limerick for its fourth year on Saturday June 11th. Based on the informal Silicon Valley style ‘barcamp’ format, 3Dcamp is a one day event dedicated to the exploration of Internet interfaces beyond Web 2.0.

“We were tired of the obsession with Web 2.0 a few years ago among the software development and research community, and decided to bring something different to the events calendar”, explains organizer Gabriela Avram. “3Dcamp considers the wider ecosystem of media and interconnected devices”.

The barcamp format invites delegates to propose talks and workshops. Those registered so far this year include ‘How I built a sheep herding robot’, ‘A geo-referenced 3D reconstruction of an ancient environment on a smartphone’ and ‘Physical keys to digital memories: the Reminisce project at Bunratty Folk Park’. Hands-on workshops dedicated to topics such as working with Arduino, Kinect and developing applications for smartphones are also on the agenda.

“It’s an eclectic mix with speakers drawn from many disciplines”, admits co-organizer James Corbett. “Our keynote speaker is Paul Giancarlo from Brown Bag Films, who will talk about how the Oscar nominated studio is dealing with the demand for 3D stereo shows.”

3Dcamp is free to attend and will be hosted in the Computer Science and Information Systems building of the University of Limerick campus.

The Ubuntu Ireland community is planning a geeknic (a picnic for geeks) during the lunch break, and a Girl Geek Dinner is planned in Limerick for the evening before.

The organisation of the event is supported by miLKlabs (the Limerick maker-space) and by the local chapter of IxDA(the Interaction Design Association) and sponsored by the Computer Science and Information Systems Department at the University of Limerick.

For more information see


James Corbett & Gabriela Avram

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Bootcamp, with Dragons (video)

May 11, 2011

We didn't make it to the final stage of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland process this year but Bootcamp day will live long in the memory as a one of great inspiration – from colleagues in the SEI network and from Dragon's Den panelists Gavin Duffy, Bobby Kerr and Sean Gallagher.


Microsoft + Skype = 3D ‘holographic’ video-conferencing?

May 10, 2011

The hackers have already demonstrated where Kinect can take video-conferencing –


Colm Lyon impresses at Limerick OpenCoffee Club #LOCC

May 7, 2011

image from I'm not sure if I had heard of Colm Lyon before he was a finalist of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 but I've certainly been following him and his company Realex Payments ever since.

Yesterday he came to the Absolute Hotel to speak at Limerick OpenCoffee Club and impressed everyone, not only as an exceptional entrepreneur but also as an extremely down to earth and approachable person. I was only one of many who Colm generously gave time and advice to after his talk.

Unfortunately I missed the start of the session but 'Bock' has written a wonderful summary and Bernie recorded the full thing as a podcast.

ICT in Education Conference 2011, Tipperary Institute

May 3, 2011

image from I've attended the ICT in Education conference in Tipperary Institute for the last 3 years and hugely look forward to returning to the Thurles venue on Saturday May 14th. This year I'll be talking, alongside my colleague Margaret Keane, about Game-based Learning in Virtual Worlds and what we're doing at MissionV to bring those ideas to 20 schools in Ireland this year.

Year after year this is one of the very best conferences I go to. And with the line-up of speakers it looks like this year is going to be no exception.