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Galileo powered Lighthouses at Coder Girl Hack Day

More than one hundred girls come together for for Coder Girl Hack Day


On Saturday 10th of October, the DCU Innovation Campus played host to a special Coder Girl Hack Day event which took place to coincide with International Day of the Girl, a United Nations designated holiday to recognise girls’ and women’s rights around the world.

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Ciara Whelan aged 9 from Lucan who took part in an Imaginative Engineering Hardware Hack with Intel and TOG Dublin

The Coder Girl Hack Day was run by Coding Grace, Girls Hack Ireland, Coder Dojo Girls and TOG, the Dublin Hackspace, who delivered the event in collaboration with sponsors such as Intel. The event was attended by more than one hundred girls who had all signed up to take part in a variety of different coding, hacking and design focused workshops and sessions.

The Hack Day also included opportunities for parents to take part as there were focused workshops that gave the opportunity for people to learn Python as well as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Education workshop for any teachers who wished to attend.

The event began with an introduction by Silicon Republic co-founder Ann O’Dea who set the context for the day and talked to the young participants about hacking and day’s activities.

It was then time for the hacking and building to begin and Intel were specifically involved in sponsoring the imaginative engineering track which was run by TOG, the Dublin Hackspace, and was a showcase of how making can be creative and artistic as well as something that incorporates electronics.

With 2015 being designated as the International Year of Light what better way to combine artistry, creativity and electronics then to create lighthouses. The base model of the lighthouse was designed by Alex Titone and is available for others to access on thingiverse. The design was then laser cut by TOG in preparation for the session and you can see below a video of the structures coming to life.

On the day itself the young makers came together in teams to build and decorate their lighthouse structures before learning to programme an Intel Galileo board to light up a deconstructed torch light to represent the lighthouse beacon.

For more images of the completed lighthouses and a full list of parts used, check out the TOG blog post from the event.

Intel Galileo

In October 2013 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the Intel® Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel® architecture.

The collaboration with Arduino sought to inspire creativity, learning and invention with Makers and Students and development kits and software programming interface that make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments.

The Galileo board and the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 by which it is powered were both designed in Ireland at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare by a team of 70 people. The design team is led by Philip Moynagh and Noel Murphy who have guided the project over the last 3 years from a mere idea to the very innovative piece of technology which is available today.

International Day of the Girl

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. On October 11 of every year, we see dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course) acting to highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach ourselves and other people–adults, boys, and other girls all across the world–new ways of thinking about gender issues, which will help us take action to take action to change the status quo.

TOG video of the Lighthouses in action

TOG laser cutting pieces for the Lighthouses
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Grace Cousins aged 12 from Skerries is pictured with her finished lighthouse
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Grace Cousins aged 12 from Skerries and Deirdre Ni Bhriain aged 12 from Finglas are pictured at the Coder Girls Hack Day event

Further images can be found here: Coder Girls Hack Day – Intel and TOG workshop | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Further Information

About TOG

TOG is an non-profit makerspace founded in January 2009. It aims to develop an inclusive community interested in the pursuit of innovation in science, technology, modern culture, and creative arts. It is a shared space where members work on projects in an creative environment that is both inspiring and supportive of both new and old technologies.

About Coding Grace

Coding Grace are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. They have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland and more and provide female-friendly workshops and events in an environment for developers and aspiring developers mentored by diverse instructors from the industry.

About Girls Hack Ireland

Girls Hack Ireland is a program developed by The Insight Centre for Data Analytics (@insight_centre) with the aim of generating knowledge & interest among girls to pursue the academic disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects through creative, interactive learning. Read more about Girls Hack Ireland.

About CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a global network of volunteer-led, independent, community based programming clubs for young people. These young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and get to show off what they’ve been working on.

There is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning with an emphasis on openness, helping others and showing how coding is a force for change in the world. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience.

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