Jim McCann TechSpace Launch @ Foróige's Big Picture, Tallaght
Phyl McCann, wife of the late Jim McCann from The Dubliners, contacted us to donate some of Jim's photography equipment to a Dublin-based TechSpace. Jim was known as a musician but he was also an avid photographer with quite a lot of experience and became a Nikon Photography Member.
Jim & Phyl's donation consisted of professional photography studio equipment such as cameras, backdrops, studio lights, tripods and an Apple iMac. This equipment was awarded to Foroige's Big Picture in Tallaght for young people aged 12-18, who now have the Jim McCann TechSpace Photography Studio for all educators and young people across the TechSpace Network to use!
On behalf of TechSpace, Camara Ireland and Foróige we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for this generous donation from Jim McCann’s family.
TechSpacer 'Ben' completes Internship @ Ogilvy
Well, what can we say about May? Lots of things!
European showcase at Yo!Fest in Strasbourg
In partnership with Foróige Galway we showcased our ESB funded Maker Programme and hosted tea with MEP Mairead McGuinness at the European Parliament with over 7000 young people and 100s of collaborative workshops.
Shortlisted for a Tech Excellence Award
We were delighted to be shortlisted for 'Best Use of Technology in Education & Training'. Check out the award winners through their website here!
An Interview with the President
YMCA Ireland educator TJ Hourihan facilitated a group of young people from Cork to interview Michael D. Higgins at Croke Park for the Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals: surely a winning combination if ever there was one! Check out the interview below:
Foróige's Hype Festival in Longford!
We showcased our Digital Media and Maker programmes, including music videos created by the TechSpace network. We also made holograms as well as some makeshift handheld fans to keep us cool in the fantastic weather!
UNESCO Pop-Up Festival in Galway
Inver partnership supports opening of new Youth Work Ireland sites
Through this partnership we were delighted to welcome Youth Work Ireland to the TechSpace Network. We also opened five new hub sites this year:
- Youth Work Ireland Tipperary
- Clare Youth Service
- Foróige Limerick
- Nenagh Youth Project
- Foróige Ballina Neighbourhood Youth Project
We look forward to working with Inver in 2017 and beyond!
3D Design and Printing Workshop
We welcomed our new supporter Stryker, the medical devices and equipment manufacturing specialist who, together with DesignerDojo, helped us to deliver a 2 day pilot in 3D Printing and Design workshop in Cork with YMCA Ireland.
This was followed by a 3D design workshop and expo at the Creative Tech Fest in November.
“It was a great 2 days and I learnt so much. At the start I didn't think that I would enjoy it and be good at it, but after the 2 days I really do think I have learnt so much and I am confident about how to use 3D and would be glad to do it all again and actually to pursue a career in 3D printing” - Emma, Cork YMCA
Creative Tech Fest
As Google for Education partner, Camara Ireland and TechSpace were grateful for their hospitality at their deadly Dublin HQ to help make the Creative Tech Fest so memorable this year. Other event supporters included ESB for Maker, Stryker for 3D Design & Printing, Inver for Digital Media, Sonalake for Tech Workshops and the Dept. for TechSpace as Gaeilge . Thank you to everyone who attended on the day, it was amazing!
“It was a brilliant experience, my favourite part was making my robot” - Dean, Foróige Athlone
Next year’s award categories will be announced in early 2017 so that you can prepare. In the meantime, check out our video as well as our pics from the day and get tagging!
New TechSpace Website
In November we were delighted to launch our new website! On it you can find information about TechSpace, what we do, what trainings we deliver and who we work with.
It's super and we hope you take a minute to head on over to www.TechSpace.ie to check it out!
A year in Creative Tech with Ciara-Beth
2015 TechSpacer of the year Ciara-Beth has been hard at work this year
"To say this year has been a little crazy is an understatement!
In January, I finally started a long journey down the road of app development, on a concept I've been working on for the past two years! It was really really exciting to finally see it come to life! October, I finally got to the beta testing phase for my app!
I was accepted to the BT Young Scientist Competition with this project, and will be visiting the RDS in January.
In February, I helped Matt and Jen run a training day for TechSpace as Gaeilge, a programme which I also helped introduce to my school. I also submitted a video to the Adobe1324 #WithMalala campaign.
Over the summer, my Foróige group organised a trip up to Windmill Lane Studios, and we got a taste of what a recording studio is like, as well as getting to see the sound effects being added to a movie trailer.
In September, I was lucky enough to be elected to the Digital Youth Council of Ireland, and I also got to meet with other creative consultants from around the country at our planning day for Creative Tech Fest. Unfortunately I couldn't attend the Creative Tech Fest this year, but don't worry, I'll be back!
Other than that, I pieced together a few videos, and started learning more about photography. It's been quite a year, but hopefully next year will be just as entertaining!!"
Watch Ciara-Beth's story below!
Keep an eye out for these upcoming opportunities in the TechSpace Calendar!
- TechSpace Xmas Party @ Foróige Galway
- GOAL Design for Change Challenge
- Let’s Talk About Drugs Competition
- What’s Your Story Film Competition
Opportunities are now available in a Google Calendar format. All TechSpace Cluster Coordinators and Educators can edit it directly, so input your local and national events for 2017 now!
TechSpace Training & Creative Tech Support Sessions
Creative Tech Support Sessions (formerly masterclasses) give TechSpace educators the opportunity to customise their upskilling based on their needs.
Matt and Adam are here and we’re quickly booking up for the first 3 months of 2017, so get in touch with us for all your training and Creative Tech Support needs as soon as possible! Keep in touch and check out our new site
For information on our digital media and maker training please see our menu training card & brochures on our website through the link below: