Limerick & Dublin Meetup groups »

We currently have two Meetup groups up and going — in Limerick and Dublin — and are looking for other cities to join. These meetups are for people interested in Augmented & Virtual Reality, whether developers, business people, students or just ‘regular’ enthusiasts. Each city organizes regular meetups according to their own schedule so if you’re interested in bringing 3Dcamp to your corner of Ireland please let us know by Tweeting us or commenting on our Facebook page.

3Dcamp is only a few days away! »

As organisers, this is the moment when we’re getting very nervous. The number of attendees registered has passed the magic hundred a few days ago, we have a fantastic line up of speakers, now all we have to do is …make it happen!

Now in its 7th year, 3Dcamp is part of the “Made in Limerick” strand of the Limerick City of Culture series of events, celebrating the Science & Engineering aspects of culture.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Edmond Harty, engineer, inventor and highly successful businessman. Edmond will share the lessons of innovating at a world leading dairy manufacturer.

Our Special Guest Speakers are Ton Zijlstra(NL) and Adrian McEwen(UK).
Ton Zijlstra is an entrepreneur and has a background in technology and philosophy. He is fascinated by the new affordances that connectedness provides, and the consequences connectedness has beyond the scope of the technology involved. He’s been at the forefront of open government data across Europe since 2008, was until recently the chairman of the FabLab Foundation for the BeNeLux countries, and organizes barcamp-style unconferences with his wife for their birthdays. He’s been blogging about these and more interests since 2002.

Adrian McEwen has been connecting devices to the Internet since 1995-first cash registers, then mobile phones, and now bubble machines and lamps. He founded MCQN Ltd., an Internet of Things product agency and is co-founder of DoES Liverpool, a hybrid co-working/makerspace that is the home for tech startups in Liverpool. His book Designing the Internet of Things was published by Wiley in late 2013.
He was one of the first employees at STNC Ltd, which built the first web browser for mobile phones and was acquired by Microsoft in 1999. Now Adrian concentrates on how the Internet of Things intersects with people’s lives and how heterogeneous networks of devices should work together, and lectures and speaks on these issues internationally. You can find him on the Internet at, or follow him on Twitter as @amcewen .

Limerick man David Hunt will speak about his DIY PiPhone, a smartphone based on a Raspberry Pi. The general public will get a chance to see the gadget up close, as well as hear the story behind it.

We’ll have guests from the NUIM “Programmable City” project. We’ll hear about FabLabs in Ireland. We’ll have presentations on virtual currencies, brain sensing and the Internet of Things and we’ll have demos of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift.

As CoderDojo Limerick is co-located with 3dcamp again this year, we have concentrated the talks and workshops that might be of interest to them around the times when they’ll be around (11am-2pm).

Registration starts at 9:00, with the keynote scheduled for 9:45. If you intend to come and you haven’t registered yet, please do so now at, as we need numbers for catering.

The draft schedule is now available, and you can download it from here.

On Friday May 16, in collaboration with our colleagues at SAUL, we are running a Planned Obsolescence and 3D printing workshop at Fab Lab Limerick (7 Rutland St) starting with 18:30.
You are invited to bring in all sort of broken small appliances and objects that you imagine could be fixed using a 3d printed part and we would try to fix them using 3d scanning, 3d modelling and 3d printing.

Talk #19: Interactive Data Visualisation with the Leap Motion »

Interactivity for Data visualizations usually takes place by means of WIMP interfaces or mouse and desktop based interaction. However with the growth of new technologies such as 3D gestural control and interactions moving more and more to post WIMP or Natural User Interfaces, researchers within the data visualization community are exploring the possibilites NUIs could have for interactive data visualizations.

For her final year project at U.L. Nicola Cosgrove created an interactive data visualization on suicide in Ireland using the Leap Motion 3D gestural controller. The use of bimanual interactions for data visualization was explored and also insights gained on how to move forward for further research.

For 3Dcamp Nicola will do a demo to allow interested parties to use the Leap Motion whilst gaining insights to facts and figures on suicide in Ireland.

Talk #18: The Internet of Things and Digital Fabrication: A Recipe for New Business? »

An exploration of the possibilities opened up by the emerging Internet of Things and how tools like laser-cutters and 3D printers could enable a renaissance in manufacturing.

Adrian McEwen has been connecting devices to the Internet since 1995-first cash registers, then mobile phones, and now bubble machines and lamps. He founded MCQN Ltd., an Internet of Things product agency and is co-founder of DoES Liverpool, a hybrid co-working/makerspace that is the home for tech startups in Liverpool. His book Designing the Internet of Things was published by Wiley in late 2013.

He was one of the first employees at STNC Ltd, which built the first web browser for mobile phones and was acquired by Microsoft in 1999. Now Adrian concentrates on how the Internet of Things intersects with people’s lives and how heterogeneous networks of devices should work together, and lectures and speaks on these issues internationally. Follow him on Twitter as @amcewen

Talk #17: The Programmable City Project »

Software and data are essential to the functioning of cities. They are deeply and pervasively embedded into the systems and infrastructure of the built environment and in the management and governance of urban societies. Software-enabled technologies, services and data augment and facilitate how we understand and plan cities, how we manage urban services and utilities, and how we live urban lives. In this talk Tracey Lauriault will introduce the NUIM Programmable City Project being conducted in Dublin and Boston, and will discuss early work on how cities are translated into data and code and how code and data in turn reshape city life.

Talk #16: PiPhone - the Raspberry Pi based smartphone »

David Hunt in the inventor of the Raspberry Pi based smartphone that has gone viral on YouTube, with nearly 1/2 million views in only a few days, and now been seen on Sky News. We’re delighted that David will talk about and demo his invention at 3Dcamp -

Talk #15: DesignerDojo & Your Wonderful Virtual Future »

Paul Lee will talk about DesignerDojo- A new resource for kids to learn about 3D modeling, and all the wonderful things that Virtual Environments provide both now and in the future

The talk will include:

- What is DesignerDojo?
- You can do 3D modeling for free
- 3D printing: Where is it now and where is it going?
- What can Virtual Environments *really* do for us?
- Other stuff: 3D scanning of UCC buildings, Building Data (BIM), Wikihouse, & the future of Construction.

Talk #14: WeCreate FabLab Cloughjordan »

At the 3DCamp 2013, Anthony Kelly outlined the plans for Ireland’s first FabLab to be based in the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. In this talk, Anthony will present on the progress made since the WeCreate Workspace officially opened in February this year.

Talk #13: The Gamification of GIS - Simulating the Real World »

GIS, Geographic Information System’s, is the collective term for spatial data management, retrieval and analysis of geo-located information on our environment. It also involves the compilation of maps, primarily 2D, to represent this data. Although there have been attempts to create 3D virtual world GIS solutions, they are hampered by the fact that the underlying software architecture is not fit for rendering large volumes of 3D vector and raster information in real-time. Game engine technology has developed over the years primarily with this in mind, but game engine technology and graphics card technology were not designed to process geographic information.

In this presentation Gavin Duffy from RealSim will talk about how we are starting to integrate the data from GIS with the rendering and visualisation power of game engine’s to produce data rich, and highly realistic simulated 3D real world environments.

Talk #12: Augmented Reality: Marketing Dream? »

In this presentation, Alex Gibson will review how Augmented Reality technologies can be used in a number of sectors such as retail, consumer goods and tourism. AR has progressed more in the last 12 months than in the previous 12 years, and Alex will show how business models for adoption of AR are likely to evolve, with particular reflection on how wearable devices are likely to lead to accelerated adoption.

About Alex Gibson: Alex is the Assistant Head of the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is leading the DublinAR project which uses AR in a heritage trail context. Alex recently chaired the inaugural European Augmented Reality Marketing Conference, and he hosts a weekly marketing radio show - The Persuaders - on Dublin City FM.

Talk #11: Fab Lab Limerick, a bottom-up approach »

“With the opening of this new space in Limerick city, Fab Lab Limerick becomes the second Fab Lab in the Republic of Ireland and it is determined to bridge the gap between digital fabrication technologies and local makers from all disciplines.

In this talk, Fab Lab Limerick director Javier Burón and Fab Lab Limerick Coordinator Michael McLaughlin, will present the bottom-up approach followed by the School of Architecture to set up Fab Lab Limerick.

NOW OPEN for (free) Early Bird registration »

3Dcamp is now open for free, Early Bird, registration.

Talk #10: Self-build and the maker movement »

The architectural profession has generally not paid much attention to self-build despite it has always been very popular with the general public all over the world. Societies and economies as distant as Austria and India have very similar high percentages of self-build housing and some studies have determined that one third of the world’s dwellings are constructed by their future occupants with no architect intervention.

A recent chapter in the history of self-build happened in Europe and United States during the 60’s. It became part of the counterculture movement and notable self-build systems were developed such as the Segal Method in England or the geodesic structures from the Whole Earth Catalog in California. In both cases, self-build was presented as a carefully though social and political attitude rather than just a necessity. Not casually, the articles published in the Whole Earth Catalog were also inspiring the first generation of computer hackers who originated the Information technology revolution in Silicon Valley.

The maker culture, a technology-based extension of the do-it-yourself hobbyist tradition, is one of the most notable phenomenons derived from this hacker culture in the 70’s. The maker movement proposes a bottom-up and collective alternative for designing and producing all sort of physical objects, from affordable medical prothesis to sophisticated drone aircrafts. Many experts believe that the future of physical manufacturing will shift from current failing structures of mass production to the decentralised and highly customisable maker’s approach.

In this presentation Javier Burón, who is a director at Fab Lab Limerick and lectures at the School of Architecture in UL, will explore the potential of self-build for creating new roles for architects based on the study of the maker culture and its disruptive impact on manufacturing and mass production.

Talk #9: Why Zuck’s no schmuck - the future of virtual reality »

James Corbett will talk about, and demo, the breakthrough virtual reality headset - the Oculus Rift. He will delve into the current landscape of virtual reality hardware and software and theorize wildly about why Facebook bought Oculus before the Rift was even launched into the consumer marketplace.

James is co-founder of a startup building a virtual reality platform for teaching and training. He is also co-founder of 3Dcamp and doesn’t usually talk about himself in the third person.

Talk #8: Augmenting the Future »

Eimear McCormack will make a presentation on the future of technology and how services, hardware and Augmented Reality will ultimately combine to create new computing frameworks and herald in a new age of computing.

Eimear is COO at iTagged and MD of B*Different. iTagged is a social discovery App that enables its users to create, share & follow augmented Tags. Eimear is an experienced marketing professional, guest lecturer in many universities and frequent panel guest on Today FM’s Business Show & Newstalk Breakfast.

Talk #7: Brain Knows Best; Using Technology To Harness Your Potential »

As CEO of Cortechs, Áine Behan is an Entrepreneur, a Neuroscientist and a lecturer passionate about neurotechnology that builds a resilient mind. Cortechs works off this ethos by using sensors, science, technology and gaming to improve brain resilience; thus the more you harness your brain activity, the more healthy, more focused and more relaxed you become.

With advances in touchless sensors and the evolution of neurogaming, we are on the cusp of making what was thought impossible possible. In this talk Áine will describe the latest cognitive, behavioral, emotional and sensory technologies that will create compelling and engaging experiences worldwide using the power of the mind. Of particular relevance to Cortechs she will discuss how these technologies are affecting gaming, therapeutics, wellness, education and more. Using your brain to control games and technology to improve our attention levels is now a reality.

Workshop #1: MaKey MaKey »

A MaKey MaKey is an Arduino board that can make anything into a key! You can make a connection through anything that’s even a little bit conductive. You can also create inventions that combine conductive and non-conductive parts. It will work with any software that works with the keyboard or mouse e.g. Scratch, PowerPoint, Photobooth, piano, bongos. The possibilities are endless. This workshop is designed to help you gain inspiration and practical guidance around the use of this technology, integrated across a range of subjects in your classroom.

Bianca Ní Ghrógaín & Hassan Dabbagh will present this workshop.

Bianca teaches at Griffeen Valley Educate Together where she is extremely passionate about the use of technology as a pedagogical tool. She currently integrates educational technology into all areas of her teaching.

Hassan’s first computer was an Apple IIe, which wasn’t really his but it was in the house and he got to play games like Kings Quest and it was downhill from there. Fast-forward to a few years and Hassan was selling computers when 16MB Ram was good and 15″ CRT monitors were the norm. He can remember using a 5 1/4″ floppy drive and that’s when floppy drives were really floppy. He can remember DOS and more importantly he thought it was great. Right now Hassan is an ICT support technician and trainer and does a lot of work with schools.

Talk #6: Crypto Currencies -The Potentials & The Risk »

We believe 3Dcamp was the first conference in Ireland to host a Bitcoin presentation and discussion at the 2013 event. So we’re delighted that Antonie Geerts, inventor of Gaelcoin, will make a presentation this year on the wider area of crypto currencies, the potential and the risks.

“This talk will be about the history of Crypto currencies and how it has the potential to change the financial landscape in terms of payments online. Also covered in the talk will be the anatomy of any crypto currency and its relation to network miners and clients and finally about the risks of Crypto currencies and how to spot the Ponzi.”

Talk #5: Unconferencing your birthday: Maker-style »

How do you expose your web oriented friends to this new phenomenon, this phenomenon of personal fabrication? Why not organize a conference? And make it a combined birthday party as well? This is exactly what my husband and I will do this year during Midsummer.

Why we’re doing this? To make sure that our best friends, who live all across Europe and beyond, have good reason to come to our birthday party. Six years after our first birthday unconference I want to share how we organize such events, the value we create for ourselves, our friends, family, clients, co-workers and people we barely know.

Elmine Wijnia is a creative knowledge omnivore who loves to tell stories through video and writing. With a background in Communication Philosophy she guides clients who are willing to reflect on or reinvent themselves through change processes, using any tool that is appropriate to tell the story and get the work done.

She loves to connect the wonderful people she got to know online over the years, so, together with her husband, every few years she organizes a birthday party conference. To explore ideas, share solutions, ask questions and step into unknown territory together.

Talk #4: Hacking by Google Search - Building hardware with no electronics knowledge »

Conor O’Neill generated quite a buzz when his ‘Raspberry Pi RC Race Car Controlled With Cheese‘ made a splash on Wired last year. An inveterate hacker, Conor has also been a stalwart of the Irish start-up scene including organiser of the first two Cork BarCamps. In fact it was those excellent events which gave inspiration for 3Dcamp which is why I’m particularly excited that Conor will be joining us in Limerick this year to talk about ‘Hacking by Google Search - Building hardware with no electronics knowledge

Conor says, “Whilst most people will give programming a go, many are afraid of playing with hardware. In this talk I’ll walk through some of the silly, less silly, useless and useful things I have built over the past year.

In every case I have started with “I wonder if…..” followed quickly by “How do I XYZ with Arduino or Raspberry Pi” in Google Search.

Someone somewhere has always done something similar or related before you and I’ll explain how you can build on the shoulders of giants. Anyone can build useful things for themselves with a few simple rules of thumb and something like an Arduino.”

You’ll find him @conoro on Twitter.

Talk #3: 3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualisation of Existing Architecture »

Conor Dore is a Postgraduate Researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology. His talk will focus on methods for 3D virtual reconstruction and visualisation of existing architecture.

“There is an increased demand for accurate virtual 3D models of existing buildings for many applications in particular in the cultural heritage and construction communities where this data is very important for documentation, conservation work and renovations. Virtual 3D models of existing buildings and cities are also very important for other applications such as planning, architectural design, tourism, disaster management, training simulations, noise mapping, environmental simulations, entertainment and education.

This talk will briefly look at different methods for collecting 3D data to record existing buildings such as 3D laser scanning, structure from motion and other image-capture methods. The raw data obtained from these survey methods must be converted to structured 3D models for useful further applications. Different approaches for generating 3D architectural models from survey data will be discussed. Current manual methods for this modelling process are time-consuming and tedious and require skilled modellers. This talk will briefly look at how automated approaches for 3D modelling used in other areas such as film and gaming can be applied for modelling our built heritage.

Finally this talk will also look at future trends in this area and possible applications of virtual architectural models with augmented reality and game engines for entertainment and education.”

Talk #2: Mixing Open Data and Making To Solve Things »

Netherlands based Ton Zijlstra (@ton_zylstra) is an independent consultant on knowledge work, learning and complex challenges. He writes on open data, open government, the FabLab movement, making, learning, communities of practice, and the philosophy of technology.

His talk for 3Dcamp 2014 is entitled, ‘Mixing Open Data and Making To Solve Things’

“What we make should matter, help solve and mean something for you or for others, provi1de a perspective for action and new affordances. In this talk, building on my experiences in both worlds, I will explore how Open Data and Making can mutually reinforce each other. What data do you need, in order to decide what to make to solve a local issue? How do you get that data open? What can you make to gather data yourself? What can you make that let’s you act on what data tells you? Can we make tangible things that let us understand data better? Taking practical examples from across Europe as inspiration, let’s see what we can come up with!”

### Saturday 17th May 2014 ### »

We’re delighted to announce that 3Dcamp is returning for the 7th year on Saturday 17th May 2014.

Details to follow…

Schedule for #3Dcamp 2013 now available »

The schedule for 3Dcamp 2013 is now available to view here. And to download (PDF) here.

Please note: the ‘barcamp’ format is fluid and flexible and the schedule of talks quite likely to change on the day.

Demo #20: “Real” Sim City - latest environment simulation developments from RealSim »

Gavin Duffy will demo RealSim’s latest city simulations, their associated tools and how they are being used.

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