BlogTalk, IgniteTheWest, HackerWeek – Upcoming in Galway

No big events in Galway for ages, and then they all come together.

Irish Hackerspaces Week

Is being run by 091Labs from August 15th – 22nd. They’ve got lots of events on every day (I’m hoping to make the Ruby workshop) – you can find out more on the 091Labs site, and see the full listing of events on their Events & Workshops page.

BlogTalk 2010

This looks like a really interesting conference; they’ve got some very big names coming on the 26 & 27th of August. Here’s a sample of who’s lined up:

  • Dan Gillmor (director, Knight Center): Activist consumers and responsible media creators in a networked age
  • Stowe Boyd (social tools authority): Social media blur: blogs, networks are turning into real-time streams
  • Don Thibeau (director, OpenID): Open identity for open government
  • Charles Dowd, Sonia Flynn (Facebook): The Facebook Platform
  • Ade Oshineye (Google): Social networks versus conversational networks
  • Blaine Cook (BT, ex-Twitter lead developer): Webfinger: using your email for portable identity on the Web
  • Fergus Hurley (founder/CEO, Clixtr): From Galway to Silicon Valley: Building a consumer Internet startup
  • Ted Vickey (former director of the White House athletic center): Social media and LinkedIn for business
  • Werner Breitfuss (Hypios) – The impact of social media on expert finding strategies
  • Laurent Walter Goix (Telecom Italia) – Context-aware mobile social web
  • Declan Elliott (091 Labs) – Open community labs, creative spaces and DoOcracy
  • Darragh Doyle ( – who are we, what do we do, and where are we going?

There are 1 day and two-day tickets available – I’ve got my eye on the Thursday sessions. Find out more on the BlogTalk site.


IgniteTheWest is coming to 091Labs on the 10th of September, so it’ll be a nice warm-up for anyone that’s coming to Galway for the weekend (Bizcamp Galway is on the next day).

I wasn’t familiar with the Ignite setup – the background to it is:

Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city. And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world

They have a registration page for people that want to sign up for talks.

Bizcamp Galway

There are still tickets available for Bizcamp on Saturday September 11th. They’ve been going surprisingly fast, so if you’re interested, get your name down. There are also still slots available for people to sign up to speak.