News from the Belfast Hackerspace

Andrew Bolster

Senior R&D Manager (Data Science) at Synopsys Software Integrity Group and Treasurer @ Bsides Belfast and NI OpenGovernment Network

[caption id=”attachment_515” align=”alignleft” width=”212” caption=”Proposed Hack Aid poster designed by David Kane”]Proposed Hack Aid poster[/caption]

So we’re only a few weeks into developing this idea, and first I’m going to give some credit where credit’s due; the people that I’m working with this have been brilliant, I want to give special thanks (in no particular order) to Ryan Grieve (@thegrieve), David Kane, Ben Harrison, Martin Gilchrist (@Gilchrist_LLP), Jonny Milliken, Dan Reid, and Chris Murray (@kris18890).

Anywhere, where are we now?

Currently we’re trying to secure storage space from QUBSU, as well as negotiating using The Space as an exhibition area, working with Digital Circle to come to some partnership agreement, with two major event ideas;

  1. Having a ‘Hack Aid’ (hopefully in conjunction with Camara, where interested parties bring in their obsolete computers and spare parts, which everyone would work together to turn into usable computers that would then be donated to charity. Personally I think this is brilliant because it could combine a wide variety of technical fields from electrical engineering, computer architecture, programming, Open Source Software, and a community spirit that I hope the Hackerspace will be able to continue.

  2. Liaising with the Northern Ireland IET Committee to take part in their proposed CyberSecurity week this coming year, with a series of activities involving the ‘classical’ conception of hacking, from wireless network intrusion (and intrusion detection!), network mapping, DDoS attacks, encryption and encryption attacks, as well as a wealth of informative talks and discussion on how to secure yourself online given these privacy and security threats.

All in all I think its going quite well!

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