Skycon is the Skynet Conference on Computer Science, organised and hosted by the University of Limerick Computer Society. Initially founded in 1992, the society, has enjoyed 20 years of successful running. Since 1992, the society has grown enormously, both in members, technology and provision of services.
Skycon itself, is a two day event that encompassed many diverse aspects of computers. It cateres for people who were interested in areas ranging from cloud computing, to open source side of computer development, mobile development and game development.
Skynet is one of the oldest societies in the University of Limerick. It was setup in 1992 by a small, dedicated group of students. John Quinn, Andrew Good and Ivan Griffin and others had an interest in computers, and in the tradition of Clubs and Societies in the University of Limerick, wanted to bring that interest to other students. They started by running Skynet in a bedroom in Plassey Village. The location was far from static through the years - and as people moved from place to place, Skynet moved from Plassey village to underneath a desk in the B2 computer laboratory, to under a postgraduate's desk in the Foundation Building. The 1997 academic year saw Skynet and beast (two of the computers providing services) moving to the University Intel Lab where they lived until 2000.