I’ll be in Ghana next week to help with the final preparations for Maker Faire Africa, taking place August 14-16 in Accra, with the rest of the organizing team. It’s looking to be quite the event with many Ghanian Makers, as well as some from Kenya, Liberia and Malawi. The FabLab teams from Nigeria and Kenya will both be showing what they’ve been building, as well as some of the teams from the IDDS event.
A Small Taste…
Dominic Wanjihia from Kenya will be coming to show his evapocooler invention for cooling camels milk in Somalia, along with an number of his other inventions.
The FabLab team from the University of Nigeria on their way. Look for a bunch of neat stuff, including: a mobile device battery charger using cycle power, a simple mobile robot, a Wi-fi phone network, and a universal remote control for switching on/off your lights.
Planish, a company that makes cool, funky looking furniture from water bottles will be showing their wares.
Nana Kofi Acquah is an amazing Ghanaian photographer with images that capture the spirit of Ghana. His breathtaking pictures have been used by the likes of FIFA, Nike and Nestle in campaigns around the world. You can find his professional site at NKAphoto.com »
Pat Delaney, of Multimachine fame, is coming. This is an, “all-purpose open source machine tool that can be built inexpensively by a semi-skilled mechanic with common hand tools, from discarded car and truck parts, using only commonly available hand tools and no electricity.” Though he can’t bring the full machine, he is bringing all the knowledge cased in DVDs for anyone to build their own out of locally available parts.
Most of my blogging about Maker Faire Africa will happen on AfriGadget, but there will be a lot of content up on the MFA blog as well.
An event like this just wouldn’t be possible without the help of others. We’re fortunate to have some great sponsors on board, including: IDDS (happening right now in Ghana, read their blog), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Butterfly Works, Inveneo, Moving Windmills, Mozilla, AndSpace Labs and many individual donations totaling up to $2400 (thanks!). Lastly, a special thanks to Dale, and the rest of the O’Reilly team, for letting us use the “Maker Faire” moniker for this event.
August 3, 2009 at 10:35 am
Really looking forward to being there on behalf of Maneno! This is going to be a great event, which I’ll work to blog and photograph it as much as possible as well. Erik, many thanks to you and Henry for putting up with my questions prior to arrival as I’m guessing there must be a million details now.
Anyone else who is going to attend, I’m actually arriving this Friday and will be in Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi, and then back to Accra if you wanted to meet for a drink and chat about African tech and blogging or try to laugh off the latest generalizations about Africa from a certain tech blog with the initials TC. You can contact me at miquel at maneno dot org.
Again, really excited. Erik if you need you need anything just let me know! W00t!
August 7, 2009 at 11:44 am
Sweet. Can’t wait to follow along with the updates.
Does Planish have a website?
September 2, 2009 at 6:00 am
I love the bottle furniture – thinking of making my own!