We’re just a month away from one of my favorite events of the year: Maker Faire Africa! It’s where we bring inventors, innovators and ingenious designers and artists into one place. Last year we did it in Ghana, this year it’s in Kenya on August the 27th to 28th. Submit your project here!
“The aim of a Maker Faire-like event is to create a space on the continent where Afrigadget-type innovations, inventions and initiatives can be sought, identified, brought to life, supported, amplified and propagated.”
The aim is to identify, spur and support local innovation. At the same time, Maker Faire Africa would seek to imbue creative types in science and technology with an appreciation of fabrication and by default manufacturing. The long-term interest here is to cultivate an endogenous manufacturing base that supplies innovative products in response to market needs.
Projects, Sponsors and Links
â€˜Match a Makerâ€™ was started last year, and it was such a big success that we’re doing it again this year. It’s done in order to link people up who could help each other with technical advice, contacts and business advice.
There will be a business corner for entrepreneurs to get help from local experts, a time devoted to kids experimenting with technology, and talks by local and international experts on everything from manufacturing to scaling your business.
- â€˜Think Solarâ€™ : Solar technology for young people
- â€˜Crafting peaceâ€™ : Hand crafts for children
- â€˜Hack your mobileâ€™ all ages
A BIG thanks to Freedom to Create, Butterflyworks and ASME for sponsoring this year’s event!
Keep up to date on the Maker Faire Africa:
July 23, 2010 at 6:44 am
Sounds like a cool event. Any chance there are any events in Kenya that during the time I’ll be there (sept 20-oct 20) that I’d be interested in?
Sorry for the somewhat off topic comment…
July 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I’ll be en route to Burning Man. But I sort of have this fantasy that in 2011 we could line up Maker Faire Africa and a gathering of all the various NGOs and startups working on bicycles in Africa (Zambikes, ITDP, BENN Namibia, Worldbike, etc)…
July 24, 2010 at 6:18 am
One of those nice events that I difficult to associate with – sorry!. With all the hustle and bustle of life, overbearing school curriculums, the hand to mouth kind of earnings to ‘sukuma wiki’ etc, I think many we are generally not an innovative people. And those of us that against odds pursue innovation, they get discouraged easily by the very socio-economic setup of our country.
I shall try to attend as I pursue therapy for my scepticism.
July 28, 2010 at 10:24 am
Very lucky we got a stand this year.
Will be showcasing our Web and Mobile Apps as well as Multilingual interfaces.
See you then…