Monday, August 16, 2010

Maker faire Africa 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya on August, 27-28

Maker Faire Africa is a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention. The first event was organized last year in Accra, Ghana at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. It featured exhibitions of African-made products amongst others. It was great to see some African makers, inventors and other passionate Africans come together to showcase African ingenuity and creativity. If you are in Kenya this August 26 to 28, you should attend this event at the University of Nairobi campus.

The event helped me learn about a lot of awesome young Africans, including Johannes Arthur who built sofas using water bottles and, Alfred Sirleaf who is the Liberian analogue (blackboard news) reporter, amongst others.

Some info from the Maker Faire Africa website.

The key words here are to celebrate and have fun while absorbing,interacting and learning from the creativity of others.

The core of the Maker Faire Africa is ‘Makers’ showing their work.
We expect 100 / 120 Makers who ‘Make or Produce with care, skill & ingenuity’ across the following disciplines:

Artisan crafts: Metals, Textiles, Wood, Ceramics, Glass,
Engineering: Chemical, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, Software, Hardware
Design: Architecture, Environmental, Fashion, Graphics, Industrial, Interior

The public and other makers should be able to see and interact with the works, it’s not a case of look and don’t touch. Inventions will be demonstrated and put to work, explained, discussed, tips shared for improvement.

See some photos from Maker Faire Africa.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/butterflyworks/sets/72157623388991354/show/

See a news feature Africannews.com made about last year's event
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPtT3En77zM

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