In two weeks time, Iâ€™ll be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya to attend Maker Faire Africa. This is an event which is bringing together inventors, ingenious craftsmen/women, artisans and innovators under one roof to showcase their latest inventions & products, dialogue between experts and non-experts and also network in promoting their works.
Maker Faire Africa is a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention and will take place in from 27th – 28th, Aug 2010.Â Last year, I volunteered at the very first Maker Faire Africa event in Accra, Ghana.
According to one of the organizers; Erik Hersman of Ushahidi & AfriGadget;
â€œThe 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.”
Among the projects and workshops which will be take place during the 2-day event are:
a). Match-a-Maker: A project which link people who needs some sort of support with their projects and inventions.
b) Entrepreneur Workshops : Talks by various local and international experts on various topics on everything from manufacturing, fueling your business with social media to fostering partnership with other inventors.
I want to say a BIG Thank You to Bertelsmann Stiftung & Future Challenges for making it possible for me to attend and blog at this event by sponsoring my air-fare and lodging whiles in Nairobi, Kenya.
For more information; Follow Maker Faire Africa Blog and also via Twitter: @Makerfairafrica. Photos from the event will be on their flickr page; MFA10 Flickr Page
Kukutana na wewe katika Nairobi, Kenya. [trans; Meet you in Nairobi, Kenya]
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