Maker Faire Africa

I’m currently in Nairobi in Kenya with Paul Granjon and Peter Hathaway, for Maker Faire Africa, on behalf of bloc: Creative Technology Wales. Maker Faires are like science faires for DIY technology and the African version is billed as a ‘celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention’. bloc ran a Maker Faire as part of May You Live in Interesting Times and commissioned several practitioners for the festival, so this year they’ve sent a contingent to Kenya to continue the dialogue started in 2009.

At the Faire itself I’m going to be working with Nairobits Digital Design School, doing surgeries for Makers about marketing their wares online for free, but in the meantime I’m helping Paul out with his ‘Nairobi Solar Machine‘ project, working with students from FabLab in Nairobi University. This feeds nicely into some work I’ll be doing with arduino and micro generation in the autumn, as part of Powys’ Chance to Create scheme.

The three of us are writing a blog over at WordPress, although to be fair, Peter is the main contributor, by quite a long way.

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