Maker Faire Africa is pleased to announce its 3rd event, ‘Maker Faire Africa 2011 : Cairo‘ which will take place in Egypt, October 6-8th, 2011.
Join us once again as we continue to cultivate new and existing maker communities across Africa. As was the case in Accra (‘09) and Nairobi (’10), MFA 2011 will present and spotlight the vibrant and endlessly creative individuals that have come to represent the spirit of ‘making’ throughout the continent. These innovators, artists and tinkerers will be exhibiting a fusion of the informal and formal; ideas, inventions, hacks and designs both low-tech & high-tech.
From cuisine to machines, come see their re-imagining of products, exploration of novel materials, and original solutions for some of the continent’s most important challenges and opportunities. Maker Faire Africa 2011 will be a celebratory showcase of unhindered experimentation and curiosity. We look forward to seeing you this October.
The idea all began when Emeka Okafor mused aloud at ned.com, “While the ICT space has developed a head of steam in some parts of Africa… a ‘Maker Philosophy’ is yet to occur. I would be interested in getting a sense of everyone’s thoughts on a Maker type Faire within the continent… an event where Afrigadget type innovations, inventions and initiatives can be brought to life, supported, amplified, propagated etc.”
Following this, Maker Faire Africa took place in Accra, Ghana August 2009. Working with Afrigadget, the International Development Design Summit and Butterfly Works a nod from Maker Faire and the team named below we ran the Maker Faire Africa 2009 and were happy with the outcomes of the inaugural event.
We are now gearing up for the 2010 Maker Faire Africa to be held in Kenya on August the 27th and 28th. We are happy to hear from anyone wishing to contribute in kind or sponsorship, take part, visit, show their work, spread the word etc, let us know.