Maker Faire Africa: Press Release #1


3-day Event Showcases Entrepreneurship in Four Key Areas: Arts & Crafts, Robotics, Agriculture & Environment, and Science & Engineering
August 14 – 16 in Accra Ghana

Washington DC and Accra, Ghana – July 21, 2009 – Organizers of Maker Faire Africa announced today that Maker Faire Africa (MFA) will be held August 14 – 16 in Accra, Ghana. Focused on bringing together acts of ingenuity and inventions from across the continent the 3-day event will host a series of workshops, seminars and lectures focused on 4 key innovation areas. Designed 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, this conference will answer the question, ‘What happens when you put the drivers of ingenious concepts from across the African continent together and add resources to the mix?’ With more than 900 people expected to participate, MFA is a chance to change the conversation about Africa from development to innovation

“So often the world hears the bad news coming from the African continent. Maker Faire is a chance to highlight the innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity that abounds in Africa,” said Nii Simmonds, co-founder of Maker Faire Africa. “With MFA we can create a space where the best and brightest can come together to support each other, exchange intellectual capital and find the resources they need to deliver products that fulfill the most basic to the most complex needs on the continent. And this is just the beginning. We hope to propel this into a platform that continues to bring people and products together for the future.”

MFA will deliver 4 conference tracks all fostering conversation and collaboration with attendees:

  • Robotics – Lead by Afrobotics in the ROBOlab, this track host lectures as well as a LEGO robotics workshop and competition.
  • Agriculture & Environment – takes a new look at sustainability, green technologies and innovations such as biofuel and architecture.
  • Science and Engineering – this track will highlight new innovations from the 3rd annual IDDS at KNUST as well as a series of hands on workshops.
  • Arts & Crafts – held at an outdoor art center this track will showcase everything from sculptures to toys to textiles
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2 Responses to “Maker Faire Africa: Press Release #1”
  1. Tom says:

    It’s a shame I didn’t know about this earlier. I’ve always been jealous of the makerfaire’s overseas and now we are having one in africa!!! It’s too short notice to come this year, but I need to make a plan for next year for sure. I’ll be coming from south africa. You guys should have one in South Africa some time as well

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