MFA 2010 : Nairobi, Kenya

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SMS Security System

Sisal Decorticator

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Digital Drum Kiosk

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On the heels of MFA09, Maker Faire Africa 2010 continued to build on the notion that Africa’s makers where emerging as a force in their own right. Highlights of the event, which was held at the University of Nairobi, include the launch of MFA’s new Match-A-Maker site, an online directory of Maker Faire Africa participants. Notable supporters and participants included Fablab Nairobi, Kibera’s Victorious Youth jewelers, Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, and recently named TED Fellow Alex Odundo.

The event saw the launch of the seminal book on informal manufacturers ‘Making DO’ by Steve Daniels and the launch of the GE Mentorship Prize which was awarded to Robert Mburu.  The attendance of accomplished makers like Dominic Wanhija, a participant in the ‘09 event in Accra, helped plant the seeds for a sustainable intra-Africa maker community which continues to grow.

The event, which displayed around 85 projects, continues to champion inter-disciplinary collaboration and mentorship.