MFA 2010 : Nairobi


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.

In addition to the Solar Makers and Crafting Peace workshops co-hosted by Butterflyworks, 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.

Organizing Team 2010

Emeka Okafor
Blog: Timbuktu Chronicles
Principal Makeda Fund
Director TED Africa

Erik Hersman
Blog: WhiteAfrican
Founder AfriGadget,
Co-founder Ushahidi

Mark Grimes
Founder Ned.com
Founder NedSpace
Co-founder Better World Media Network

Emer Beamer
R&D Director Butterfly Works
Co-founder Butterfly WorksNairoBits

Louisa Mekenkamp
Program Manager Butterfly Works

Henry Barnor
Co-founder GhanaThink
Founder Afrobotics

Linnet Kwamboka
Co-Founder AkiraChix

Jennifer Wolfe
Jennifer Wolfe Design