MFA 2009 : Accra
It was the first Pan-African event to highlight the creativity and ingenuity of makers across the continent. Consisting of hardware hackers, robotocists, designers, artists, engineers and inventors, amongst others, Maker Faire Africa 2009 broke new ground on the methods needed to nurture innovation. In the minds of participants, it highlighted the importance of invention as an endeavor in itself.
Workshops, such as one held by Afrobotics, emphasized the significance of
goal-oriented hands-on interaction. Prototypes from the International Development Design Summit2009 where presented to public attendees that where not the typical.To further and foster the importance of innovation, the GO Ingenuity Award (GIA) was launched at the event. MFA 2009 validated what its organizers had posited; that Africa had a untapped seam of practical doers that could hold their own against their contemporaries across the world.
Organizing Team 2009
Lars Hasselblad Torres
Director MIT IDEAS Competition
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