Since August, 4 creatively modified bicycles have been making the rounds of Lagos in just one neighborhood, cleaning up and recycling 5 tons of trash.
Wecyclers.com is a partnership between Billikiss Abiola (Nigeria) and Jonathan Kola (Kenya) to get people in Lagos to recycle aluminum and plastic. They do this using modified bicycles, welded to a trailer, making a tricycle that can carry large bags of sorted waste. Each bike costs approximately $500 to build, though those prices will come down as they start ramping up across the city.
I asked Billikus how they get people to recycle sachet’s (the little bags that water is sold in on the streets of Lagos), as well as plastic bottles and aluminum cans.
She explained the system, which is a partnership between Wecyclers and Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA). People are encouraged to recycle their trash using a system that tallies up the kilos of each type in a database, and then using a simple SMS system to keep people abreast of their score. One kilo of plastic is worth 10 points, one kilo of aluminum is worth 20 points. Once every three months they have a big event where you can redeem your points for items. The people with the most points get prizes.
Their other key partnership is with large corporates, like Coca Cola, who’s CSR arm sponsored the prizes and underwrote the costs of the event, giving out items like raincoats, backpacks, pens, notebooks and water bottles.
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The lists of people looking for matches is now up on the site, HERE, Sorry to all that it took a little while. Please browse the lists, especially – but not only – those from Ghana and see if you ‘match’ with someone there.
Match a Maker is a great way of helping each other, you can offer someone advice on design or technologies for example and perhaps gain advice or help on funding or mentorship. There are so many ways to ‘match’
At the live event in Ghana, lots of matches were made, for example: a man working on biocarburant found a mentor to further develop his business model, an inventor needing AutoCad skills was linked with the FabLab in Ghana, a shea butter maker was linked with a fabricator for a new machine to do same, a local children’s community organisation was linked to FM radio sender makers and a Ugandan man was linked to a mentor for developing his bicycle driven medical care service.
Now we want to continue this momentum online. So see if you can help ‘match’ people to take inventing and making to the next step.
We are also working on a fully fledged platform to support the same types of matching but then globally. We envisage liking this to a ‘Whuffie‘ type approach to reward people who match others. You can help us design and build this full platform, if you have suggestion are are willing to volunteer time to get this platform up, running and connected please mail us
This excellent Maker Faire Africa video compilation was created by the good folks at AfricaNews.
Pat Delany inventor of the MultiMachine who we were so lucky to have at MFA09 talks about “the really big things that happened” at the event. As if that was not enough he shrugged off the abortive takeoff his departing Delta flight experienced:
Should be home by now but plane had engine trouble on takeoff.Better here than over the ocean in a 2 engine plane! Really big things have happened.A trade school will probably expand to other parts of the country and take the MM with it.An MIT lab is going to make and test the drill.People are going to make a “jungle” drill to make bolt holes to plank a bridge with wood that is so tough that nails just bounce off.Maker Faire Africa is sponsoring a country wide MultiMachine building contest.
A Nigerian venture capital guy is going to make my penetrating oil.I have been invited to join an American Association of Mechanical Engineers developing country group and maybe make a couple of speeches.And really big deal..I have started a program to provide African welders with better eye protection than the sun glasses they normally use. They often lose much of their sight after just a few years. The goal is to get the rod makers to provide filtering glass with boxes of rods. As it is now they are blinding their customers
Way to go Pat! Sourced from the MultiMachine user group
[The Maker Faire Africa team at a press conference]
Here are some of the media and blogs that have been writing about Maker Faire Africa:
AfricaNews: Maker Faire Africa kicks off
The Ghanaian Chronicle via AllAfrica: Maker Faire Africa underway in Accra
Core77: Maker Faire Africa is on!
Wired: Maker Faire Africa
Mental Floss: Preview: Maker Faire Africa
Kent’s Diary: Maker Faire Africa kicks off in Ghana
Reports from the first Maker Faire Africa are starting to come in. Afrigadget has been active amidst the standing room only crowds. Here’s what’s up:
This morning at Maker Faire Africa, after a short introduction by Nii Simmonds and Emeka Okafor, the team (MFA sponsors) from AndSpace Labs have been moderating a “show and tell” by some of the Makers (which is what we’re calling those who are demo’ing at the event).
William Kamkwamba: Windmills
First up was William Kamkwamba, who is really seen as a success story of this type of microentrepreneur or innovator in Africa. His windmills and the story behind it are an inspiration for many here, especially the aspiring makers with good ideas and their first prototypes. There is now a book, a documentary and a foundation all set up around the inspired story of windmills from Malawi.
The International Develpment Design Summit has been going on for the last 4 weeks in Kumasi, Ghana. Two members of the team came up to talk about one of the devices that they created from local materials, that will be here at the show as well. It’s a device that allows you to store your food so that it doesn’t spoil as quickly. To see more of the IDDS work, here are the final presentations from earlier this week.
Pat Delaney: Multimachine
“You can have no industrial progress without machine tools.” He’s here to show how you can start from nothing except a pipe with three holes in it and an old/broken engine block, and create a universal machine tool. His is called the Multimachine. Due to weight constraints he couldn’t bring a complete machine, so he brought the rudimentary drills and 200 DVDs full of instructions to the event.