Friday, October 7, 2011

Maker Faire Africa

I've been reading about Make from time to time on boingboing and yesterday did a little bit of investigation into what Make is.

To quote from Wikipedia:

"Make (or MAKE) is an American quarterly magazine published by O'Reilly Media which focuses on do it yourself (DIY) and/or DIWO (Do It With Others) projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking and other disciplines."

O'Reilly Publishing ... the Bastard Operator From Hell!

The Make magazine was launched in 2005 and a year later Make organised the first Maker Faire in the USA bringing together amateur and small professional inventors and innovators who support an opensource philosophy and are seeking collaboration on creative and business levels to promote their ideas. The most recent US Maker Faire was last weekend in New York.

The Maker "movement", for that is what it has now become, was initially a "First World" phenomenon, is now spreading fast as it becomes apparent that it is ideal for the promotion of appropriate technology in the developing world.

Advancing from Schumacher's original philosphy, that inspired "Intermediate" and "Appropriate" technology and were developed world led, the Maker movement, although originally started in the developed world is now taking off in the developing world. The emphasis now is that the people who know what is appropiate are the users themselves and that technology should originate from and, most importantly by users ...

I haven't found time to this. Here are important links ...

White African

Timbuktu Chronicles

Maker Faire Africa


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