Maker Faire Africa, a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention will be held August 27th and 28th in Nairobi, Kenya.

bloc, a Wales based organisation for creative technology will have a stall at this year’s event. Through an ongoing partnership, DIY Kenya will continue to sustain the work with Maker Faire Africa and Wales.

bloc has commissioned product designer Peter Hathaway to instigate a participatory design project with the students of the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center.  Peter will be collaborating with the students at the Kwale Center whilst developing an innovative project during a three week period prior to attending Maker Faire Africa.

Additionally bloc will enable Stefhan Caddick, bloc’s Online Coordinator and Paul Granjon one of bloc’s Board Members to travel to Maker Faire Africa and together they will share a stall with Peter Hathaway.

Stefhan Caddick will lead workshops using free, open source tools. Zero Cost Websites Workshop will focus on developing low bandwidth sites appropriate for use in Africa or over a mobile network.

Paul Granjon is planning to make the Nairobi Solar Machine, a yet unknown solar powered device constructed with a mix of imported technology (solar power and electronics) and local resources. Paul is looking for local collaborators with an interest in lo-tech robotics to make the device in the four days before Maker faire Africa. More information about the project here.
Contact him if you’re interested.

Carolina Vasquez is DIY Kenya’s Project Manager. Liaising with Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center, Butterflyworks, Wales Arts International, and British Council Wales, whilst raising the funds to deliver the project.

Last year, bloc’s founder, Emma Posey attended Maker Faire Africa in Ghana where she meet Alfred Sirleaf and Henry Barnor, amongst many others. Inspired by the event in Ghana, bloc held a festival of Creative Technology with the first Micro Maker Faire Wales at Chapter.

Funding for the DIY Kenya commission has been made possible with the support of Wales Arts International, British Council Wales,  and Welsh Assembly Government. Project Partners include Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center and Butterflyworks.