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Maker Faire Africa 2010

So, Maker Faire 2010 has now been and gone – and it was such a wonderful way to begin winding up my time here and the DIY Kenya project! Paul, Stefan and I all really enjoyed rubbing shoulders and swapping … Continue reading

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Automated Water Winch operation in Maker Faire Africa

The Automated Water Winch Machine was transported to the grounds of Maker Faire Africa on friday morning, and we worked on debugging the program and operation all day, with punters showing lots of interest. Automated Water Winch operating on Friday … Continue reading

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Nairobi Solar Machine update

Here are the pics I had no time to upload on thursday, progress on the Nairobi Solar Machine, from now on called The Automated Water Winch. Blackboard sketch for Automated Water Winch, 23rd August 2010 From tuesday the students and … Continue reading

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Makers Online

So, day one of Maker Faire Africa started with a light drizzle and a temperature of what I’m guessing would be about 15 degrees C, so much like being in Wales then… The big news in Kenya today is the … Continue reading

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…just time for a quick update!

The Maker Faire starts tomorrow and since my last ‘blogging’, I have been busy preparing for the ‘bloc’ stand at Maker Faire Africa.  The DIY Kenya project will  presented via a large TV screen showcasing the project and the design process … Continue reading

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Nairobi Solar machine update

I arrived in Nairobi on Sunday night. I brought with me 7 kilograms of kit: a 10 Watts solar panel with regulator, 12V battery and a selection of tools and electronic components. On Monday I went to Nairobi University and … Continue reading

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Maker Faire Approaches

The whole bloc team (Peter, Paul and I) have safely arrived in Nairobi now and are working furiously towards the opening of Maker Faire on 26th August. We met up at Hotel Jaffers last night to swap stories and discuss … Continue reading

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‘Urban Africa’ David Adjaye at Design Museum, London

Just heard about this exhibit at the Design Museum in London.  Closing soon – last day 5th September: ‘Urban Africa’ “An epic act of homage to a continent” Observer newspaper One of the leading architects of his generation, David Adjaye … Continue reading

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‘DIY Kenya: In Transit’ – Less about design, more about riding the Night Train from Mombasa

I tell you, if you need to get from Mombasa to Nairobi and you have a bit of time to spare, you could do a lot worse than ride the night train.  It is seriously slow going, at around 16 … Continue reading

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Tutaonana Kwale! Farewell Kwale!

  And so the DIY Kenya project is finished; for now at least.  Wow, it’s true, how quickly time passes when you’re having fun!I have always maintained that ‘DIY Kenya’ should not stop at the 2-3 week mark, but rather … Continue reading

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