08 October 2008
Maker Faire Africa + IDDS 2009 in Ghana !?
It's great how a seedling idea can take root! Specifically, I've been a big fan and supporter of both the IDDS -- the International Development Design Summits, which have been organized by Amy Smith and colleagues at MIT for the past two summers -- and the growing set of Maker Faire's -- orchestrated by the maestros at Make 'zine! So when my colleague Lars Torres, who runs the MIT IDEAS Competition, told me of emergent plans for a Maker Faire Africa -- proposed by Emeka Okafor of Timbuktu Chronicles -- I immediately suggested coinciding the timing of the event with the finale of IDDS 2009 which will be in Kumasi, Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Well, it's bubbling up, and will most probably happen! (It's not yet a done-deal, but surely the folks at Make will love it!) Check out AfriGadget's supportive post -- Maker Faire: Africa 2009!