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MFA 2012 Workshop - Africa's Innovation Culture

Maker Faire Africa

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (WAT)

MFA 2012 Workshop - Africa's Innovation Culture

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What is the role of “invention” in an ‘innovation culture’? What are the unique catalytsts that promote it, both on a macro and micro level, in African societies? As the new global model for manufacturing becomes personal, democratized and distributed, it forms tighter bonds with the systems that are already a basis of strength for much of Africa. Nigeria, in particular, has many informal systems that can naturally self-assemble into new models for innovation, both for Africa and around the world.

Maker Faire Africa's Emeka Okafor (Timbuktu Chronicles, TEDGlobal 2009), along with Pauline Mujawamariya (African Innovation Foundation) and Moji Rhodes (Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor of Lagos and Coordinator, INNOVATE LAGOS Project) lead this 50-minute rapid-fire overview & lively discussion, open to all workshop participants. Joined by inventors, entrepreneurs, designers and engineers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, and Kenya, and the U.S., the discussion will explore a variety of new tools & platforms that are being used around the world to bring inventions to market; faster, cheaper and easier than ever before, and we’ll work together to explore how these can be specifically adapted to the needs of Nigeria’s inventors. Crowd-sourced funding, indigenous materials creation, empowering women inventors, personal manufacturing platforms & technologies, and the need to brand invention inside Africa, will be primary topics of discussion.

This opening talk will be jam-packed with useful information & ideas for all types of inventors, from grassroots to Ph.D.’s, and addresses topics of interest for a variety of industries in Nigeria, including architecture, agriculture, health, sanitation, social design, engineering, fashion, film and more.

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Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
Herbert Macaulay Rd
Lagos, Lagos

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (WAT)

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Maker Faire Africa

Maker Faire Africa is a pan-African event and community of inventors, engineers, designers, scientists, and anyone interested in making things for Africa, within Africa. Each year, our 3-day fair celebrates African ingenuity, creativity and innovation from the grassroots level to the most advanced technologies.

Our Workshop Day is a series of back-to-back sessions on topics that focus on entrepreneurship, invention, design, technology & science, all with the intent on driving making and manufacturing within the continent.


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