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The Maker Movement in Gauteng Province, South Africa

Authored by Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Chris Armstrong, this Working Paper sets out findings from research into the dynamics of the emerging “maker” movement in…

Erika Kraemer-Mbula June 6, 2017

Mobile Innovation as the Cornerstone of Socio-economic Development in Kenya

Over the past few years, Kenya’s innovation scene has come to the limelight, resulting in some naming the country as the technology hub of Africa. Some of the…

Jacquelene Mwangi May 15, 2017

Open AIR hosts South African Maker Movement Workshop

Enthusiasts and researchers gathered on Friday, March 3, 2017 to share research on the growing African maker movement. The workshop was hosted at the Institute for…

Chris Armstrong March 6, 2017

A New Look at High Tech Hubs in the ‘Digital Savannah’: Part 1

This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting Open AIR’s latest working paper, A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa, which will soon…

Victor Nzomo February 20, 2017

Open AIR Students Present at Carleton's Institute of African Studies

Back in October 2016, three of our Open AIR Research Fellows had the unique and rewarding opportunity to participate in the Second Annual Institute of African Studies…

Jeremiah Baarbe January 25, 2017

Open AIR North Africa Distinguished Speaker Series: Ibrahim Al-Safadi on Makerspaces and Employment Opportunities

On 10 December 2016, as part of the RiseUp Summit in Cairo, Open AIR’s North Africa hub hosted their first Distinguished Speaker event with Ibrahim Al-Safadi,…

Nagham El Houssamy January 22, 2017

ICT strategy development: from design to implementation case of Egypt

Authored by: Sherif Jamel and Nagla Rizk Information and communication technology (ICT) is continuously setting the pace for a changing, competitive and dynamic…

Nagla Rizk January 20, 2017

A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa

Authored by: Rutenberg,Nzomo,Mwangi,Millar,de Beer

Isaac Rutenberg January 12, 2017

El Houssamy Presents at Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit

The Summit was part of a series of events that took place in Egypt in conjunction with the Global Entrepreneurship Week. A2K4D’s Senior Research Officer, Nagham…

Nagham El Houssamy December 5, 2016

Makerspaces and Creativity

Looking back at Open AIR’s ‘Making’ Innovation Happenroundtable   By Sean Boots In mid August, Open AIR hosted a roundtable discussion on makerspaces…

Sean Boots November 7, 2016

“Making” Innovation Happen: Open AIR Hosts a Successful Workshop on the Maker Movement at uOttawa

How the world evolves in the next decade (and beyond) may be dependent upon a new-age movement re-instilling age-old skills: the maker movement. In my ongoing research…

Meika Ellis October 19, 2016

Emerging issues in campus and community “makerspaces” across Canada

Makerspaces are places where innovators gather together to develop new ideas, technologies and entrepreneurial opportunities. The concept of sharing not only space…

Vipal Jain August 16, 2016

Innovation, Makerspaces, and the Future: A Lesson from the University of Pretoria

Creativity is a key ingredient in innovation, and the University of Pretoria’s (UP) makerspace screams it from the moment one arrives; the walls are brightly painted…

Meika Ellis June 29, 2016

Beyond the Poster Boy of the Maker Movement

Some people tour Europe’s finest vineyards others tour Australia’s sweetest surf spots—I tour South Africa’s pioneer makerspaces; part of the growing global…

Meika Ellis June 15, 2016