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The Maker Movement Across North Africa

Authored by: Nagham El Houssamy and Dr. Nagla Rizk This Working Paper sets out findings from research exploring the growing maker movement across North Africa, focusing…

Nagham El Houssamy October 5, 2018

Making at AFRICAOSH Summit 2018

By Outlwile Maselwanyane  The first gathering for Africa Open Science & Hardware (AfricaOSH) was hosted by Kumasi Hive innovation hub, Kumasi, Ghana, on April…

Outlwile  Maselwanyane May 30, 2018

Maker spaces in developing countries: Sites of innovation despite simultaneous challenges

by Mohamed Hosny In the past few years, there have been several initiatives to help entrepreneurs introduce new creative and innovative products that break from…

Mohamed Hosny May 22, 2018

Les Fablabs en Afrique : une utopie à l’épreuve des réalités locales

By Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou Du 6 au 10 mai 2018, la ville de Dakar accueillait le Festival Afropixel 6 sur la thématique « Utopies non-alignées : Imaginaires…

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou May 18, 2018

Historic Gathering of Africa’s Open Science Hardware (OSH) Innovators – the AfricaOSH Summit, Kumasi, Ghana

By Chris Armstrong  Open AIR was privileged to be a supporting partner of the inaugural AfricaOSH Summit, held 13-15 April 2018 at the Kumasi Hive innovation hub…

Chris Armstrong May 11, 2018

A Scan of South Africa's Maker Movement

Authored by Jeremy de Beer, Chris Armstrong, Meika Ellis and Erika Kraemer-Mbula, this Working Paper sets out findings from a national scan of maker collectives…

Jeremy de Beer December 21, 2017

Africa’s Maker Movement: An Overview of Ongoing Research

Makerspaces are places where people gather to build projects, learn new technologies, and develop entrepreneurial opportunities. Open AIR is conducting research…

Jeremy de Beer October 25, 2017

Innovation by “makers” in South Africa’s Gauteng Province

The “Makers” who come together to tinker and hack in the maker collectives of South Africa’s Gauteng Province display a wide range of innovation practices,…

Chris Armstrong June 7, 2017

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

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

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

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