MakerFaire Africa 2010 Project Showcase

03 Economy, 04 Education, 05 Energy, 07 Health, 08 Wild Cards, Mobile, Technologies

Maker Faire Africa is a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and creation. Here you will find the Makers who showed their work at the 2010 event in Nairobi Kenya. Work ranges from time saving devices for agriculture to alternative energy sources from design with recycled objects to social media applications for mobile phones. Per maker you will find a short synopsis of their work, their contacts details plus a possibliity to collaborate with them.

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"Digital Tank" (kiosk)

Terra Weikel from Uganda came with briliant idea on how to improve the digitalization of rural Uganda, and they concluded that the best material would be to use a drum which is readily available. They then converted it into a digital tank (kiosk). He was here to create awareness of the digital drum and inspire its use in other African Villages! To inspire for a better Africa, in terms of digitalization.

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"Village Telco"

The Village Telco is an initiative to build low-cost community telephone network hardware and software that can be set up in minutes anywhere in the world. No mobile phone towers or land lines are required. He was here to create awareness of the product and it entrepreneurial sense! To inspire for a better Africa, in terms of Tele-communication.

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LED + solar traffic lights

Norbert a former bio-chemistry engineer from Uganda came up with a mechanical marvel: Traffic lights using LEDs and powered by solar. Inspired by the lack of traffic lights in his area, plus the ineffectiveness of the ones that were there. His is writing an eBook containing all the specs for this design. Norbert would like introductions to city council management in e.g. Nairobi or Kampala to work with city engineers on installing this solar traffic ligth system widely. He wants to see his open design used. He also wants to stay in contact with like minded people such as he met at the faire.

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Dynamic Toilet

The Dynamic Toilet is a toilet cistern that can save large quantities of water in a more hygienic and convenient manner. According to our research; it can save at least 57 billion liters of water per annum and prevent the next pandemic.  Leso is looking for an African municipality or government who is ready to pilot the dynamic toilet. The prototypes are completely ready for use and thoroughly tested. Now this system needs to be utilized at scale.

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"Talking Book"

The program bridges the student to a book ratio in a programmable audio computer then a sound is recorded and categorizes audio recording to talking book gadget. It runs on an embedded linux operating system and over 35 people want it. Is willing to partner with any organisation to spread its programme effectively also it has been deployed in Ghana and some Ngo wants to take it up.

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Other projects:
+ Solar-driven water pump which also senses when it is full
+ Clay water containers ‘contemporized’
+ Various crafts made from recycle materials such as plastic bags and tires
+ First complete free and open map of Kibera
+ Fab Lab design and laser cutting for mechanical products, etc
+ Swahili translation version of Mozilla
+ Service enabling business owners to transfer their biz data to central servers via mobile
+ ChildCount SMS

See http://www.matchamaker.info for all projects (some projects are not updated yet).