Reminiscing: Maker Faire Africa 2012

From November 5-6 last year, as a result of emerging a winner in the AFRON “10 Dollar Robot Design Challenge” for my entry “A Locally Sourced Robotic Arm” seen on this site here, I had the privilege to be an exhibitor at the Maker Faire Africa 2012 held in Lagos,Nigeria. The event was quite an eye-opener introducing me to the Maker Culture and creating links with people that I still treasure. On November 7, there were training sessions on various topics from 3D printing to Arduinos to Light Up Your Gele (a session on using LEDs with traditional African headgears) held at the Co-Creation Hub (CCHUB),Yaba.

Below are pictures from the both the main event and the training sessions.

Interacting with some secondary school students (Day 1)

Interacting with some secondary school students (Day 1)

It's day 2 and we are ready to roll!

It’s day 2 and we are ready to roll!

Just relaxing!

Just relaxing!

Steve Daniels, Esther Adebayo, Emeka Okafor and Emmanuel Iduma

Steve Daniels, Esther Adebayo, Emeka Okafor and Emmanuel Iduma

Henry Barnor(Co-organizer Maker Faire)

Henry Barnor(Co-organizer Maker Faire)

CCHUB

CCHUB

Linet Kwambaka (Girl Geek Workshop Facilitator)

Linet Kwambaka (Girl Geek Workshop Facilitator)

Bilal Ghalib (3D Printing Workshop Facilitator)

Bilal Ghalib (3D Printing Workshop Facilitator)

With Esther Adebayo

With Esther Adebayo

A MakerBot 3D printer

A MakerBot 3D printer

The Girl Geek Board

The Girl Geek Board

Preparing for a workshop

Preparing for a workshop

Jennifer Wolfe (Co-organizer Maker Faire Africa) and Emeka Okafor (Curator Maker Faire Africa)

Jennifer Wolfe (Co-organizer Maker Faire Africa) and Emeka Okafor (Curator Maker Faire Africa)

Anna Waldman and participants at the Light Up Your Gele Workshop

Anna Waldman and participants at the Light Up Your Gele Workshop

Light Up Your Gele Workshop in progress

Light Up Your Gele Workshop in progress

Tunji Eleso (Co-founder CCHUB)

Tunji Eleso (Co-founder CCHUB)

Steve Daniels(Editor-in-Chief Makeshift Magazine)

Steve Daniels(Editor-in-Chief Makeshift Magazine)

My  event tag

My event tag

Bilal Ghalib and Linet Kwambaka

Bilal Ghalib and Linet Kwambaka

Tunji  Eleso (Co-founder CCHUB) and Moji Rhodes(Deputy Chief of Staff, Lagos State Government)

Tunji Eleso (Co-founder CCHUB) and Moji Rhodes(Deputy Chief of Staff, Lagos State Government)

David Olaniyan, Abisoye Falabi, Joel Ogunsola, Anna Waldman Brown, Chika Okafor and Chinasa Ikeonu

David Olaniyan, Senongo Akpem, Abisoye Falabi, Joel Ogunsola, Anna Waldman Brown, Chika Okafor and Chinasa Ikeonu

Components at the Light Up Your Gele Workshop

Components at the Light Up Your Gele Workshop

Ugo Okafor

Ugo Okafor

Baho Abo El Ezz

Baho Abo El Ezz

Weaving LEDs into the hair of a participant (Is this the future of  fashion?)

Weaving LEDs into the hair of a participant (Is this the future of fashion?)

The finished product- LEDs lighting up plaited  hair.

The finished product- LEDs lighting up plaited hair.

                        
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2 thoughts on “Reminiscing: Maker Faire Africa 2012

  1. Wow!
    Thanks for posting this Oluwafunmilore. I never even knew about your robotics activities. Any video clip? Great stuff!!!
    I’m interested in learning more about your activities and finding out how I can be of help in any way. I can be reached at Bankarow@africathinkscitech.org and basically, we’re an organization interested in promoting science and technology in Nigeria/Africa.

    Please have you got information on the Maker Faire 2013? I’m trying to get information on it and find out how I can maybe sponsor an entrant.

    Also do you plan on entering an improved robot? I would encourage you to do so if you can.

    Sincerely and please keep up the great work

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