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Where Are The Bikes at Maker Faire Africa 2010?

by Tom on August 28, 2010 · 6 comments

in Afribike,Bike event,Kenya

I was very tempted to go to Maker Faire Africa this year, but the business I had in Nairobi fell through, and I opted to spend this weekend preparing for Burning Man instead. (Tough choice!) They’ve just posted a “meet the makers” short video. Looks chilly in Nairobi this week!

Maker Faire is a great event and I am pleased the momentum has carried through from the first Maker Faire Africa, held in Ghana last year (and mentioned on Bikejuju here).

As you can see, though, despite the vibrancy of the grassroots bicycle and bicycle design sectors in Africa, they are under-represented at Maker Faire Africa, especially when you compare it to the US Maker Faires, where there is always lots of bikey fun. From a distance it seems there are even fewer bicycle projects in Nairobi than last year in Accra. I have a little dream that we could use the Maker Faire Africa gathering in 2011 or 2012 as a place to bring together the African grassroots bicycle sector. What do you think?

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Mark Grimes August 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Tom-

I think if you can get a number of grassroots bike innovators to Maker Faire Africa in 2011 we can even make sure you are all highlighted and in a special section of MFA during the event.

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julius munene August 31, 2010 at 11:55 pm

av just graduated from school
I had a bicycle waterpump which av patented. but I wasnt aware of the make faire Africa Project.
am sure many werent aware
more publicity pliz

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