Maker Faire Africa, Accra, Saturday – Workshops

Notes from the Maker Faire Africa 2009 in Accra, Ghana from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August.

Follow the MFA09 aggregator on Maneno.

MFA09 program available here.

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Workshop: Localization – Suuch Solutions, Ghana

kasahorow

  • everybody can localize
  • provides fonts with every African symbol
  • different date formats, currency symbols
  • translations are stored in the kasaharow database

Mozilla

  • low presence in Africa
  • not available in many African languages – only one officially
  • call for people: localize Firefox to your language

Maneno

  • site support in many local languages – currently 8
  • trying to foster creation of content in African languages
  • faster for people in Africa – optimization for low bandwidth

Localization is not just translation – new words may not have a translation in e.g. Twi

ANLoc – the African network for localization – group of localization companies, trying to formalize their procedure

Language is part of who you are – that’s a huge reason to advocate localization of content and usage of language

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Maker Show & Tell

IDDS – chlorine dosing team

IDDS – chlorine production team

Notes from IDDS final presentation

Tosh – Nairobits

Offering IT and webdesign education to disadvantaged youth in Nairobi

  • Teaching also entrepreneurship
  • Also developing Flash-games
  • Many great designed webpages
  • Curriculum is online

Paul Sika – Photographer

Photographer and entrepreneur

  • scripting pictures as if scripting for a movie
  • started casting people – young actors
  • important – keeping artistic integrity at the beginning of the career, not being commercial too early

Sam Kessie – filma maker

Searching for collaborators on a new movie

  • showing the trailer
  • “Mourning movies”
  • shot in 3 days
  • cost very little money
  • high quality

Trying to make movies from Ghana more interesting to international community – Ghana has a lot of stories to tell

Where do you get your inspiration from?

  • was a former psychology student – life in general gives ideas
  • it’s often like a comedy because that’s often the only way we can handle that

IDDS – energy production team

How long will the battery last using a light?

  • 60 watt-hours of energy in a can
  • 3 D-cell batteries

Johannes – furniture maker – planiture

Rented a room when going to university in Kumasi, but there was nothing there – even had to sit on the floor

Experimented with various materials -> Decided to create furniture from plastic bottles

  • All people who ses it are amazed
  • dream: house from plastic bottles
  • raising funds now
  • trying to rebuild all the children’s centers in Ghana

All problems’ solutions lie in yourself

Production cost?

  • way cheaper than usual chairs ~60% less
  • everything was from recycling

How many bottles would a house need and how long would it take?

  • probably millions of bottles
  • many bottles are donated, a woman collects them for him at the market

Kenneth Mubuyaete – Zambulance at Disacare wheelchair centre

Organization provides aim for people with disabilities

  • should empower them to be able to earn a living on their own

Generating a device to easily move people with disabilities, creating several devices for disabled people now

Where does the material come from?

  • most things locally, things that are not produced locally from the region (Kenya)

IDDS – plastic recycling team

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  1. Sam Kessie Says:

    Hi,
    Just had a couple of corrections for the information you have on me from the Saturday Aug 15 presentation.

    Sam Kessie – filmmaker

    Searching for collaborators on a new movie

    * showing the trailer
    * “Mourning movies” – This is Mourning Motives
    * shot in 3 days
    * cost very little money
    * high quality

    Trying to make movies from Ghana more interesting to international community – Ghana has a lot of stories to tell

    Where do you get your inspiration from?

    * was a former psychology student – life in general gives ideas
    * it’s often like a comedy because that’s often the only way we can handle that intense drama and chaos life generally throws at us.

    Thanks 🙂

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