As part of the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, running from 19 August to 3 September, the Maker Library Network will offer a range of free activities and workshops for you to come and learn a new skill. You can pop in to explore projects, new technologies and share ideas with some of the country’s most inspiring makers and thinkers who will also be facilitating workshops. This will all take place at the Tshimologong Precinct, Braamfontein.
The Maker Library Network is a British Council Connect ZA project that connects designers and makers around the world through a programme of travel exchanges, exhibitions and events. A Maker Library combines three elements of a makerspace, a library and a gallery in order for people to make, show, get inspired and connect with like-minded people. It serves to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and skills between professionals and encourage public engagement.
To book your spot, all you need to do is select which of the events you’re interested in and follow the link to register.
Events and activities on offer:
The 3D Age Gaming / Saturday, 20 August / 10:00 – 13:30 / Geekulcha
Get hands-on with 3D scanning and 3D gaming. Learn how to build your own games, print your own characters and create animations, with Intel RealSense 3D cameras, 3D Printers, Holograms and Animation. This is open to anyone to attend.
African Emoji Holograms / Sunday, 21 August / 10:00 – 16:00 / Geekulcha
Artists, graphic designers and game designers are invited to imagine and design a new series of African emojis and then bring them to life by building holograms.
Click here to register for African Emoji Holograms
Open Data Quest / Wednesday, 24 August / 10:00 – 16:00 / Drop-in Sessions on the hour, every hour / Geekulcha
The Geekulcha Maker Librarians in collaboration with Code4SA and CSIR, will challenge you to come up with story angles using online data about Women and Human Settlement. This workshop seeks to explore and address social dynamics in South Africa and use Women and Human Settlement information to contribute to a dynamic, creative story. The workshop is open to marketers, designers, journalists, historians, storytellers, but especially those studying or practising Sociology and Human Sciences
Register for Open Data Quest and don’t forget to bring your laptop
Making Time Capsules of Space / 25 August – 28 August
Maker Librarians will collaborate to capture site-specific sounds, from the streets of Jozi, and interpret these in physical formats that will allow you to interact, listen and interpret these moments. Poetic sound clips will document moments in different spaces around the city, and these will be translated into physical forms, using different technologies.
The project will be led by Maker Librarians, Thingking and The MakerSpace as well as guest librarians Robyn Farah (KAT-O) and Tom van den Bon (Binary Space) who will mentor a group of young female engineers (electronic and mechanical) and programmers. If you’re interested, you must be able to commit for all four days.
Make a Radio Satellite / 31 August (Wed) / 10:00 – 16:30 / Geekulcha
Make your own amateur radio satellite and explore methods for space observation, such as accessing data to build a mini weather station or an observatory.
Hosted in collaboration with South African National Space Agency (SANSA); SA AMSAT (South African Amateur Radio Satellites) and Binary Space.
Let’s Talk about Space / 31 August (Wed) / 19:00 – 21:00 / Geekulcha
Do you know where South Africa is as far as Space Technology is concerned? Come through and find out as Mandla Maseko shares his experience as the first black African who has gone to space. The South African National Space Agency will answer all your questions about space technology and South Africa’s experience in exploring other realms.
To join the conversation on Twitter and follow @Geekulcha, #SpaceTalk
3D Age Fashion Experience / 1 September (Thurs) / 10:00 – 17:00 / Geekulcha
Pop in to experience a virtual reality fashion show and meet local fashion designers from the Tshwane Fashion Project who are collaborating with Geekulcha Maker Librarians to explore ways in which the world of 3D technology will shake up the fashion industry.
Make a ‘Junk’ Robot / 2 September / 10:00 – 17:00 / Geekulcha
Ever wanted to create a creature of your imagination hacking together everyday objects such as old toys and random materials. You can bring your toy to life or create a robot with arduino technology, jumping wires, sensors and motors.
Register for Make a ‘Junk’ Robot and don’t forget to bring along old electronic toys, and interesting household items.