27 Jan

HacKidemia is a global organisation that runs hands-on STEM workshops for kids in more than 25 countries around the world with 8000 children and 400 mentors. As they were asked by the Afrilabs community of hubs to bring the project to Africa they launched this campaign two months ago: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/afrimakers.
The main intention is to enable African makers — kids in particular — to use making and prototyping for solving local challenges like access to clean water, energy and information.
 
During January and February 7 teams of makers in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana will be trained and coached to solve local challenges with prototyping and young people. The local makers will receive fellowships and will train other hubs in the region. All projects will be documented and shared.
Afrimakers trainings and workshops are now taking place in Kenya until the 1st of February. 
 
What: Trainings and hands-on workshops for youth with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and many other electronics and prototyping tools 
When: 25 January-1st February (full schedule here)
Where: FabLab University of Nairobi, iHub
 
We would like to kindly invite all your interested students that would like to participate in these workshops to apply here
For more information kindly explore our implementation plan here and our last experience from running workshops in 2012 in Nigeria here.
 Latest Articles about Afrimakers
Afrimakers is a initiative born to inspire young African makers and plant the seed of local change through social entrepreneurship, digital fabrication and regional collaboration.http://blog.arduino.cc/2013/11/28/afrimakers-planting-the-seed-of-local-change/
 

“The problems in Africa are complex – often there is a lack of the basics things like access to clean water, energy and information for everyone. Afrimakers wants to bring a sustainable change into this.” http://www.maketechx.com/afrimakers/

“The maker movement is still very close to people’s hearts in emerging markets and they have a much more intimate relationship with the things they make and use because they have to value them more.”http://ventureburn.com/2013/12/rise-of-africas-makers-qa-with-hackidemia-founder-stefania-druga/

and constant blog updates here: https://medium.com/afrimakers-dream-big