WHY IS THE MAKER CAMP POWERED BY MAKER FAIRE SHENZHEN?
Maker Faire Shenzhen, the playground for makers and innovators, is opening its doors to the maker community through its new container built by the Maker Camp. Supporting maker movement is at the heart of Maker Faire team and we know that the maker community is an essential player in a rounded and sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem. We hope that the Maker Camp and the our container lab can inspire the next generation of makerspaces founders all across China. We’re partnering with Maker Faire Shenzhen to host the camp. Our common goal is to create an exchange of practices between local and global communities of makers.
HISTORY OF THE PROJECT
Maker camp has evolved from Hackidemia and Afrimakers communities and was initially organized in Berlin during the summer of 2014. The first camp lasted a month and had 15 international participants, 20 mentors and many global partners. You can find out more about the initial camp on participants blog and in this video from the demo day.
HacKIDemia’s mission is to empower children to be creators of technology through hands-on workshops, training, and entrepreneurship in order to address local challenges while creating or supporting sustainable mobile labs for children. HacKIDemia has trained more than 8000 children and 400 mentors to date, and has grown into a global community of makers organizing hands-on science workshops for kids in 40 countries around the world in the past 2 years.
The aim was to channel makers’ communities toward the creation of networked local hubs that will provide access to the latest technologies and tools and will allow people from an early age to kickstart their project and solve local grand challenges (access to energy, clean water, healthy food, information and learning, etc.)
Afrimakers is an initiative that wants to enable African makers to use local know-how and hands-on prototyping for solving local challenges like access to clean water, energy, information. It kickstarted maker workshops focused on local challenges in 10 hubs around Africa who asked us to go and train them to work with young people (Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, and more).
Each of the ten hubs received a HacKidemia maker box of tools and recruited a local team to be trained by them to organize and to run hands-on workshops in local private and public schools. Maker fellowships were offered for members of each team to go and train other hubs and makers in the region and near countries. And so the of local change was planted through social entrepreneurship, digital fabrication and regional collaboration.
Now that the HacKIDemia and Afrimakers communities are growing by themselves, the goal of MakerCamps is to allow makers from different parts of the world to come together and learn how they could create makerspaces, prototyping labs and community centers with very limited budget by using shipping containers which can be found everywhere. HacKIDemia’s second MakerCamp is being organized for 12-18 June 2015 in Shenzhen, China (first one took place in Berlin in 2014) . It will host mentors from Africa, Europe and Asia and participants from all over China.
Our main goals for the camp are:
- The first goal of the camp is to enable participants to explore what they are good at and what they like to do and to learn how they could design and build and extremely affordable and modular MakerSpace inside a container.
- We also wish to create a community of practices where we can learn together and from each other and exchange questions, know-how and ideas.
- Last but not least we wish to be able to match participants skills, interests and passion with projects that have an impact for others.