static1.squarespace-4STEFANIA DRUGA

from Brasov, Romania, living in Berlin, Germany

Stefania is the founder of Hackidemia and Afrimakers, former Googler and graduate from an international Erasmus Mundus master of Media Engineering for Education (France, Spain, Portugal). In the summer of 2012 was also the Education Teaching Fellow at Singularity University at NASA where she advised and coached 80 students from 36 countries. In the past 3 months she travelled in 8 African countries and trained local teams of makers to design and create hands-on projects that could solve local challenges like access to electricity, clean water, health.



static1.squarespace-5LYNN (TINKER)

from Shenzhen, China

Lynn loves to make things by hand, likes children, feels happy to play with children. She worked as a product manager in a toy company  (MelissaanDoug.Inc), 5 years experience in new toy product developing. Now Lynn is engaging in finding new ways to improve education in teenagers. She has participated in initial trainings and workshops in schools in Shenzen in January 2014 and is currently preparing a new series of mentor trainings in collaboration with Chaihuo Makerspace. She also translated the organizer kit in Chinese and is main responsible for local chapter of HacKIDemia.



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from Philippines 

Program Director at Launchgarage, Jay is a serial tech entrepreneur whose earliest startup was coding and selling business software while in high school in the late 80’s. His last startup cycle was Wi-Fi hotspot network Airborne Access, founded in 2002, and sold it to PLDT in 2008. Jay is also the program director of Manila based startup accelerator Launchgarage. He is an organiser of Startup Weekend Manila, and runs the regular ROOFCAMP with fellow tech and startup enthusiasts. ROOFCAMP brings together entrepreneurs, innovators, venture capitalists, and other like minded people to form a mutually supportive, and proactive community of dreamers and doers.



static1.squarespace-6SAAD CHINOY

from Bangalore, living in Singapore

Saad is a professional geek with a passion for coffee, technology, and the OpenSource way of doing things. For a living he conceptualizes tech solutions as “Chief Geek” at Tusitala, the digital publishing arm of Potato Productions in Singapore. Tusitala which means “story-teller” is a small start-up that focuses on telling stories digitally and creating unique user experiences for various target audiences from children’s content to event management companies. Currently developing a platform to enable Asian storytellers leverage the accessibility and reach of all things digital to get their stories published. Saad also volunteers with several non-profits and strongly believes that social enterprises should be the key users of and contributors to OpenSource tech. Saad is a self-confessed maker and coffee person.



11210346_10205832863393078_338017427_nOPEMIPO OKUNGULA

Afrimakers, Nigeria

Opemipo is a graduate of the University of Ibadan where he studied electrical/electronics engineering. He has been interested in making since a young age. He works with Afrimakers to further the goal of teaching young people how to use to electronics to solve local problems.

When not tinkering, he loves reading Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler novels. He is passionate about technology and how it can be used as a tool to better peoples lifes. In the future, he wants to work with embedded systems.



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Storyteller. Community Engineer. Hardware Geek.
San Francisco, United States

Madelynn Martiniere is a storyteller, community engineer, and technologist with expertise in developing engaging experiences both online and off. In her career she has helped technology companies raise over $1M in crowdfunding campaigns, and facilitated partnerships, sponsorships and press for startups and leading brands alike. Currently Madelynn consults with technology companies on how to build sustainable communities, build confidence in their brand, and create compelling stories. She is a regular speaker and mentor about engineering communities, the maker movement, and open source hardware.


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Frank had always tinkered with computers, but did not realise how much he loved making things until he built his first miniature steam engine at Yale. From then, he was hooked. Before landing in Shenzhen, Frank worked at MAKE, where he met the most amazing people and saw the future.

He is currently stationed in Shenzhen and still tinkers on his time off.