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.




from Shenzhen, China

Violet is one of the Maker Faire Shenzhen organizers and has been supporting the maker community for several years as part of her role at SeeedStudio. She is extremely resourceful and passionate about her work and together with the members of Chaihuo Makerspace she shares a vision of building and supporting the maker movement in China.

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 Togo 

Born in 1980 in Togo, Sename is architect, researcher in anthropology, ICT social entrepreneur and poet. After a long experience in humanitarian construction, he created the platform ‘L’Africaine d’architecture’ which aims to explore the possibilities of an alternative architecture based on the line “modernity rooted” enhancing vernacular aesthetics and resources. In 2012 he identified a correspondence between the hacker ethic and values of traditional African societies and developing the #LowHighTech concept to mark this proximity and make possible an original approach of technology that would make it accessible to the lowest strata. The “Shaing City” project #Hubcité Africaines, ##WoeLab (first African Space of Technology Democracy) and# W.Afate (first “Made In Africa & with e-waste” 3D printer) are today the best ambassadors of this vision of society.



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.