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h/t to AfriGadget for this alert on Maker Faire Africa to be held in Accra Ghana this August 13-15. The following is from the AfriGadget blog:

As Emeka puts it:

The aim of a Maker Faire-like event is to create a space on the continent where Afrigadget-type innovations, inventions and initiatives can be sought, identified, brought to life, supported, amplified, propagated, etc. Maker Faire Africa asks the question, “What happens when you put the drivers of ingenious concepts from Mali with those from Ghana and Kenya, and add resources to the mix?

We came at this event from a specific angle – we mixed the types of individuals who show up on AfriGadget and Timbuktu Chronicles, and the ethos of the greater MAKE community, all with the blessings of the good folks at Maker Faire. The dates were chosen to coincide with Amy Smith’s and MIT’s International Development and Design Summit (IDDS), which will run for 3 weeks before MFA, also in Ghana.

How You can Support MFA

First off, help spread the word!

Let people know where and when it will be. Share the link to the site, grab a badge, blog it.

Second, be a sponsor, and help us find sponsors.

If you know an organization or individual who would like to support this amazing event, put us in touch with them. It could be monetary, or it could be donating some cool gadgets, gear, tools or devices for people to hack on while there. (example idea: we’d love to get some LEGO Mindstorm kits for the local high schools). Be a sponsor.

Third, come.

If you have the time and ability, we’d love to have you, your ideas and your gadgets at MFA.

The Team

Want to get involved yourself? Get in touch!