Posts tagged: Johannesburg

Maker Faire: Cultivating a community of African makers

Emeka Okafor , is a British Nigerian living in New York who sees himself as venture capitalist for Africa. He is the curator and director of Maker Faire Africa and speaks about what the event means for Africa, and the need for manufacturing on the continent. This interview originally appeared on SmartMonkeyTV: Emeka you have been the organiser of Maker Faire in Africa with others. How did that come about? Emeka Okafor: A number of us who founded Maker Faire thought that there was a disconnect behind the idea of hardware, the making of hardware, and the need for a greater interest in manufacturing… the idea that we didn’t have an appreciation for people who were inventors and innovators in the more physical sense. We felt that there was a mother-load of individuals across the continent that were not getting their due, in terms of people 1) acknowledging that ... read more

The City’s Leading Game Changers Propose Big Ideas To The Continent’s Thorniest Problems

JOHANNESBURG – Boasting an enduring reputation as a crucible for change, Johannesburg will play host to the 2013 Talking Heads Live. The event enables the city’s thought leaders, social disruptors and change makers to share with the public their big ideas and experiences on current issues facing their disciplines. Created to encourage the public to explore and develop new ways of seeing and understanding the world and themselves as Africans, the experience has fondly been dubbed ‘a genius exercise in speed dating for the brain’. Unlike popular platforms like TED, which have taken the world by storm, this boutique event typically draws some 40 extraordinary speakers from the worlds of business, art and design; advocacy; philanthropy; technology; environmental sustainability and health to engage in multiple simultaneous conversations with an audience of just over 100 people. Confirmed speakers include: visionary social entrepreneur Yusuf Randera-Rees; Tutu fellow and mining consultant Mema Beye, ... read more

Knowledge Leeches

“Dude, Talking Heads – I love that band.” It’s a joke wearing thin, as I break away from an inebriated group of friends preparing for a very different kind of Saturday night – the Converse Party at Mary Fitzgerald Square. I compose myself, shaking off the afternoon’s beers, as I approach the Villa Acardia mansion for an evening of intellectual stimulation, staring down the FOMO. Apparently there’s going to be carnival rides at that Converse thing... ‘A multi-layered, knowledge sharing platform conceived to identify, showcase, network and expose Africa’s thought leaders. It profiles the ideas, visions and manifestations of the extraordinary people living on this continent.' It’s the description printed on the back of a card received upon entering the Villa. There’ll be four sessions, according to the card, each with an accompanying table number. I’d hoped for some choice in my ‘heads’. Perhaps they’ll be like the TED talks ... read more