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Design @ HAX

In hardware: HAX is the the world’s first and most active hardware accelerator program, in the 'Silicon Valley for hardware'. HAX-Intro from HAX on Vimeo.

Lady Mechanics

Still going strong Sandra Aguebor's, Lady Mechanic initiative which paved the path for others: Sandra Aguebor is Nigeria's first lady mechanic. Growing up in a polygamous family in Benin City, her mother actively discouraged her from following her dreams, sometimes beating her when she would be out tinkering with an engine instead of doing her chores in the kitchen...[more]

I Am Fundi

From Fundi Bots: I Am Fundi from Actuality Media on Vimeo."I Am Fundi" is a short documentary depicting the education system in Uganda and the measures that the organization, Fundibots, is taking to create change. Victor, a Fundi teacher...Show More Summary

Scientists-in-Residence at Lab_13

Blogging Ghana reports:...for the past six months, Ghanaian and British Scientists-in-Residence collaborated to facilitate bespoke sessions for pupils from several schools in the area. Some of the activities undertaken included science lessons, experiments, electronic hacks, and a global boat-making competition. Show More Summary

Making Life

From FAB 11: Wed-Conversations: Making Life from Fab 11 on Vimeo.

Urban Farming

From the African Slum Journal: Urban farming brings food, money and life in Kibera. With a fast rising population in Nairobi, the demand for more and better food is growing tremendously. Still, many people from rural areas come to the city because they don’t want to farm. Show More Summary

Soya Couture

From XXLab: Soya Couture from HONFablab on Vimeo.Soya Couture is a project initiated by XXLab. XXLab is a female initiative on open source and free technology, based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They are a group of interdisciplinary background...Show More Summary

Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

Yes, it’s international press day here on my old, creaky blog. Friends at Süddeutsch Zeitung asked whether I could turn my Re:publica Keynote on mistrust and civics into a newspaper op-ed. Here’s what I came up with, which ran in … Continue reading ?

Listening Machines, and the whether, when and how of new technologies

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I’m intrigued by, but know nothing about. (A second pleasure is writing about these events.) So when my friend Kate Crawford invited me to a daylong “Listening Machine Summit” this past Friday, I could hardly refuse. What’s a listening machine? The example of […]

Ojoba Women’s Collective

In Ghana: Ojoba Collective - Empowering Women with Ethical Trade from Inder Nirwan on Vimeo.Ojoba Collective is a fair trade company based in Portland, Oregon. Started in 2003, we work directly with women’s cooperatives in rural Ghana,...Show More Summary

Beyond The Building

From MASS Design group: Beyond The Building from MASS Design Group on Vimeo.

Makers Building Things

From Goods Home Design, How to Build Your Own Pizza Oven: Building your own pizza oven might seem like a great challenge at first, but when you see how a DIY project like this is completed, you will be eager to try it in your own yard. Show More Summary

Al-Murabitun and the Islamic State

Yesterday, Mauritania’s Al Akhbar reported (French, and a slightly different version in Arabic) that al-Murabitun, a Sahelian jihadist group that takes its name from an eleventh-century Northwest African dynasty, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The audio statement (Arabic) was a … Continue reading ?

Oby Ezekwesili, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Corruption in Nigeria

Earlier this week, Al Jazeera interviewed Oby Ezekwesili, a well-known Nigerian governance expert who has worn many hats: co-founder of Transparency International, cabinet minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo (for Solid Minerals and then Education, 2005-2007), World Bank Vice President … Continue reading ?

Buhari’s Potential Balancing Acts on Corruption

Nigeria’s President-elect Muhammadu Buhari won a decisive victory in large part because voters expect that he will reduce government corruption. The political survival of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), could depend on the new government’s ability to show progress against corruption and … Continue reading ?

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