Making Do launches at Maker Faire Africa 2010

September 3rd, 2010

Making Do, a new book by Steve Daniels, highlights the power of the Jua Kali (hot sun) industries in Kenya. Here’s an excerpt, from The Atlantic.

The book debuted at Maker Faire Africa 2010 in Nairobi, a festival of informal know-how curated by my esteemed friend and colleague and all-around good guy Emeka Okafor.

This weekend in Nairobi, Kenya, technologists and hackers from around the continent will gather for the second annual Maker Faire Africa. Modeled on the event series launched in the San Francisco Bay area by MAKE Magazine, the Kenyan variation will be drawing on a deep tradition of local African innovation.

Steve Daniels, a remarkable 21-year old designer and IBM researcher, has sought out and documented the local tech scene. He’s launching a book at the event called Making Do: Innovation in Kenya’s Informal Economy, about the country’s artisans, known as jua kali. Here, Daniels provides selections from his book, which is available free as an ebook.


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