bloc // August 16, 2009

DIY Kenya ⁄⁄

bloc has commissioned product designer Peter Hathaway ( to instigate a participatory design project with the students of the Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center ( Peter will be collaborating with the students at the Kwale Center whilst developing an innovative project during a three week period prior to attending Maker Faire Africa (

Follow the project`s progress at


Additionally bloc will enable Stefhan Caddick, bloc’s Online Coordinator and Paul Granjon one of bloc’s Board Members to travel to Maker Faire Africa and together they will share a stall with Peter Hathaway.

Stefhan will lead workshops about developing a web presence using free, open source tools. The workshop will focus on developing low bandwidth sites appropriate for use in Africa or over a mobile network.

Paul Granjon is planning to run a demo and workshop of a crank-rechargeable audio amplifier and microphone system, and to develop an improvised on-site Arduino-controlled device.

Carolina Vasquez is DIY Kenya’s Project Manager. Liaising with Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center, Butterflyworks, Wales Arts International, and British Council Wales, whilst raising the funds to deliver the project.

Last year, bloc’s founder, Emma Posey attended Maker Faire Africa in Ghana where she meet Alfred Sirleaf and Henry Barnor, amongst many others. Inspired by the event in Ghana, bloc held a festival of Creative Technology with the first Micro Maker Faire Wales at Chapter.

Project Partners include Maker Faire Africa, Kwale Homeopathic College and Health Center and Butterflyworks.


Wales Arts International, British Council Wales

Funding for the DIY Kenya commission has been made possible with the support of Wales Arts International, British Council Wales, and Welsh Assembly Government.

Area: all wales