Field reports from all over the GIG global network
GIG at re:publica 2016
In their fourth year at this massive technology conference, GIG members share their insights and knowledge on stage once again.
Innovation in Refugee Camps
Refugee camps are often viewed as temporary refuges for people fleeing war and violence. However, due to conflicts and refugee situations becoming ever more protracted, refugee camps also become permanent or semi-permanent homes and have developed into towns and cities of their own in many cases. This session, convened by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will look at the economics of refugee camps and highlight examples of innovation in the most unlikely settings.
In Search of Makers – mapping the most creative community spaces
Today, the Maker Movement encompasses 3000+ creative community spaces across 80+ countries-- places such as hackerspaces, fab labs, makerspaces, and tech hubs where anyone can have access to modern technology. Join us in our road trip to explore the world of innovation spaces and discover their impact on society.
Top 5 things wrong with policy frameworks for innovation and entrepreneurship
400% import taxes on hardware, no legal base for co-working, criminalized use of technologies - policies can have a very direct impact on technology entrepreneurs and innovators. The panel will compare and contrast numerous policies from different countries affecting innovation ecosystems and evaluate successful and less successful policies from a grassroots perspective.
Hardware for the Masses
Maker technologies can play a powerful role in enabling economic development and the spread of a different concept of empowerment through technology - in particular when it comes to creating Open Source alternatives to corporate driven Internet of Things solutions. How can stutainable technology be made widely accessible?
Hacking Humanitarian Aid
Sam Bloch Communitere
Disaster relief and the aid industry must innovate dramatically to keep pace with technology, human needs and the speed and internationalization of commerce. Because innovation must come from all players, grassroots organizations can influence the process by bringing their “bottom up” brand of innovation to the problem. By building dynamic, collaborative, on-the-ground spaces in places where the population is in greatest need, a space is created where big aid can serve local needs more effectively than ever before.
A Circular Approach to Making
Gabriela Agustini Olabi, Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Anna Lowe
From Brazilian Gambiarra to African DIY and repair culture in Europa, makers are exploring more sustainable production methods around the world. This new mindset can contribute significantly to the drive towards a more circular economy and also to validate a creative work done in the peripheries of the world.
3D Printing Prostheses for Champions and Survivors
What do Olympic Athlete Denise Schindler and Berlin based Syrian innovator Asem Hasna have in common? They are using 3D printing and technologies such as brain-computer interface and VR to improve their own prostheses as well as the lives of others. DIY electronics are promising a means to make customized, advanced technology available to the masses.
The Good, the Bad and the Zero
Explore different examples of zero-rated services across the world, looking into potential products of public interest as well as so-called walled gardens. Featuring speakers from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Chile and the EU, we will compare different regulations and patterns of investment trying to depict and identify strategies of how to increase access without undermining the free and open nature of the Internet which must be governed by human rights.
GIG members in action at re:publica
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Gabriela Agustini www.olabi.co
Roy Ombatti AB3D
Jay Fayardo launchgarage.com
Natalie Miller johannesburg.impacthub.net
Njeri Chelimo thedevschool.org
Aphrodice Mutangana foyo.rw
Geraldine de Bastion re-publica.de
Jona Repishti d-lab.mit.edu/people/Jona_Rep...
Gesche Joost drlab.org
Juliet Wanyiri foondi.strikingly.com
Anna Waldman-Brown anansegroup.com
Samer Shawar vecbox.com
Denise Karunungan labs.webfoundation.org
Martín Restrepo appiar.io
Muhammad Radwan icecairo.com
Alfredo Brillembourg u-tt.arch.ethz.ch
Markos Lemma iceaddis.com
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Markos Lemma iceaddis.com
Bilal Ghalib gemsi.org
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Where and how it all started! A recap of the first Global Innovation Gathering during re:publica 13
A - Alternate Tech Spaces | I - Incubator Spaces | F - Fablabs | M/H - Makerspaces / Hackerspaces | D - Distributed Spaces | T - Tech hubs