Monday, June 16, 2008

BarCamp Nairobi '08

Barcamp Nairobi '08 is an unconference made up of of technical professionals, Internet enthusiasts, bloggers, designers and other clever people in the Nairobi area who wish to share and learn in an open environment.

See you there... ...I'm addressing the free food!

A Noble Initiative

WAZA is an up and fast becoming popular club in the School of Engineering at the University of Nairobi. Participants meet every week on Thursday and Saturday for interactive sessions that revolve around how innovation and technology can be used to provide modern and affordable solutions for our day to day challenges.

The participants who are mainly engineering students (though not limited to) the have taken up ambitious projects some of which will be on exhibition at the annual IEEE competition. Sessions involve a variety of interests like hardware and software programming, micro-controllers and the open-source movement.

A brainchild of Dr. Kamau Gachigi, it is providing a much needed avenue for young and aspiring innovators to share ideas and learn from each other in an informal setting, and in the long run realise their potential. Through his assistance, the University of Nairobi and consequently the WAZA Platform is expecting to acquire Fab Lab equipment which enables ordinary people to design and manufacture fairly complex creations cheaply. We hope that this will soon be a re-known business incubator for our future inventors country-wide. There are six other such facilities in South Africa and one in Ghana.

Sessions take place on Saturdays from 10am at the Mechanical Engineering computer lab and Thursdays from 4pm at Rm E001 Engineering Block. All are welcome.

Watch this space for the WAZA Website (Under Contstruction)