As we celebrate 'Making' at MITxMake 2018, we also celebrate the fact that there is not only one but many maker cultures. Learn from our speakers about the different sets of challenges and resources, practices and strategies in the different local contexts of making around the world.
Anandana Kapur is an award-winning filmmaker and co-founder of Cinemad, India. She has received the national awards Bharat Nirman and Karamveer Puraskar for contribution to social change through her cinema and scholarship. Anandana is currently a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the MIT Open Doc Lab.
At MITxMake 2018, she will be showing show an excerpt from her film and speak about the politics and potential of 'jugaad' - which does not translate easily to English but has connotations of 'frugal, flexible innovation with limited resources' and 'hacking.'
Professor Ron Eglash works at the intersection of culture, technology, and science, researching tools that tap into culture to teach math and science as well as the appropriation of science and technology by under-served groups.
At MITxMake 2018, he will be speaking on generative justice in international maker networks with two case studies: the Open Source Condom Vending Machine in west Africa and the ewaste2makerspace in Ecuador.
Eva Gyawali is an educator and makerspace coordinator at Karkhana.
Karkhana is a leader in frugal innovation in education, providing STEAM education to students age 14 and upwards. Through a social entrepreneurial model, Karkhana is responsive to local problems and needs. Of particular note is their role in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal in 2015. In collaboration with the Rato Bangala Foundation, they sprang into action and ultimately trained 6412 teachers in Kathmandu, Lalipur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Nuwakot, and Dhading, reaching more than 200,600 students. A legacy of that is the BeeCreative co-curricular program, whereby Karkhana supports local teachers in developing lesson plans and train them in pedagogy. Their other major program would be Karkhana Innovators Club, an after-school program engaging children in project based learning.
Juliet Wanyiri is an MIT IDM student and co-founder of Foondi Workshops, a product design and technology company that aims to build the local design and engineering skill-set through collaborative design workshops across Africa. These workshops have led to multiple products, including off-grid solutions such as a bicycle-powered blender, solar charging solutions and mobile phone charges that run off motorcycle taxis.