Member Type GIG Member
Bezawork Tilahun Mindaye
Organisation or initiative
|Where is it located?||
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
The BiT Makerspace at Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (BiT), Bahir Dar University aims to create an innovative environment for BiT students and staff as well as the wider community. The makerspace has been organized with state-of-the-art digital manufacturing technology such as 3D printers, a CNC router, and CNC Laser Cutting machines, as also classic workshop tools, digital electronics tools, and a computer lab.
Increasingly acknowledged as one of the best digital fabrication centers in Ethiopia, BiT Makerspace has excellent staff and well-organized and maintained facilities, resources, and state-of-the-art digital equipment. Established to create an innovative environment for BiT students, it functions as a hub for technology-based startups. The Makerspace, which is housed within the BiT Business Incubation and Techno-Entrepreneurship Centre, provides training on Human-Centered Design, Techno-Entrepreneurial Skills, prototyping skills; Basic Electronics, and Digital Manufacturing technology.
|About the project||
The Agro-Business Ideas Competition project run by the GiZ STEP program was the first initiative that allowed us to recognise our potential. Two commercial ventures (Agelgil Eco-Packaging, Ray Cosmetics and Akuri Glue) with the themes of agro-processing and environmental protection emerged as icons. The businesses, as a result, went on to win numerous national and international contests. Those two initiatives completely changed our facility from the pre-incubation stage to the prototyping and commercialisation stage.
|Photo of the space||
|Why are you GIG?||
We'd like to join GiGs so that we can acquire more successes and share our experiences with a larger community of people. In addition, the Makerspace strategic planning to standardize services and expand its staffing capacity. We are hoping to gain from GiG's relationships in terms of networking. For instance, to increase the participation of women and Ethiopian youth in makerspace activities.