AEDIB|NET Final Summit

AEDIB|NET Final Summit

The AEDIB|NET Final Summit culminates three years of dedicated work to foster valuable partnerships between African and European innovation ecosystems. This event will provide an essential platform for stakeholders to reflect, learn, share project experiences and plan future activities of AEDIB 2.0, which was launched during the last EU-AU Summit and is part of the Africa-Europe Global Gateway Investment Package for Digital, Education and Research. To learn more about AEDIB|NET and this Summit, click this link: aedibnet.eu/event/aedibnet-final-summit/ ...
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GIG | MTM Meet the Member

GIG | MTM Meet the Member

Meet the Members is a come together where new members introduce themselves to the Network, and older members also get to introduce themselves and exchange knowledge and experiences. It is an opportunity that is open to all members in order to have the chance tell their latest updates, ask for support, laugh and exchange on so many levels - as if it was a hanging out on the banks of the Spree river in Berlin. Happening every last Wednesday of every month. Note: Links to this zoom meeting are shared timely before the event. ...
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Vulca Seminar 2023 | Learning Networks

Vulca Seminar 2023 | Learning Networks

About Vulca Seminar Vulca Seminars were created as a following step of Vulca Tours, enabling the makers’ community to interconnect with each other, deepening the sense of belonging to the community VULCA is developing. Through Seminars, we want to emphasise different makers’ communities in Europe. Each year, our seminar is organised in a different place and country in Europe, and topics are adapted based on key efforts of the welcoming community. Seminars are open to everyone who thinks the maker movement makes a positive impact and we want to encourage everyone (makers, hackers, researchers, …) to meet and discuss with each other. 6th EDITION (already) Previous editions of VULCA Seminar brought us to several European countries such as France, Poland or Portugal. In 2023 VULCA community will be reunited in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We visited Slovenia in 2017, meeting Kreator Lab in Maribor, and then Zavod 404, Poligon and Rog Lab in Ljubljana. Years after, we kept relations with some of them through different projects and events. 2023 is the right moment to organise something together, and the new CENTER...
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AfriLabs2023 | Accelerate Africa’s Digital Economy

AfriLabs2023 | Accelerate Africa’s Digital Economy

The AfriLabs Annual Gathering is a transformative event in Africa’s tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem, uniting visionaries, governments, startups, investors, policymakers, and world-class thought leaders to drive sustainable growth and innovation on the continent. The one of a kind global event, celebrates African ingenuity offering a world-class platform for collaboration and co-creation of solutions for the diverse socio-economic for challenges across the continent. Emphasizing inclusivity and creativity, the Gathering inspires and showcases multi-faceted innovations to generate a positive global impact. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and networking, participants nurture new ideas, partnerships and aspirations for sustainable interventions. This catalytic event propels Africa’s journey towards a prosperous future, empowering communities, creating jobs, and uplifting lives through the power of technology, collaboration, inter-government relationships, entrepreneurship and policy. Learn more about the event and AfriLabs here: https://afrilabsgathering.com/ ...
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Business Model Talk on Sustainability of Networks

Business Model Talk on Sustainability of Networks

This month's Business Models Talk will tackle the topic of the Sustainability of Networks. We have Felista Aku, Senior Partnership Manager at AfriLabs based in Nigeria, and Tom Hansing, Co-founder of the Network of Open Workshops in Germany. In this episode, we will discuss the challenges of maintaining the operations of a Network and showcasing different financial models through examples in Africa and Europe. We will touch on the value added by networks and examine ways digital communities can remain connected to survive.  Each month we host a community discussion focussed on a different aspect of how to make the maker ecosystem more financially sustainable. We invite you to join us and share your experiences, gain insights into how to grow your makerspace, and discuss different revenue streams and business models. ...
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Past, Present, Future: A Welcome Address by the Executive Board of the Global Innovation Gathering

Past, Present, Future: A Welcome Address by the Executive Board of the Global Innovation Gathering

The History of Global Innovation Gathering  Ten years ago, Global Innovation Gathering was driven by different points of inspiration, leading it to what it is today. Physical spaces designed to facilitate local innovation emerged as a prominent and rapidly growing trend. As such, these spaces served as points of inspiration, allowing innovative minds to collaborate and work together on technological advancements. However, the vast number of worldwide individuals who remained unaware of one another and lacked the means to connect was a significant challenge. Emphasizing a "strength in numbers" mentality, the vision was to unite these creatives and diverse communities to achieve more significant goals and overall collective impact. The solution involved bringing together these innovators and diverse spaces from different parts of the world to a central location like re:publica, a festival for the digital society and the largest conference of its kind in Berlin, Europe. re:publica provided a global stage and an international audience, enabling innovators from all around the...
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Watch the Stream! GIG 10th anniversary

Watch the Stream! GIG 10th anniversary

Check the online transmission! GIG supports the work of its 155 members in 47 countries. GIG facilitates global exchange between innovators and innovation spaces, and implements various projects. As the world becomes more complex and fast-paced, so do the challenges, threatening the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. Therefore, GIG enables cross-cultural connections and global knowledge exchanges, in order to support our members and their communities to develop solutions that best suit their local needs. We co-create and implement long-term projects that offer collaborative solutions to systemic problems in different localities.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgx5azRaagE ...
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Filling the gaps in Iraq

Filling the gaps in Iraq

We sat down to talk with Nawres Arif this past Thursday to discuss his maker program in Iraq. Nawres is a trained pharmacist but considers himself to be more than that. He is also an artist, designer, and robot maker. In around 2003, Nawres became a part of the global maker movement. His passion for making things and his hope to share his passion with others led him to found ScienceCamp in 2013. ScienceCamp became the first-ever maker space in Iraq. Nawres says that among many other goals, this maker space's main aim is to develop ways to “use science to make life better.”  Listen to the interview: Nawres told us that the traditional education model in Iraq does not allow students to explore their passions. Learning tends to be more theoretical than hands-on, “education needs to be more practical, interactive, and fun.” He found a solution to this problem in the maker movement. He tells us that the maker movement mixes...
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GIG 10th Anniversary Weekend

GIG 10th Anniversary Weekend

Ten years ago, innovators and hub managers from across the world convened at re:publica for the first time at the Global Innovation Lounge. That became the first stepping stone in a story of global collaboration. Ten years later, GIG is an international NGO that has created a new, democratic and value based approach for international cooperation and technology creation.  Today, GIG supports the work of its 155 members in 47 countries. GIG facilitates global exchange between innovators and innovation spaces, and implements various projects. As the world becomes more complex and fast-paced, so do the challenges, threatening the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. Therefore, GIG enables cross-cultural connections and global knowledge exchanges, in order to support our members and their communities to develop solutions that best suit their local needs. We co-create and implement long-term projects that offer collaborative solutions to systemic problems in different localities.  For our 10th Global Innovation Gathering, we will bring together more than 70 global members from...
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The Makerspace:  A Global Miniature of Innovation

The Makerspace: A Global Miniature of Innovation

Can technology promise to heal and reconstruct what previous technological revolutions have destroyed? Current technological advancements are no longer powered by steam, but what are they powered by?Amidst the wake of an AI revolution, how do we examine the medium before the message and avoid another retrospective into the impact of technologies on society? In the makerspace at re:publica, The Digital Doughnut Modelworkshopwill explore how technology sectors and the technologies we use can get us to thrive and not only to survive as humans without overcrossing the boundaries of the Planet.  What do people in Iraq -arguably one of the hottest spots on earth-, do to mitigate climate change? The innovation for climate change sessionwill show us how they make water from thin air and utilize the blazing heat from the sun to help their society. As we pose all these questions, we can not but wonder, were the answers there all along in indigenous knowledge and traditional knowledge structures? Incorporating Indigenous...
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