3D printed solar clock

3D printed solar clock

Samer Shawar is one of the founders of Vecbox, the hackerspace and knowledge hub in Ramallah, Palestine with a focus on civic tech and digital rights. I had the chance to 3D print a solar clock that i always admired and liked to make it in my childhood by using just a stick and small stones. But this 3D printed version is totally different and impressive by using the sunlight beams to pass between the model gaps – it shows the clock in digital numbers. This is an open source model that i found on Thingiverse, it works from 10:00am until 4:50pm. The purpose for me to print it was to explain to kids how in old times people got to know the time and also to trigger their imagination when they see how ancient tools and concepts can be adapted. For example, an outside sensor added to the clock could track the sun's position on the sky, and that will make changes on the...
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Think 20 Summit GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

At a Glance The Think 20 Summit 2017 – GLOBAL SOLUTIONS will provide 20 Global Solutions for the G20. is mandated by the German G20 Presidency. focuses on G20 topics, such as the digital economy, climate policy and finance, or migration and refugees and convey recommendations and visions by the newly established T20 Task Forces to international policy-makers. is research-based, independent, focusing on facts, knowledge and hands-on experience. State-of-the-art research underpins all the sessions. draws on the excellent intellectual network of the Global Economic Symposium (GES). will be chaired by Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), who co-chair the T20 think tank engagement group for the German G20 presidency. is organized by the Kiel Institute in cooperation with the DIE, the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT Berlin) and the conference department of Tagesspiegel Publishing (part of D.v. Holtzbrinck Media as “Die Zeit”, “Handelsblatt”, and „Wirtschaftswoche“). After...
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GIG@re:publica 2017

At re:publica 2017, GIG will come together for its fifth annual gathering. Its members will take over the #rp17 stages on numerous occasions during the three re:publica days. GIG will again host the Makerspace where curious participants can tinker and solder in various workshops. ...
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Towards an IoT from the Masses

Towards an IoT from the Masses

re:publica is Europe’s largest and most inspiring conference on internet and digital society. It attracts to Berlin over 7000 participants to discuss, in a 500 hours program with more than 850 speakers, themes and topics concerning our interconnected society and creates a space for bloggers, politicians, scientists, business people, artists and activists to come together. The founders of re:publica GmbH, newthinking communications and Spreeblick Verlag have been involved in internet policy and digital culture and society for over a decade. They are also the founders of two of Germany’s most well-known blogs: netzpolitik.org and spreeblick.com. This large background on digital policies cleary drove the main themes of the 10th anniversary festival edition – called TEN (or NET), on the first week of May, 2016. One could get a full perspective on world´s worst policies for digital (software and hardware) innovation or enjoy a pleasure talk about the ethics around digital design; a lecture about the economy loss of new migrations...
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Science is a type of energy

Science is a type of energy

There’s something magical happening here in Berlin. Every year the Global Innovation Gathering brings people from all across the world who create empowering community spaces together, and this year we have our friends from Basra, Palestine, and Egypt as a part of our crew. The Global Entrepreneurship and Maker Space Initiative [GEMSI], has been supporting the development of collaborative community spaces across MENA and I took the opportunity to be with our crew in person to discuss some of our history and some of our dreams for the future. (more…)...
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GIG 2016 at re:publicaTEN

GIG 2016 at re:publicaTEN

70 innovators, makers and hackers from 25 countries DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE GIG Makerspace and GIG Stage focus on global Maker Movement and innovation ecosystems DIY workshops and talks on grassroots innovation, circular economy and industrial (r)evolution   Berlin, 27 April 2016 - Just a few days left until Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) returns to re:publica for its 4th iteration. This year, we are celebrating re:publica’s 10th anniversary (#rpTEN: 2 - 4 May 2016) and we’re inviting over 60 GIG members from 25 countries. These innovators, makers and hackers from across the world will present tech innovation and maker projects from Asia, Latin America and Africa. The GIG network brings new perspectives from across the world to Europe’s leading conference on the Internet and society, re:publica. With three days of workshops at the pop-up GIG Makerspace and a full day of stage programme, GIG is one of the largest and diverse tracks of this year’s re:publica. The full #GIG16 @ #rpTEN programme can be...
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Discover the world of makers

Discover the world of makers

The GIG Makerspace is back! If you were at either re:publica ‘14 or ‘15 you will no-doubt remember the awesome 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering, wiring, moulding and building going on in the GIG Makerspace. This year we’re back with a fabulous third iteration sponsored by Autodesk and equipped by Fab Lab Berlin, and are happy to be able to join in the celebration of re:publica’s 10th anniversary. In past years, the GIG Makerspace featured some of the most innovative projects and people from the global maker culture: home made laser cutters, 3D printers made from e-waste, self-made solar-powered phone chargers, LED graffiti and singing vegetables. This year promises to be even better! (more…)...
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Making it in Lahore

Making it in Lahore

Notes on building a Maker Space in Pakistan Originally posted on Max's tumblr blog. […] IDDS came and went. There were about 30 old friends and 30 new ones and generally a month full of happiness. Several people have written about it, and I recommend checking out their posts. I have written down some of my thoughts too, but never published, so maybe I will do so in the next few days. Here you find Hermes' thoughts, here Simon's, here Shehzil's and here Catherine's. I have become very very comfortable in Lahore, I guess for several reasons. Without a car or motorbike but with a good dose of fear for Pakistani traffic I was not very mobile in the beginning. That changed when I figured out how to use Rikshas, so I can roam all over town and beyond now. IDDS also changed things quite a lot for me. The organising team came over a week before the event started and exploring the...
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GIG is the global network of social and technological innovators. WHO? Global Innovation Gathering (GIG) is a vibrant, diverse community of innovation hubs, makerspaces, hackerspaces and other grassroot innovation community spaces and initiatives as well as individual innovators, makers, technologists and changemakers. WHY? GIG is pursuing a new vision for global cooperation based on equality, openness and sharing. We aim to enable more diversity in the production of technology, and global innovation processes and support open and sustainable solutions developed by grassroot innovators. WHEN + WHAT? The GIG network has been growing steadily since its founding at re:publica 2013 and was registered as a nonprofit association in Berlin in 2016. HOW? With strong roots in the global south, we share, collaborate and work together globally. GIG provides a platform for meaningful exchange by fostering knowledge exchange and collaboration between its members. Members convene at different events throughout the year to create synergies among themselves as well as with other event attendees. In addition, the network maintains continuous exchange...
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Musings of a Maker

Musings of a Maker

Originally published as a two-part post on the iHub blog. The maker movement is a trend in which individuals or groups of individuals create and market products that are recreated and assembled using unused, discarded or broken electronic, plastic, silicon or virtually any raw material and/or product from a computer-related device. That up there is the definition of the maker movement/culture as laid out by techopedia. I read it, reloaded the page and read it again, trying to pick out what the words really spoke to. Even with my engineering background, I've always found the maker movement to be a rather vague concept; a sort of 18th century romanticismmeets 21st century technologistideology. Going by the technopedia definition above, it's easy to envision what a maker movement might look like, especially if you live in a country like Kenya where the informal sector accounts for a large proportion of its economic activity. If you actually do live in Kenya, then it's easy enough...
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