Maker Movement for Global Development

Maker Community Building

Thursday, September 18, 4:10 pm to 4:50 pm in Viscusi Gallery

The Maker Movement is transforming the way people around the world design and produce things. There is a long history of making in Africa, where informal industry thrives across the continent, and now the Maker Movement and community maker spaces are springing up around the world to provide public access to tools and technologies like 3D printers, laser cutters, and low-cost modular electronics, which dramatically expand what Makers are able to create and make Making more accessible to new audiences.  Digital manufacturing in particular lowers the barrier to entrepreneurship around the world, including in developing regions like Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kate Gage of USAID and Anna Waldman-Brown of the FabLab network will lead an introduction and panel discussion with Global Development makers, including Sename Koffi Abdojinou, founder of WOE Labs, Mercy Chepkoech Sigeyand the BioLite Camp Stove team.


Anna Waldman-Brown

Anna Waldman-Brown works with the Fab Lab network and Autodesk to promote creativity and sustainable development worldwide. She is a Fulbright fellow, and is building a shipping container house in California inspired by her research on Ghanaian grassroots manufacturing. 


Kate Gage

Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab at the USAID
Kate Gage is the Advisor to the Executive Director in the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She leads much of the Agency's engagement with the maker movement and access to early stage manufacturing tools in the developing world. Previously she led work on Open Data and the launch of many of USAID's initiatives on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Before joining the Obama Administration, she worked on the 2008 Barack Obama Campaign and graduated from Dartmouth College. She is originally from Berkeley, California. 


Mercy Chepkoech Sigey

Mercy is a freshman at Strathmore University. She is passionate about wildlife and she loves traveling. She is also very interested in the IT sector and enjoys working with electronics. When she was in high school, she started making a motion sensor because she saw the need to fight against poaching in Kenya. Her current prototype consists of a PIR module and an Arduino microcontroller which senses movement with a range of nine meters and sends the information to a computer through a cable. She is open to new things and always look forward to connecting with people all over the world.


Monte MacDiarmid



Sénamé Koffi Abdojinou

Architect, Anthropologist, Founder WOE Labs
In 2012 Sénamé Koffi Abdojinou founded WoeLabin in Togo, a co-working space for “the democracy of technology”, aiming to give access to tools such as computers and materials to youth, helping them to be realise innovative ideas.  The lab has grown from six to 15 members in one year of its launch. It is Togo's first fablab.