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25 марта, 13:00

India's grassroots Innovation awards

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From SciDev:India's presidential palace was the site of an unusual gathering this week, celebrating the democratic inclusion of people with no or little training in the country’s innovation system...[more]

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24 марта, 21:47

How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

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Erico Guizzo writing in IEEE Spectrum: image viaThe latest issue of the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine features a special report on open-source robotics hardware and its impact in the field. We’ve seen how, over the last several years, open source software—platforms like the Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and OpenCV, among others—has played a huge role in helping researchers and companies build robots better and faster. Can the same thing happen with robot hardware?More here

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24 марта, 13:00

Phileol-HVC : Biopesticide Company

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In Benin via SciDev: Phileol-HVC is marketing a mixture of neem oil and essential oils branded BioPhyto. Designed for spraying horticultural crops, it costs a fraction of the price of synthetic pesticide, yet still provides the desired pest control and environmental benefits...[more]

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23 марта, 13:00

Rwanda Craft Brewery

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Takepart reports on the work of Josephine Uwineza founder of Rwanda Craft Brewery:

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23 марта, 06:01

A Collection of African-Made Low-Tech Cooling Units

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Abdi Latif Dahir writing for Quartz:

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23 марта, 05:53

Makers, open your kits!

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Over at the Makery Carine Claude writes: For coding, prototyping or just having fun, makers are always outdoing each with clever ways to fit digital fabrication into a box. Part 1 of our selection of kits, cases and other DIY boxes...[more]

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22 марта, 17:03

Lifepatch, the Indonesian lab that rejects the maker label

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Cherise Fong writing in the Makery:Lifepatch is showing a modest retrospective in the prestigious ICC art and new media center in Tokyo—an opportunity to take a closer look at the discreet but passionate way of “making” of this Indonesian community.More here

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21 марта, 13:00

From Nigeria Skarabrand factory, where local furniture manufacturing meets eCommerce

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Muyiwa Matuluko writing in Techpoint: image via TechpointRaymond Umeh is the founder and CEO of Skarabrand, an Abuja-based online furniture store. Two unique things standout immediately when you engage Skarabrand. The first is the founder; Raymond Umeh has over 12 years domain experience which he gained from running the family furniture business in Lagos. The second is the business approach. Unlike most online furniture stores, that serve primarily as aggregators or marketplaces for furniture makers, Skarabrand takes a more holistic approach, as the company handles 100% of the entire process; from concept to design, through manufacturing and delivery.More here

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20 марта, 15:53

#Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

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Yinka Adegoke writing in Quartz: Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. (Courtesy Iké Udé)There’s a buzz in Nollywood right now.Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million). And in 2016 Nollywood’s combined box office topped 3.5 billion naira ( $11.5 million) with 30% of ticket sales generated by local movies. To a Hollywood watcher those numbers will seem tiny, but for a burgeoning movie business growing out of years of rampant disc piracy and a battered economy, this was a breakthrough...[more]

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20 марта, 13:00

In Europe, skilled craftsmanship is luxury. Why not in the rest of the world, too?

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Rebecca van Bergen founder Nest of  writes:image viaFrom the famed haute couture of Paris to the treasured ateliers of Italy, craftsmanship in Europe is a deeply embedded cultural point of pride. What’s more, these traditions – leatherwork, embroidery, shoe-making, hat-making, sewing, glassblowing and the like – are largely revered by consumers as telltale signs of luxury...[more]

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20 марта, 13:00

Arijiju | Safari Lodge

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Peter Browne reporting for Conde Nast Traveller:The vision of one determined character, Arijiju is quite unlike any other safari lodge. It's also a secret weapon in the battle to save rhinos from extinction. We go to Kenya for a first look...[more]