The Maker Movement’s success since its 2014 launch has led to a number of new partnerships. Key amongst them is with the Philips foundation as it links the project to manufacturer who has the capacity to produce the equipment and make it available for local purchase.
In addition, the Maker Space has formed its own start-up which can produce the devices once they have received certification. Dr Richard Ayah is the Director of the Science and Technology Park within the University. He explains one of the key challenges they will face in terms of production.
One of the many positive outcomes of this project is that the spirit of innovation that it is fostering will continue long beyond its eventual conclusion.
“The happy thing is that the students and interns who have come through this are now very marketable. So, I don't want to say we're losing them, but the world is gaining them, because of the training that they have undergone here”, says Dr Ayah.
Former interns have already gone on to create their own companies as a direct result of everything they learned under this project. And it’s only just the beginning.
Dr Ayah points out that new opportunities are constantly arising as a result of Concern’s approach to innovating within the project.
“Innovation by its very nature, obviously we should expect to fail. But a lot of donors or companies would expect you to succeed and not to fail… this is something that Concern has really supported us on.”
Creating the space to fail, learn and start again is key to successful innovating. Providing a space where this can happen has already been very beneficial for this Maker Space.
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