Maker/hack space

Cape Town - Submitted by makerlibrary on Apr 27 2014

Imagine taking an informal city 1.2 million people and projecting them from poverty into the 21st century by doing 3 essential things.

1. Free Wifi
2. Access to maker/hack space by foot.
3. Mentoring and small enterprise development.

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Support( 1 )
How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
Jun 4 2014
3:40 AM
Build a maker space that has library resources, a work space with all the required equipment to bring these communities into the 21st century. Laser cutters, 3D printers, Arduino all the tools to design/make/display and sell anything. These spaces need to be accessible to the poor so creating safe nodes in all areas within a 5 kilometer range from their homes. This will begin to make the city walkable, sitable and rideable.
Stakeholders( 2 )
Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
Jun 4 2014
3:19 AM
Designers who understand the complexity of informal cities and the needs of the community.
Jun 9 2014
4:00 PM
Technology experts to ensure that the security/availability/integrity of the digital infrastructure was not used as a means of social control by incumbent political and commercial actors. The need to ensure the rights/claims/freedoms of sovereign individuals will be essential.
Logistics( 3 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Jun 4 2014
3:29 AM
A young hip telecoms company that understands the philosophy of the community as expert. That will empower the local community to take responsibility for sustaining a WiFi network. This will be free to the poor and working class user and local stakeholders will be brought into the income stream via training and enterprise development. The priority would be to network existing stakeholders who are operating alone forming collaborative partnerships and prioritizing small businesses and social enterprises.
Jun 9 2014
4:00 PM
An analytics company that could provide "big data" outcomes and analysis for individuals. How could access to algorithms be democratized and made affordable. Free access to the wifi network is necessary but not sufficient. Absent access to how to leverage the data being generated to create new efficiencies, innovate and provide individuals with new forms of communication, it will most likely become a platform for commercial/governmental social control/surveillance.
Jun 16 2014
11:19 AM
we would also need community facilitators to help people in the informal city master the skills and also connect them to policy makers/public services
Roadblocks( 2 )
What could get in the way of this future?
Jun 4 2014
3:33 AM
The complex relationships in informal settlements. These communities are often fractured highly politicized and hence require very careful negotiation and stakeholder mediation. This can be done by local community members in high standing and with massive street cred.
Jun 9 2014
4:00 PM
Regulatory interference and fear of political disruption. Government surveillance. Lack of sustainable economics. Insufficient skill sets. Inflexible identity infrastructure.