The Maker in Residency (MiR) supports the exchange between makers from Africa and makerspaces in Europe. In collaboration with GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation, GIG and Vulca and through the mAkE project – the Residency aims to forge increased linkages between African and European networks by connecting the global North and global South to scale solutions co-created between the two continents using digital fabrication and other making techniques.
Residency will take place in April/May 2024, and will last for four weeks. African makers can apply with a detailed description of their project/prototype, skills they have, and skills they are searching for in a hosting space. European makerspaces will apply based on projects they can support with their skills and knowledge. Ideally, hosting spaces already have some experience in hosting, but more importantly, they can dedicate a person, or group in their local community to support hosted maker(s).
CRITERIA FOR FINDING A MATCH
– Feasibility of hosting a maker for 4 weeks (experts, machinery, infrastructure etc.)
– Previous experience in hosting is a plus
– Speaking English or any other foreign language
WHAT WE PROVIDE
– Personalized matchmaking
– Hosting fee of up to 1300€ for makerspaces (incl. consumables such as material costs)
– Visa, travel and accommodation costs for makers are covered
– New business opportunities & new partnerships
After collecting project ideas, we will start matchmaking makers and spaces that apply based on compatibility in skills, languages spoken, availability of machines… etc, and organize online meetings between pre-selected makers and spaces.
The final decision of which makers/projects and spaces are chosen will be based on their compatibility.
For more information, you can contact Fabienne [email protected], and/or Kirstin Wiedow [email protected]
GIG has spent the last 10 years connecting makers, innovators and different stakeholders from across the world with a vision to drive change using existing local knowledge and resources. This maker residency program is another step towards a more connected ecosystem that believes in the powering of technologies and open sharing to create more sustainable futures.
Since 2015 VULCA
‘s team has been touring in Europe to visit and establish personal connections with more than 400 makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, .. and getting to know makers’ movement with a bottom-up approach. Knowing makers’ communities personally makes Vulca great in matchmaking. See the map of visited spaces: https://vulca.eu/visited-spaces
GreenTec Capital Group
brings entrepreneurship and investor perspective to the program. It uses a two-pronged approach actively supporting the startup ecosystem and, in parallel, actively engaging the global investor networks. Our work involves collaborating with institutions and other key players within African entrepreneurship ecosystems and supporting them to achieve desired results and impacts: https://www.greentec-capital.com/