The Francophone Network of FabLabs of West Africa (ReFFAO) brought together technology enthusiasts during the fourth edition of ”MakeAfrica” which was held in Abidjan, around the theme, “pedagogical commons”.
”MakeAfrica” is a science fair, a popular fair and a reference event for innovation whose objective is to open a space for inclusive dialogue and encourage collaborations as well as to bring out collaborative projects. concrete, resilient and multi-actor according to its president of the organizing committee”, Dodji Honou, also president of ReFFAO.
Initiated by ”BloLab”, Benin’s first ”FabLab”, and co-organized with ReFFAO, this event is a concept that brings together demonstration stands, discovery workshops, presentations and conferences around the themes of creativity. , manufacturing, cultures, reports an information note sent to the AIP.
With a dense and collected program over a period of five days precisely from November 1 to 5, 2022, ”MakeAfrica” focused on the valuation of the cooperation projects on which the ”FabLabs” have worked on the last three years, especially with regard to the resilience that has characterized them. In total, more than 200 participants from here and elsewhere took part in this activity.
During MakeAfrica2022, ReFFAO carried out a mid-term evaluation of its actions. This event made it possible to strengthen the community of markers and to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge, indicated its deputy secretary general, Daouda Diagne.
The Ivorian factory of innovation for all, ”Yop CreaLab” also contributed to the success of this event with its active participation. This ”FabLab” is a multidisciplinary and multi-actor third-place project, born of an initiative carried out by Ivorian and French civil society, in close collaboration with the town hall of Yopougon.
The ”FabLab” are digital manufacturing workshops open to everyone, linked within the international network of ”FabLabs”, which allow to prototype, create or produce (almost) anything and everything, in respect for people and the environment.