It was such a nerve racking day, but I got through it! We all got through it. I am so proud of myself and my classmates! We all dug deeper and came up with some amazing presentations.
Here is the video:
Here is the final presentation:
Here is a link to the final thesis presentation: http://thesis.africamaker.com/adekemi-sijuwade-ukadike-thesis-2019.pdf
And the text to accompany the slides:
Hi my name is Adekemi Sijuwade, I am a creative technologist, with a background in Journalism, mostly as a website editor and producer. Today I am presenting my Thesis, titled, Africa Maker
Africa Maker is a magazine style website for and about African inventors and creative technologists in Africa and the Diaspora.
It is a narrative-driven platform that seeks to showcase emerging African and African Diaspora technologists.
Africa maker will also share this content on social media
In addition, this platform will embrace telling the narrative of African makers in many formats such as with podcasts, 360 video, virtual reality, augmented reality
Africa Maker will also curate Africa-related technology articles, tutorials, resources and event-listings on the AfricaMaker.com website.
Africans throughout the continent are creating innovative technological solutions that are specific to living in the unique African environment
In addition, Africans in the Diaspora feel that the narrative of the technology they are creating is not well represented in the media, in data sets and in artificial intelligence algorithms.
For example: From US based Mimi Onuoha, whom I interviewed, said in her recent installation: Missing Datasets. From her description: “Black folks are both over-collected and under-represented in American datasets, featuring strongly as objects of collection but rarely as subjects with agency over collection, ownership, and power.”
--Interested in African events
--Interested in innovation, especially in Africa
--Possibly identifies as a creative professional
--Interested in sharing ideas
Here we have a user story: Omoge, a young African woman frustrated with housework , decides to create an electronic sweeper made from the same fibers as the traditional yoruba broom. She sees visits Africamaker.com, sees tutorials, and decides to make a low-energy, solar-powered sweeper that uses recycled servo motors. She writes a user-manual for her device and submits it to the Africa Maker website.
There is something stirring up on the continent. Innovation and technology in Africa is gaining traction and investment power, contributing to this space being one of the fastest growing sectors in Africa. According to a press release by the United Kingdom, the continent’s startups raised 50 percent more venture capital in 2017 than in 2016, the majority of this is being invested in South Africa (£130 million), Kenya (£114 million) and Nigeria (£89 million.)
The graphic here describes the concentration and funding to, Tech Hubs; spaces that provide support by way of internet access, electricity and administrative systems to the immediate local innovator community. These type spaces include incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, fab labs, makerspaces, hackerspaces and other innovation spaces. The regions leading the way for these spaces are Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in North Africa; Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal in West Africa; Kenya and Uganda in East Africa; and South Africa in Southern Africa.
How is Africa Maker different?
The purpose of Africa Maker is to support the innovator by telling their stories and their processes, while also arming them with knowledge sharing content and information about where to find these events, tech hubs, funding and other opportunities.
Fascinating reading, it’s like the world is seeing what I am seeing
Everyday something new to post on my website and Facebook Page
First edition of Africa maker, i interviewed:
African Diaspora Creative Technologists in New York, and in my research don’t feel well represented.
“If you think about ideas of machine learning and a lot of the outputs that are coming out of machine learning... That [model] may not be considered right about me, and may misrepresent people of color. It's a function of the system.” -- Ayo Okunseinde
Homepage--Feature articles, Notable News
Notable News -- Curated content from many sources
Tutorials -- Also curated coding and physical computing tutorials from around the web
Event listings of African innovation-related summits and festivals worldwide
Opportunities page: List of Funding, Organizations, etc
Facebook page: I scour the internet and social media and have been posting articles on the Africa maker facebook page
Slide 23 -- Next Steps
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