The annual Maker Faire has made a turn in Johannesburg this weekend, as creators, inventors and global thinkers flock to the Sci-Bono Centre to show off their latest projects.

The exhibition showcases some of the best works from innovators across Africa in their quest to solve problems from their communities – by building their own solutions.

“Maker culture is very much about dealing with challenges. It may be a lack of resources, of materials or tools. It can be spending weeks, if not months on your build, only to find that when you’re ready to flip the switch it doesn’t work as you had planned. As a maker myself, I’ve spent equal time, if not more, tearing things apart and rebuilding them – this is the ethos of a maker,” explained Jennifer Wolfe, the lead organiser of Maker Faire Africa, in a previous htxt.africa interview.

htxt.africa is at the Sci-Bono Centre in Johannesburg to get a glimpse of the amazing projects that people have been working on.

htxt.africa is an official media partner of Maker Faire Africa.

[Images – Charlie Fripp]
Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.