We didn’t write a lot about the free-for-all hackathons that took place at Maker Faire Africa last week, but what was interesting was that they were sponsored by big corporate names like Intel and Standard Bank. Not the kinds of firms you might normally associate with small scale grassroots electronic experimentation.

At last week’s Maker Faire Africa, Brett snagged some face time with two higher-ups at Intel South Africa who are working to promote the firm’s Galileo development board as the hacker’s choice of connected microcontroller. Mohammed Fareed and Hitendra Naik explain why the maker community is increasingly important to businesses like theirs and so many are rushing to tap into the innovative minds of grassroots inventors.

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Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.