2 000 hackers expected to descend on Durban for MakerCon this month

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We recently went down to the Mother City for Maker Faire Cape Town, and found a treasure trove of making both from our local makers and internationals who made the long flight down to our little corner of Africa.

Now Durban is getting a similar treatment thanks to The MakerSpace and its upcoming MakerCon event.

This November, The Design Factory will be the centre of making as an expected 2000 visitors will come out to 3D print and race drones, and anything else that can be hacked together over the two days.

Saturday evening will also play host to a hackathon with prizes.

“The point of this event is to celebrate and showcase the ‘Maker Movement’ [in] Durban. The Maker Movement is a global phenomenon of people sharing ideas and harnessing technology to make things,” said Steve Gray, founder of Durban’s MakerSpace, “From 3D printing to leather craft, custom furniture and robots, there is something interesting to see and touch.”

MakerCon still has openings for exhibitors and sponsors. If you’d like to get involved you can sign up here.


Exhibitors and attractions:
  • DIY Electronics – 3D print farm and Ardunio playground.
  • Kraft – come and see their x-carve in action.
  • Christy-Anne & Michelle Stewart Jewellery – silversmithery.
  • Be:found jewellery & accessories – jewellery craft classes.
  • Tione – build your own DIY digital synthesiser .
  • Studio031 graffiti wall – learn graffiti.
  • eeArm – IoT wifi robots and connected devices.
  • WERK MakerSpace Port Elizabeth.
  • Trobok Toys – how to make 3D printed creatures.
  • Durban.MakerSpace – 3D scan your head.
  • Savior Brand Co – Leather craft workshops.
  • Re:Seat recycled wood furniture – workshop build your own planter box .
  • the Journeyman – custom cutting boards.
  • Makers union – how to make a wooden yoyo.
  • S43 craft brewery.
  • 031 Distillery.
  • Colombo Coffee.


Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.


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