About the event:
“We are living in an age of open source, custom-fabricated, DIY product design. All you need to conquer the world is a brilliant idea.” – Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired Magazine
The Maker Movement is a manifestation of the new age of innovation. People in garages, sheds and bedrooms all over the world are using do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others (DIWO) techniques and processes to develop unique, sophisticated gadgets, such as printers, robotics and electronic devices.
Open-source technology allows good ideas to flourish, with online sharing and collaboration platforms. Crowd-funding mechanisms like Kickstarter make it possible to finance these ideas, leading to the start-up generation. Today, every garage is a potential micro-factory and every citizen is a potential micro-entrepreneur.
This month, #TechTalkCPT has asked Greg Aberdeen of BeePak ‒ Popular Mechanics inventor of the year 2014, and Omar-Pierre Soubra of Maker Faire and Sketchup to speak about their experiences as innovators, inventors and makers.
Greg Aberdeen was voted Popular Mechanics Inventor of the Year in 2014, in recognition of his innovations that have reinvented beekeeping. He will talk about the roll out plan that make up the BeePak™, Best Beehives and the Bee Kind Project success story. BeePak™ is the world’s first composite flat pack and insulated beehive system. Traditional hives weigh 50kg or more, creating logistical issues for bee enthusiasts. They also only last three to four years in the field. BeePak™ hives weigh in at less than 20kg, with a remarkable life-span of up to 50 years. Lighter hives means that even people with limited access to transport ‒ as is the case in many communities in Africa and other developing nations ‒ can carry them on a bike or by hand. The BeePak™ innovation enables beekeepers in rural Africa to make a productive, environmentally friendly living with just 20 hives. The hives are highly resistant to parasites, prevent woodworm access and are highly resistant to honey badger assault. They are also built to be highly functional even in extreme temperatures. As an added bonus, BeePak™ was designed to contain more honey racks than traditional hives. This can increase average honey production levels by 5kgs per hive. Join the BeePak™ Facebook group for more info: Bee Kind Project
Omar-Pierre Soubra talks about the Maker Movement, the Maker Faire and what it is like to be at the heart of so many communities around the world. Omar’s focus is making innovation tangible for his customers. He is an optical and laser engineer by training, with a visionary outlook. He draws on complex market information and constraints to develop the long-term vision for some of the key product lines in Trimble Navigation, the leader in positioning solutions for land surveyors, mapping and geospatial professionals. Since 2012, when Trimble acquired SketchUp from Google, Omar has been deeply involved with the Maker movement, including large participations at Maker Faires around the world. It was there that he could be found dancing on top of a CAT bulldozer explaining how it was the largest 3D printer on the fair. This earned him the Wired nomination for being one of the “10 Reasons Why the World Maker Faire Was Awesome”. Omar has been living in Colorado for the last nine years. He is father to three adorable monsters, Quentin, Lucas and Gaëtan and has been married to Melanie ‒ who he describes as one of the most beautiful French women in Colorado ‒ for the last 10 years.
Location: 75 Harrington Street
75 Harrington Street, Cape Town, Western Porvince, 8001, Gardens