WoeLab as been established to serve this urban ambition but found a whole life outside of this first projection of the founder. Today, it is an unusual place, the only one in Africa; open to all, both small street vendor and engineer... and freely according to our Democracy Technology ethic !
WoeLab is in fact a real neighborhood fablab, proximity incubator-accelerator for boosting both open native hardware technology projects and international approaches of digital solidarity. A single framework for emulation, where young Africans through collective intelligence and free mentoring, access to the inventors status; chief of project and recently Corporate Head. Indeed, since recent months, we also prototype an innovative business. This young startups’ incubation program have an immediate success because 3 of the 5 companies we have created have been retained by the Gouvernement in the top 10 entrepreneurial projects "of the year in Togo.
But the most famous WoeLab’s project and the one that best embodies this LowHighTech philosophy is the W.Afate 3D printer in recycled materials. This is the first contribution of Africa to this 3D print technology and isn’t least with its qualities of ecology ; simplicity and economy.
_Develop projects with e-wastes and contribute to clean computer dumps as in Agbogbloshie in Ghana, which extend at the scale of a whole quarter.
_Put the Technology whitin the reach of little people and make Africa, not a spectator but an actor full of the next industrual revolution more virtuous.
_Promote diversion and the reuse of the used machines in order to avoid sending them for scrapping and thus generate new economic contribution to african household, schools and cybercafé.
Here are few challenges that the young Woelab community innocently take up by going off on the first traditional 3D Printer manufacturing project and OpenSource.
Sensible to bring solutions to african conditions and realities. It is about an initiative that is part of Woelab LowHighTech ethic aiming to tool up various social strata with community-based technology and also provide them the capacity to create their own machine with a well detailed documentation and simplified as possible.
A Success Story and a Vision for Africa
Just born, the W.Afate seems to be at the heart of what seems a real development project with several original programs already driven:
-The concrete utopia "Africa Cyber- 3D Print- Cafes" which aims to equip cyber cafe; included among the 10 most innovative African projects at Carrefour Des Possible Abidjan Africa-2013.
- Cycle Study # 3DPrinTogo with the success of the Conference "3d Printing and medical applications in Africa".
-The social program # 3DprintEducative which aims to bring 3D printing in education and whose pilot was launched today involving a dozen college kids.
-Vision "W.Afate to Mars" awarded by NASA from over 700 submissions: "Mission Best Concept" at the International Space Apps Challenge 2013.
the deployment of these program is a comprehensive strategy which aims to popularize and mainstream 3D printing with African populations, with the goal of making the Lomé city in the world with the highest penetration rate in terms of knowledge of the technology. This technology must be known and understood by the greatest number. The obvious challenge is in the wake of the exception W.Afate; allow to Africa not to miss the train "next industrial revolution."
It is also to create a Local market to W.Afate. 'W.CORP, the StartUp prototyped in stride to serve this ambition by WoeLab community, was targeted by the Togolese government in the 9 best business plans at the last Forum of Young Entrepreneurs. After a figuration this fall, in the list of 100 Innovations Forum in Paris, it is Praia which, 04 to 06 February, celebrate W.Afate as Best Innovation at the first African Innovation Summit / Cape Verde.
Africa's first 3D printer is a strictly local project that has enjoyed rapid international success with two successful crowdfunding campaigns and original vision developed for NASA named one of top thirty concepts of spatial exploration for the year. With W.Afate we are in the presence of a fact quite unique in several aspects:
1. This is one of the few times that Africa is in a position not to be landed on an emerging technology;
2. There also has to consider this very interesting situation that this is the first functional machine that is built on the framing of other machines .
3. Finally, we must emphasize this that we have a work intimately linked to the ethics of Technological Democracy governing this particular place what WoeLab, and that would not have been possible without the logistical and human resources of the community to which belongs to the inventor. The fact W.Afate like everything that is being developed in a collaborative WoeLab is a collaborative fact. A magnificent figure of the power of creation spaces co-design and one of the first all-African symbols of the contemporary movement of 'Commons' that -this is the intuition behind everything we are working since 2012 to Lomé- is reflected in our African traditions.
HOW TO MAKE A W.AFATE?
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