Please build me a list of 10 makerspaces located in underdeveloped or poor regions
Hackerspaces, makerspaces, and fablabs are terms that can be used interchangeable, and they all describe "spaces that support learning and doing in a way that redefines both traditional schooling and traditional manufacturing." Based on factors including gross domestic product (GDP) and the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MDPI), a list of ten makerspaces has been developed for underdeveloped and/or poor regions globally, including Arduino Awesomeness (India), DefkoAkNiep (Senegal), TUCE Makerspace (Ghana), Alibi (Olabi) Makerspace (Brazil), Workbench projects (Bangalore), Maker’s Asylum (India), Curiosity Gym (India), Kochi (India), Trivandrum (India), and Vigyan Ashram (India).
Overview of the industry
In order to develop a working definition of "makerspace," my colleagues and I first consulted publications by industry experts, which indicate that "makerspace," "hackerspace," and "fablab" are often used interchangeably. All of these terms can be defined as spaces that "support learning and doing in a way that redefines both traditional schooling and traditional manufacturing. Smart tools, rapid prototyping, digital fabrication, and computational technology combine with the global reach of the internet to share ideas, solutions to problems, and best of all, the actual designs of things you can make yourself. These spaces are launch pads for a future where people of all ages can be agents of change rather than objects of change."
While terminology may be different, the same principles and environment are denoted by the use of each term. For example, while makerspace and hackerspace are essentially the same term, the use of makerspace does not convey the negative connotations often associated with the term "hacking." In fact, "after MAKE magazine debuted in 2005, the word 'making' has been adopted as a softer, safer alternative to hacking." Elementary schools, public libraries, museums, and even youth centers may preferentially refer to these spaces as makerspaces, in order to avoid the potentially subversive or even criminal connotations associated with hacking.
TEN MAKERSPACES IN UNDERDEVELOPED REGIONS
To determine a reasonable measurement of what constitutes a "poor region," my colleagues and I relied on sources evaluating the economic output of countries utilizing either the gross domestic product (GDP), or a mix of data points, primarily relying on the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MDPI). We utilized a number of reputable industry websites, such as Hackster.io and Fablabs.io, which listed global hackerspaces, makerspaces, and fablabs. We refined our research to focus on makerspaces within the aforementioned poor and/or underdeveloped region, which are detailed below. Hackerspaces are ranked in no particular order.
1. Arduino Awesomeness — India
Arduino Awesomeness currently has 19 projects in development. The address for Arduino Awesomeness is Sriharipuram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530011, India.
2. DefkoAkNiep (Do it with everybody) — Senegal
This makerspace was created by an NGO called KER-THIOSSANE in 2014, and it "provides training for kids, entrepreneurs, craftsmen, students, artists, and engineers. We make prototypes with entrepreneurs and others to develop energy solutions based on solar panels and wind turbines. We also organize trainings on how to build a solar panel from solar cells." The company can be located in Dekar, Senegal and reached via phone number +221 33 868 53 09.
3. TUCE Makerspace — Ghana
Established by NOVAN Education & Training in 2017, it is noted that,
"the Tumu College of Education Makerspace (TUCE Makerspace) is located on the college premises. Tumu is located in the Sissala East District of the north-western part of Ghana in the Upper West Region. Tumu is the administrative district capital in Sissala East."
4. Alibi (Olabi) Makerspace — Brazil
Alibi (Olabi) Makerspace was established in 2014. The address is Rua Martins Ferreira, 12, Botafogo Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22271-010. The manager of the project describes their work as follows:
"Workshops, lectures, meetings, people using the machines and components etc. Our main course is called Costura High Tech (a combination of traditional sewing techniques with some innovation in fashion like 3D printing textile, wearables, electronic textile etc)."
5. Workbench projects — Bangalore
Workbench Projects is located at Under Halasuru Metro Station, Old Madras Road, Gupta Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka — 560008. The makerspace is described by the goal of "aiming to seed the next technology revolution in India, WorkBench Projects is all set to achieve this goal with their state-of-the-art maker space facility in Bangalore, stocked up with all the tools one could possibly need."
6. Maker’s Asylum — India
Maker's Asylum is "a community makerspace to get your hands dirty and make your ideas happen." The Delhi location of Maker's Asylum is 268G, Hauz Rani, New Delhi, Delhi — 110017.
7. Curiosity Gym — India
"Curiosity Gym is a maker space that is a platform for students, family and professionals to pursue a love of learning new things. Be it designing a solution for an unstructured problem, ideation, prototyping or bringing ideas to life, or running workshops on new things like 3D printing, internet of things, drones or cool ways of programming, embedded systems and robotics, Curiosity Gym is a place to learn experientially through making and breaking." Curiosity Gym is open to both local and international students. The address is
6, Palkhivala Building, 1st floor, 296 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Opposite Vijaya Bank near GPO, Fort, Mumbai 400001.
8. Kochi - India
Kochi is associated with FabLab Kerala and comes "with a lot of cool machines ranging from 3D printers to industrial quality design cutters." Kochi is located at Ground Floor, Startup Village (10K), KINFRA HiTech Park, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala.
9. Trivandrum — India
Similar to Kochi, Trivandrum is associated with FabLab Kerala. The address for Trivandrum is IIITM-K, Technopark Campus, Trivandrum, Trivandrum, Kerala, 699581, India. The makerspace is described as "a kind playground in Kerala for young tinkerers, tech startups and the like to come play with lots of latest technologies."
10. Vigyan Ashram — India
"Vigyan Ashram is the first fab lab outside MIT. It was established in 2002 and received capital equipment from NSF-USA and IITK. This maker space aims to give ordinary people around the world the technology to design and make their own stuff." The address is Head Office, Vigyan Ashram, Pabal, Dist. Pune — 412403, Maharashtra, India.
Hackerspaces, makerspaces, and fablabs are all interchangeable terms that describe "spaces that support learning and doing in a way that redefines both traditional schooling and traditional manufacturing." We built a list of ten makerspaces in poor and/or underdeveloped countries, including (in no particular order) Arduino Awesomeness (India), DefkoAkNiep (Senegal), TUCE Makerspace (Ghana), Alibi (Olabi) Makerspace (Brazil), Workbench projects (Bangalore), Maker’s Asylum (India), Curiosity Gym (India), Kochi (India), Trivandrum (India), and Vigyan Ashram (India).