Black Makers Month: Emeka Okafor

Black Makers Month: Emeka Okafor

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Emeka is maker’s maker! He is one of the main forces behind Maker Faire Africa. Emeka has the same name as a famous professional basketball player, but they are not to be confused!

BlackMakerMonth_BadgeI met him at A Better World By Design, a student run conference in Providence, RI. Here’s what Emeka’s bio says:

Emeka Okafor is an entrepreneur and venture catalyst who lives in New York City.He is the curator of Maker Faire Africa.He was the director for TED Global 2007 that took place in Arusha,Tanzania.In addition he is a member of the TED fellowship team.His interests include sustainable technologies in the developing world and paradigm breaking technologies in general. His blog, Timbuktu Chronicles seeks to spur dialogue in areas of entrepreneurship, technology and the scientific method as it impacts Africa. “Timbuktu is a city unsullied by the worship of idols…a refuge of scholarly and righteous folk, a haunt of saints and ascetics, and a meeting place of caravans and boats” -Al-Sa’Di

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Kipp Bradford is a technology consultant and entrepreneur with a passion for making things. He is the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer in Engineering at Brown University, where he teaches several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. Kipp is also on the Technical Advisory Board for Make Magazine.

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