Win a Copy of William Kamkwamba’s Book!

If you’ve been reading AfriGadget for a while, you know of a name that keeps popping up over and over – William Kamkwamba. He was first written about by another blogger friend Mike McKay and then subsequently covered here on AfriGadget a good 3 years ago. His windmills and the story behind it are an … Continue reading “Win a Copy of William Kamkwamba’s Book!”

Blade-less wind turbine blows fresh air into power generation

A guest post by Kahenya, Founder of Simple Community The name William Kamkwamba might not sound familiar to many, but he is one of the most significant technology game changers in Africa. He did not design the most glamorous device on the planet, and neither was his creation unique. However, it was extremely significant. Using just a … Continue reading “Blade-less wind turbine blows fresh air into power generation”

Maker: Show and Tell

[Note: Pictures will be on the Maker Faire Africa Flickr group. All images by AfriGadget are CC-by licensed for anyone to use anywhere they like.] This morning at Maker Faire Africa, after a short introduction by Nii Simmonds and Emeka Okafor, the team (MFA sponsors) from AndSpace Labs have been moderating a “show and tell” … Continue reading “Maker: Show and Tell”

Charging mobile phones with bikes and scrap

Just last week two African inventors won recognition for inventions that involved scrap, bicycles and mobile phones. William Kamkwamba grew up as a farmer in Malawi, at the age of just 14, he had built his own wind generator. During a drought his families fortunes collapsed and he spent his time in libraries reading and … Continue reading “Charging mobile phones with bikes and scrap”