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Mobile FABLABS: Local and Rural Innovation in South Africa
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, , North-West University, South Africa ; , CSIR, South Africa

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Mobile Fabrication Laboratories, or FabLabs, have the potential to act as centers to promote creativity and innovation, and to bring about long-term social innovation in disadvantaged and rural communities across South Africa. In essence, Mobile FabLabs can become the delivery vehicles for a range of national policies designed to redress inequalities and for the benefit of developing countries. The findings in this report are based on a case study where a Mobile FabLab was deployed in the impoverished Eastern Cape region for five months during 2011. The focus of this was to review the physical design issues and to consider the impact of this intervention on the broader community. Initial conclusions regarding the pilot study are presented.

Citation

Beyers, R.N., Blignaut, A.S. & Mophuti, L. (2012). Mobile FABLABS: Local and Rural Innovation in South Africa. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 112-122). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .

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