Lake Victoria Challenge’s Simon Johnson will speak at the Fab14 conference in France next week.
The Lake Victoria Challenge asks what could happen if Africa were no longer bound by linear infrastructure. This unique event explores the emerging transportation technologies that can leapfrog Africa’s infrastructure deficit and address the continent’s infrastructure, public health and mobility challenges with a visionary, safe and scalable solution.
The inaugural Lake Victoria Challenge event will take place in the form of a symposium, expo, flying competition and a range of networking events. An international gathering of key government and regulatory stakeholders with global and local innovators, investors, businesses and media, the event aims to propel the use of drones and other aerial technologies for positive economic and social impact. Demonstrating potential use cases for the region, this multi-year stakeholder engagement program asks: what will the future of mobility look like?
As part of this process, the Lake Victoria Challenge will help identify and establish a small droneport on Juma Island, based on the Norman Foster Foundation designs, to enable competition flights from Mwanza City with an ambition to establish further droneports around Lake Victoria over time.
FAB14 will take place in Toulouse, France, from July 16-22 at the Pierre Baudis Convention Center.
The event aims to gather people from the global network to debate and build the Fab Lab Network and to forms of knowledge networking. The most distinguished investigators and specialists from all over the globe are invited, generating activities and traversal impact in the Toulouse. The motto “Fabricating Resilience” sets the stage for sharing experiences and creating a collaborative network. To make this possible, five topics will be developed that can create a big impact in the region: FOOD, MOBILITY, MACHINES, MONEY AND ACCESS.
Fab Events, such as Fab14, are a way to integrate all the knowledge acquired during the year by 1,200+ Fab Labs in the world. The participation for content is based on what the active members propose, that see the space as a showroom for their projects, workshops, ideas, and acknowledge that all the work will be seen and appreciated by everyone. The key is the networking among speakers, tutors and volunteers, and what they can make in this new world of digital fabrication.
See you next week at Fab14!