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Annual Market Hack


One of the Fak’ugesi Festival’s favourite annual events, in which we have a fun day out in Braamfontein, intersecting with the weekly Neighbourgoods Market. 

Having annually grown in popularity, this festival favourite is a public day of fun led by the South African Maker Collective.  Pack a hat and some sunscreen, grab a bite or a drink from the restaurants and cafes in the square (or the Neighbourgoods Market close by), and come PLAY! 

Market Hack 2017’s programme of Making activities promises to intrigue, entertain and educate any member of the public – young and old – who join us on this outdoor Making Market Day at The Grove in Braamfontein.

Activities range from simple and not too-time- consuming (1 ) to others being a bit more technical, but fun and engaging challenges, to get heads and hands connected (2). Another making activity promising to be great fun is the FPV submarine (3) – come play along and learn to steer a submarine through an underwater obstacle course!  Or come build a very special Fak’ugesi Festival pass (5)

A brand new fak’ugesi ‘Market Hack’ activity for 2017, we will be connecting the making fun in Jo’burg to other makers and makerspaces (and their members / visitors) around the country via livestreaming, to share the collaborative learning and teaching by doing (4).

1. Come make a wriggling, jiggling DoodleBot
Young and old will enjoy this fun project from MakerSpace Durban as you learn to build a very excitable 3-legged drawing creature. There will be 50 DoodleBots looking for caring Makers to bring them to life!

2. Makers’ adaptation of an open-source plot clock
Along with house4hack, MakerSpace Durban and independent Jhb makers, come learn how to build a ‘drawing arm bot’ and help co-create a collaborative communication tool/artwork! We won’t give away yet what these 20 bots will be doing once together!

3. First Person View (FBV) submarine game
The FPV submarine experiment is an audio and visual immersive experience, created by a group of house4hack Makers, where participants are immersed in colour and sound while interactively exploring a magical underwater world.

This world is populated with 3d printed characters, laser cut free floating visual artefacts and streams of bubbling multi-coloured fun. The player uses a joystick to navigate the submarine through this world while getting audio queues and live streaming first person video (FPV) of their exploration.  This totally immersive experience will make the world come alive!

4. Livestream / remote hook-up with other makerspaces around SA with Q&A sessions throughout the day.
Collaborative project between Content Bar Jhb, Maker Station Cape Town and other makerspaces around South Africa, we get to show the rest of the country what fun we’re getting up to at The Grove, share Question & Answer sessions , while they host their own Making events or social gatherings in their cities. Get to meet some of the other makers around the country remotely, and see how far and wide the SA Maker Collective ‘family’ reaches.

5. Building the interactive fak’ugesi Festival Pass
We have a secret festival pass this year that turns into something magical – come, see and make!

In the spirit of fak’ugesi’s 2017 theme “Brave tech hearts beat as one”, we as the SA Maker Collective come together as one to share fun, interactive Making activities with visitors to Braamfontein during the fak’ugesi Making Weekend.  Don’t expect to be leaving soon – once the Making bug bites we hope you join us for the whole day.

By: Mia van Zyl of m!a design & make, Market Hack 2017

Partners: South African Maker Collective, ABSA Business Banking & RedBull Amaphiko

Audience: Anyone interested in digital making in a fun and accessible activity. Fun for friends and family as a day out.


South African Maker Collective on Facebook –> www.facebook.com/groups/SAmakercollective

September 09 2017


Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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The Grove, 18 Melle Street, Braamfontein

The Grove, 18 Melle Street, Braamfontein
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001 South Africa

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