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Help bring maker culture and hacker spaces to Iraq.

David MellisSeptember 9th, 2012

A friend of mine is doing a KickStarter project to run a livestream conference and a temporary hackerspace in Baghad this fall. Bilal Ghalib (of GEMSI) has been working to bring maker culture and hacker spaces to the Middle East, for example by organizing a temporary maker space at the Maker Faire Cairo in 2011.

Here are some details of the workshops they’re organizing:

  • Riwaya wa Bidaya (Oct 5): A livestream conference to share stories of everyday superheroes in Baghdad who take initiative to solve problems. We are inviting submissions until Sept 22 [apply here!] – top stories will be illustrated by a professional graphic comic book artist and published in Arabic and English.
  • ‘Amal wa Amal (Oct 18-19): In collaboration with TEDxBaghdad, we are setting up a temporary community hackerspace to share local tools and solutions. We hope this will provide an inspiration for an ongoing community and hackerspace to develop in Baghdad.

Please help support the KickStarter project.