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[liberationtech] Baghdad Hackerspace

Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb ei8fdb at ei8fdb.org
Sun Sep 23 12:28:35 PDT 2012


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Hi all,

I thought this might be interesting to some people:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bilal/baghdad-community-hackerspace-workshops 

See also gemsi.org

Baghdad was a hub of art, science & ideas. Inspire that attitude again by sharing hackerspaces with Iraq.

We've been getting questions about why it's important to run a popup hackerspace and why we're asking for 27,500 dollars. GEMSI works to create a cascade of hackerspaces across the Middle East and North Africa. We do this by supporting the development of short term and long term spaces. Our efforts start with temporary spaces and workshops to do community discovery and connections then leads to supporting the development of a year round space. This Kickstarter supports all this work but is focusing on our work this fall for Iraq. By our efforts in Beirut we are working to discover the translation of hackerspaces to the Middle Eastern cultural context which we hope to share with Baghdad. Beirut is also where we are running a comic hackathon at the hackerspace to illustrate the Iraqi stories. Lastly part of our funds have been allocated to a micro loan that  Middle Eastern hackerspaces can apply to to help with the hackerspace build out.

regards,
Bernard

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Bernard / bluboxthief / ei8fdb

IO91XM / www.ei8fdb.org

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