In 2023, we are hosting our 2nd annual Makers Fest: A celebration of African artisanship! During this year’s event, we will be exploring what the future holds for African artisans and the trends that will propel technical and vocational trades forward.

Join us for this event on 1-2 Sept

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Innovating the trades for the future by inspiring established and aspiring Makers, celebrating their role in pioneering innovation within their respective trades, and giving them a space to connect with other artisans and collaborate in a new age of technical & vocational skills in Africa.

Why you should attend

Connect with other artisan Makers

Learn what the future of the trades holds for Africa

Be inspired by up-and-coming artisan talent

Learn from experts in the technical & vocational trades

Celebrate the impact of artisans making a difference

Boost your confidence in your trade

What we’ll be talking about

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Agile Entrepreneurship

Scaling artisan businesses in the 21st century

Future trends in the trades:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Additive Manufacturing

Robotics and Automation

Self-driving Cars and Electric Vehicles

Big Data, IoT and Cloud Computing

Renewable and Sustainable Energy

MakersFest Conference Sessions

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1 September

2 September

Day 1 Conference Agenda

Day 2 Conference Agenda

1 Sept 2023Entrepreneurship Inter-College Finals

2 Sept 2023Allan Gray Makers Fest Programme

1. Opening

2. Keynote

3. Messages of Support

4. Introduction of Judges

5. Business Idea Pitches

6. Tech Business

7. Artisan Business

8. General Business

1. Opening Address

2. Panel Discussion

3. Women in the Trades

4. Artisan of Mzansi Pitching

5. Learning Lab

6. Green Building Technologies

7. Drone Technology in Construction

8. Business and Trades Expo

9. Celebration Dinner

Highlights from 2022

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