FabLabs are a global network of local labs. The Nairobi FabLab serves as a rapid prototyping centre within the Science and Technology Park. A FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make ‘almost anything’. After ‘almost anything’ has been made, the FabLab provides the tools and skills to ‘make the machines that make almost anything’. Dr. Gachigi hopes that the Nairobi FabLab will serve as “an infrastructure of high-tech business incubators can provide localized manufacturing capacity. . . (with) the potential to release technology-based economic growth for any developing nation or region.
He is optimistic that the FabLab will promote the creation of an atmosphere and culture of innovation and encourage venture incubation in the region. From his base at the University of Nairobi he has founded a student group which is designed to encourage entrepreneurship based on engineering and scientific knowledge among scholars of science and other innovators alike, and to serve as an outreach to high schools and the community, which he intends to develop into a business incubator.
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