First shared on MakerNet.global. Since November we’ve been interviewing people who work for aid agencies in a variety of functions – project management, procurement, logistics, innovation. We’ve been showing visual mock-ups of three systems we think might help them to buy more of what they need from local manufacturers, and using this process to also get insights into their current procurement processes. The interview materials we used are published here. We’ve conducted 22 interviews so far, and these are some of the patterns we’ve noticed in the responses: Concept 1: Manufacturer Map This is basically a system that shows where manufacturers are on a map, with some additional structured inf
This report is a synthesis based on the MakerNet pilot project in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016-17, on the early demand-side interviews with potential buyers, and on the authors’ experiences in other parts of the world. Please click the Contents image below for the PDF report.
You’re right, we don’t do these spotlights so often. But then comes along a story that asks to be shared. Introducing Jon Rushton, product designer @ Trillium Technologies and founder of Made In….Shoes. Caption: You can make Made In Shoes with everything you see in this image. I “met” Jon via an e-introduction by Bram Geenen at Wevolver. Both supported our pilot with Humanitarian Item Testing this past fall/winter. Since then we’ve talked on Skype a couple times. I learned more about his work and he also shared further testing feedback on Field Ready’s otoscope. Jon’s 3D Printed Shoe Manufacture System, Made In…Shoes, spun out of a university final project. In his research phase, he learned