Innovation Centers

Innovation center partners are community organizations connecting people to resources, education, infrastructure, and support for the development of technologies that will have an impact on communities living in poverty. 

Each of our partner centers is unique, its offerings a reflection of its founders and the community it serves, but all of them provide a basic foundation:

  • Training in design and fabrication
  • Shared tools and equipment for prototype and product fabrication in a variety of materials 
  • Space in which to gather, learn, and create
  • A community of like-minded individuals with whom to share and test ideas for development solutions

IDIN-affiliated innovation centers are up and running in Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, and more are in the process of getting off the ground. 
 

What IDIN Offers Innovation Center Partners 

In addition to all the resources available through the IDIN Network, IDIN offers a few unique kinds of support to our innovation center partners:

  • Access to the network of Innovation Center Partners
    • We offer communication pathways to allow innovation center leaders in our network to easily exchange and find advice, feedback, and information around innovation-center-relevant topics.
  • Shared Resources
    • We’re developing new best practices guides and aggregating existing resources to make it easier for our innovation center partners to learn from the experiences of existing makerspaces, hackerspaces, Tech Shops, FabLabs, and other collaborative creative organizations around the world.
  • Financial Support

Connect with Our Innovation Center Partners

If you’re interested in learning more about our innovation center partners, in visiting, volunteering, interning at a center, or in partnering with one or more of them, feel free to contact them directly through the channels listed below. You can also learn more about them on by reading our blog! If you have questions about the program, our approach, or our experience working with these organizations, please contact the IDIN Innovation Center Program Manager Molly Rubenstein at molly.rubenstein@olin.edu

Check out some of the innovation centers we're working with right now:

AFRICA 

 

Artisan Hive
Cameroon

Web

 
ChangeHub Innovation Centre
Run by ChangeHub Kenya, LTD
Lang'ata Women's Prison, Nairobi, Kenya

Facebook

D'Kar Innovation Centre
Managed by These Hands GSSE
D'Kar Botswana

Email

DefkoAkNiep Lab
Managed by Ker Thiossane
Dakar, Senegal

Web
Facebook
@DefkoLab

 

Fablab Kivuli
Managed and run by Gearbox 
Nairobi, Kenya

Facebook

Global Innovation and Creativity (GIC) Space
Bamenda, Cameroon

Web

InLabs
Managed by Global Minimum 
Nairobi, Kenya

Web
Email

Kafue Innovation Center
Kafue, Zambia

Facebook

Kepler Tech Lab
Kigali, Rwanda

Web
Facebook
@KeplerTechLab

Kumasi Hive
Kumasi, Ghana

Web
Facebook
@kumasiHive

Tet Center
Managed by Caritas, Gulu Archdiocese
Pader District, Uganda

Email

Twende Innovation Center
Plot 146TASO Buildings (South Side)
Njiro, Arusha, Tanzania

Web
Facebook
@twendetz

Victronix Workshop
Operated by Victronix
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Email

 

 

LATIN AMERICA

 

C-INNOVA - Centro de Innovación de Tecnologías Apropiadas y Educación
Bogotá, Colombia 

Web
Facebook

Vila Nova Esperança Community Innovation Center
Managed by Caos Focado
São Paulo, Brazil 

Facebook
YouTube Channel

Makerspaces at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
In Guatemala City, Sololá, and Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, Guatemala

Contact Victor Hugo Ayerdi
at vhayerdi@uvg.edu.gt

 

 

 ASIA 

Project DEFY
Multiple Locations, India & Uganda

Web
Facebook
@projectdefy

Make-i-Stan
Lahore, Pakistan

Facebook 
@Makeistan

Peace Innovation Lab
Run by Rural Innovation Labs
Simpani, Nepal

Email

Sisaket Innovation Lab
Run by Raitong Organics Farm
Sisaket, Thailand

IDDS Sisaket Website