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 Brazil, Colombia, India, Kenya, Nepal, 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
    • We offer a limited amount of financial support to some of our innovation center partners.

Connect with Our Innovation Center Partners

If you’re interested in learning more about our innovation center partners or program, or in visiting, volunteering, or interning at an innovation center, please contact IDIN Innovation Center Coordinator Molly Rubenstein at molly.rubenstein@olin.edu.

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

AFRICA 

Contact Information
D-Kar Innovation Centre
D'Kar Botswana
Email: theblakaudiofire@gmail.com

InLabs
Managed by Global Minimum 
St. Elizabeth Girls' Academy

Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 721 258662
Email: info@gmin.org

Kafue Innovation Center
Kafue, Zambia

 
Kumasi Hive
Kumasi, Ghana
Email: jorgeappiah@gmail.com
Lang’ata Women’s Prison Innovation Center
Nairobi, Kenya
Email: agmokaya@gmail.com
MakeWeMake
Lagos, Nigeria
Email: tunde.alawode@gmail.com
Project DEFY Banjarapalya Makerspace
Bangalore, India
Email: abhijit2015@iiseconnect.org

Tet Center
Pader Town Council
Pader District, Uganda

Phone: +256 784 768 852
Email: 
info@tetcenter.ug.org

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

Phone: +255 754 376 843
Email: 
deborah@twende-tanzania.org

Ubuni Studios
Managed and run by Gearbox 
Nairobi, Kenya

 

 

 

LATIN AMERICA

Contact Information

C-Innova
Carrera 25 #41-94. Barrio La Soledad
Bogotá, Colombia 

Phone: +57 319 3912078
Email: 
contacto@c-innova.org

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

Phone: +55 11 98202 3271
Email: 
miguel.chaves@caosfocado.com

 

 

 ASIA 

Peace Innovation Lab
Simpani, Nepal

Email: ghimirenimesh@gmail.com
Rural Innovation Lab
Lamjung and Palpa, Nepal
Email: ghimirenimesh@gmail.com