Prophecyting

Today Agbogbloshie scrap dealers, together with Ashesi University students from Kobby Ankomah-Graham‘s seminar, helped Belgian-Beninese artist Fabrice Monteiro and Senegalese designer Doulsy scout locations for their Prophecy II photo series. The Prophecy I series probed the issue of environmental pollution by evoking spirits of the earth, dispatched to either plead or warn humans to change our ways lest we kill our mother planet. Per panel discussion with Fabrice at Ashesi, the Prophecy II series will be a diptych contrasting the needless excess of planned obsolescence against the devastating human and environmental destruction used to extract the resources from which our electronic devices are produced out of the earth.

It was noticeable and community members confirmed that you now see only smaller stockpiles of circuit boards and plastic monitor cases, for example, because buyers are more consistent and frequent. What AMP affirms about Fabrice’s project is that it is creating a space—mythical but real at the same time—reminding us all to take action now, before its too late to save this planet.

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Fabrice testing frames and Doulsy smiling upon a scrap dealer’s reveal of treasure trove of VHS cassette tapes (part of the costume design):

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AMP app testing project at Agbobloshie

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Observations made by the team regarding the App

Below are the key insights from the team.

Limitations

  • Many people at Agbogbloshie prefers to call than use the app, but the fact that it will connect them to many people and places is appreciated.
  • Most of them don’t have android phones
  • Most people don’t have time, instead their focus is getting cash
  • The app does not work on windows phone thus cannot be downloaded by those using the phone
  • Uploading pictures make the upload time longer
  • No upload progress shown and takes about 5-20 minutes to complete
  • The app does not show whether it is a request or an offer

Suggestions

  • Login should allow for registration of more than one number so that one person with a smartphone can register for as many people as possible, and can also upload items on their behalf
  • The prices on the app should be realistic and…

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Princeton PACE students in Agbogbloshie

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In January 2016 AMP ran a one-week #ampqamp with students from Princeton University’s PACE Center for Civic Engagement focused on making short health & safety videos for the Agbogbloshie scrap dealers community, narrated in Dagbani.

This group of students, led by Ellie Sell ’17 and Christie Jiang ’17, opted not only to volunteer collaborating on the AMP project as a form of ‘alternative spring break’, but also to spend months prior planning their trip and conducting research around issues of health and safety related to unregulated e-waste processing plus weeks after their visit to Ghana editing and producing the videos. (They blogged about it here.)

Watch the Youtube playlist of videos they produced below. For more on how this connects to the full AMP project, check out this Q&A with the Princeton PACE Center. A huge thank you to the whole team from all of AMP!

Innovate Ghana prototyping workshop

Finalists from Innovate Ghana‘s 2015 Design Challenge around problem areas of Water & Sanitation participated in a prototype design workshop at the Makerspace @Impact Hub Accra (December 19, 2015):

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Then @kabsseidu & @afrocyberpunk showed up from Nubian VR and prototyped a VR camera rig:

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Log of AMP activities

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The AMP makers collective has run over 35 workshops to date around the theme of transforming the Agbogbloshie scrap and recycling ecosystem into a network for distributed manufacturing and digital fabrication.

Here is a list of the main events held as part of the AMP series of informal maker workshops to build the future of Agbogbloshie:

Spacecraft . square pyramid jig

4 pcs 1in angle bar chamfer cut and welded to form square inverted pyramid with sturdy base, metal off-cuts.
4 pcs 1in angle bar chamfer cut and welded to form square inverted pyramid with sturdy base, metal off-cuts.
square pyramids made with 4 pcs. iron rod with single weld bead at tip should be self-supporting.
square pyramids made with 4 pcs. iron rod with single weld bead at tip should be self-supporting.
pre-cut all iron rods to identical length using metal cutter, saw or angle grinder.
pre-cut all iron rods to identical length using metal cutter, saw or angle grinder.
16 pyramids required to fabricate one semi-octet truss.
16 pyramids required to fabricate one semi-octet truss.

Spacecraft . 2d truss jig

Mild steel angle bar is liable to twist or bend before the truss is triangulated; to ensure that each octet truss you make is straight (±1 mm) use a straight and square metal jig with wood board forming welding bed (will burn over time, flip over before replacing). Use clamps to secure 2d truss frame to jig, and push metal against wood plate of jig with a nonconductive pipe or wood stick.

Welding: Tack weld first throughout to assemble octet truss, then complete full weld once all metal elements are held in contact. Usually a small amount of grinding required to clear sharp edges. Apply hardener coat to seal and spray 3-6 coats of automotive paint. Paint damage possible (e.g. scratches) during transport and assembly; paint touch-up work may be done after assembly.

 use clamps to secure 2d truss frame to jig, and a nonconductive stick (preferably wood) to push metal against wood plate of jig.

2d truss jig spacer2d truss jig side viewweld flat bar ladder into 2d truss frame5 weld sides to 2d truss frameuse clamps to secure 2d truss frame to jig, and a nonconductive stick (preferably wood) to push metal against wood plate of jig.5 weld safety first6 weld pyramid chain into 2d ladder truss7 weld invert pyramid to angle bar at vertices8 semi-octet trusses should stack interlock9 7 1.5in semi-octet trusses welded, load to paint

finished octet trusses sprayed and loaded in truck bed
finished octet trusses sprayed and loaded in truck bed