Shuttleworth Grant Accelerates the AMP Spacecraft

The Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant received in November 2016 has helped tremendously to amplify groundwork on the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform and the AMP spacecraft. It freed us from immediate constraints and enabled us to:

  • Upgrade the Spacecraft in Agbogbloshie
  • Prototype a new roof system
  • Devise of an action plan for the Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform mobile application
  • And advance plans to introduce AMP at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism— Shipping a second prototype #MadeinAgbogbloshie of the Spacecraft and showcase grassroots makers’ production while interacting with local grassroots makers, all of this as an attempt to link and strenghten different communities of makers around the globe.



The last months’ production, including the conversation with the Public Interest Design community met in Portland (AMP won the SEED Award 2017), are ground work to our next phase of AMP, which is to prototype a sustainable and viable business model so the Spacecraft operates in autonomous manner in a variety of grassroots communities.


Thank you to the Shuttleworth Foundation, Ugo Vallauri and Janet Gunter co-founders of the Restart Project and the Restart Project community.


2016 Summary, Welcome 2017!

Dear AMPers,

A happy new year from the AMP team!

2016 was rich in milestones and interclass innovation workshops to advance makers and development objectives:

The 2016 trip team, led by Sell and Christie Jiang, also a junior, split into three groups to tackle filming and editing. Each group focused on different topic areas – like copper burning(link is external), working with lead batteries(link is external), or the health hazards of aluminum(link is external). The students worked closely with on-the-ground support from AMP to meet and interview workers and community leaders at Agbogbloshie and better understand the complex workings of the scrapyard. (via Princeton University)

We are now ready for 2017 and looking forward to meeting you again for more special maker and interclass innovation events…

Best Regards,

The AMP Team

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