Cairo, 8 April 2017: For the second year in a row 1001 Inventions participated at Maker Faire Cairo to engage young people through exciting and educational activities themed on Ibn al-Haytham, considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’ for his important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light.
Thousands engaged through activities themed on an inspirational maker from the Golden Age
This year Maker Faire Cairo, held at the Smart Village, was larger in scope engaging people of all ages through an extensive programme of sessions, projects, performances, exhibitions, special events and hands-on activities. Thousands of people from across Egypt participated at Maker Faire Cairo that was packed with innovation and creativity in celebration of the global Maker Movement.
In addition to the flagship event, 1001 Inventions participated at the pre-event organised only for children including the under-privileged and vulnerable. Through exciting educational experiences introduced by the short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” starring the late legendary actor Omar Sharif, children enjoyed a fun-filled programme packed with science demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
With the support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), copies of the Arabic edition of “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” book was distributed to children during the Maker Faire.
Hanan Dowidar, 1001 Inventions Head of Strategic Partnerships who delivered a talk at the Maker Faire Cairo said:
We are delighted to return to Maker Faire Cairo and be part of the ingenious, dynamic and creative maker community in Egypt. We trust that the story of Ibn al-Haytham, an inspirational "Maker from the Golden Age", offers a unique opportunity to motivate children and young people and equip them with a creative mindset enabling them to build a better future."
1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than ten other cities around the world.
About Maker Faire Cairo
Maker Faire Cairo is the Greatest Show (and Tell) in Egypt—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they have learned. The event includes numerous workshops from across the technical and nontechnical fields and a multitude of talks and keynote speeches from several well-noted figures from across the community. All this is coupled with the biggest project/maker exhibition for makers from across the region. Each maker showcases his/her pride project to the event participants that include young makers, families, and also experts in the respective fields. Such network creates a general ecosystem of people and communities willing to build projects/products that then will lead them to establishing small enterprises and business propelling Egypt to a state of industrial and financial stability.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
1001 Inventions has engaged with over 300 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.