Come and help build 50 robots at Market Hack Johannesburg

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One day, tiny humans will be made on a production line by sophisticated bio-printing bots. Until then, let’s show those plastic and metal suckers who is still the boss at manufacturing. Yes, clear a place in your diary if you’d like to build a robot with your own two hands, because Market Hack South Africa is coming back again and this year it’s all about making your own 3D printed automatons.

Market Hack is part of the annual Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, which takes place in Braamfontein from 22nd of August to the 13th of September. The hackday itself will be on the 29th of August.

Giants of South African making are teaming up to help the public put together fifty robots. After assembling and programming the ‘bots you’ll be able to take control of it with your phone. Please note: no violent robot uprisings will be tolerated.

The 50 smaller robots will make way for a larger automaton that will paint portraits. We’re not promising something like the painting scene from Chappie, but if you’ve ever been to a similar maker event you’ll know how awesome it will be.

The type of robot that will be creating art on the day

After the robots are put together they’re planned to be part of the interactive kinematic art installation at the Ithuba Arts Gallery before, being distributed through the South African Maker Collective members around South Africa. The robot you make may go on to inspire the next generation of makers.

If you’d like to partake all you need is a ticket to the festival. Right now only tickets for the opening show are available, but check back on the festival’s site, or stay put on as we’ll keep you updated. We’ll also, hopefully, be at the event building our own robot. Look for ours by the distinctive orange paint and hotrod flames we have planned. Oh yes.

The people bringing the ‘bots:

If you want to get fired up, you can watch one of the most advanced robots in the world take a stroll in the woods.

Clinton Matos

Clinton Matos

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of