Virtual reality, RC cars and speaking to robots at Market Hack in the Fak’ugesi festival

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The Fak’ugesi digital festival is fast approaching , and there’s an event happening inside of it called Market hack, which, if you have any interest in the maker scene, you need to check out.

While you may be there in body, you can choose to virtually leave it thanks to the virtual reality (VR) displays. There will be two on offer: one from UK filmmaker Karen Palmer and another which is a VR theatre performance called The Cube.

If you prefer more physical experiences, you’re catered for too. Makers we’ve featured on the site before – House4Hack, BinarySpace and more – will give visitors the opportunity to create chassis for robots and RC cars which they can then decorate and race. After the races are done participants keep to keep what they make.

There’s also talk of the above being done with a “portable vacuum former”, which we look forward to seeing.

Finally we have a section that was borrowed from AfrikaBurn which turns your voice into something far more robotic. While that may sound like just a voice modulator, we love the name of it: Talk 01100100 01101001 01110010 01110100 01111001 To Me. 

Market Hack at Fak’ugesi details:

  • Date: August 27th 2016
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Place: The Grove At South Point | 17 Melle Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | View in Google Maps
  • Price: Free!

Tegan Bristow, director of the Fak’ugesi Digital African Innovation Festival explains why Market hack is so great:

In the act of putting technology in the hands of all people in a fun and accessible way, one of our favourite annual events at the Fak’ugesi Festival is the Market Hack. It is held once every festival and intersects with the Nieghbourgoods Market on a Saturday in Braamfontein. At the Market Hack we work with makers and maker spaces from across the country and internationally (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and the UK) to build fun and interactive activities for the whole family. It is a great day out, to which literary anyone can pop in, learn, make and have fun.

There will also be, along with other activities, a Maker Library Network project where makers will collaborate to capture site-specific sounds, from the streets of Jozi, and interpret these in physical formats that will enable the public to interact, listen and interpret these moments.

If the pot needed any more sweetening, there’s a treat for the first 1 000 people to arrive thanks to friend of the site Tom Van Den Bon.

Those who are both quick and the lucky will get a special edition festival pass that becomes a miniature piano. On the day there will be a workshop showing you how to accomplish this, but we assume it will work like the Makey Makey, a controller board that can do amazing stuff, like turning a potato into a keyboard.

But, fi you want to find out how this works exactly, you’ll just have to attend. See you there.

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