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SXSW 2018

What You Can Learn from Brazilian Maker Movement

The maker movement is growing fast around the world, stimulating a more participatory approach to technology design. This is also a trend in Brazil, a country well-known for the creativity of its population, where an initiative called Olabi has been changing the face of this scene: bringing inclusiveness to a universe that is usually dominated by white men. Connect favelas to the center, engineers to artists, children to the elderly, black people to the white ones is the way to truly encourage.

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  1. How can makerspaces and tech hubs be more diverse and inclusive?
  2. Why does diversity in the production of technology matter? And what impact does this have on product design?
  3. How can technologies help in the cultural identity of historically oppressed groups such as black women in the Global South?


  • Gabriela Agustini, director executive, Olabi
  • Silvana Bahia, Project Director, Olabi


Gabriela Agustini, director executive, Olabi

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Social Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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