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What is Makerspaces KnowledgeShare?

Makerspaces KnowledgeShare is a community of practice (CoP) dedicated to fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation within the field of academic makerspaces in South Africa. Makerspaces are physical locations where individuals with diverse backgrounds come together to create, learn, and collaborate using various tools, technologies, and materials.

The purpose of Makerspaces KnowledgeShare is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and best practices among academic makerspaces in South Africa. The aim is to create a vibrant and inclusive community that support the growth and development of all our makerspaces.


  • Foster collaboration and networking among academic makerspace practitioners.
  • Facilitate the sharing of innovative ideas, projects and experiences.
  • Promote best practices in makerspace design, management and programming.
  • Encourage professional development and capacity building for makerspace practitioners.
  • Support research and knowledge creation in the field of academic makerspaces. 
  • Advocate for the value and impact of makerspaces in education, entrepreneurship, and community engagement.


Membership in Makerspaces KnowledgeShare is open to anyone involved or interested in the academic makerspace community. Members are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Respect the values of inclusivity, diversity and collaboration.
  • Contribute actively by sharing knowledge, experiences and resources.
  • Maintain professional conduct and adhere to ethical guidelines.
  • Respect intellectual property rights and give credit where due.
  • Uphold the confidentiality of sensitive information shared within the CoP.


Makerspaces KnowledgeShare is led by a voluntary leadership team responsible for coordinating activities and ensuring the achievement of the community's objectives.


Makerspaces KnowledgeShare undertakes various activities and initiatives to fulfil its objectives, including:

  • Organising webinars, workshops, and visits to the academic makerspaces in South Africa.
  • Facilitating online discussions and knowledge-sharing forums.
  • Collaborating on research projects and publications.
  • Sharing case studies, resources, and toolkits.
  • Supporting mentoring and peer-learning opportunities.
  • Advocating for policies and funding to advance academic makerspace activities. 

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