Some might dismiss the Maker movement as a mere hobby of the geeky and privileged, and a certain level of tech-hype skepticism is always healthy. But the open DIY hacker ethos it represents can prove powerful and possibly transformative in less-privileged regions of the world. A stunning example of this emerged from the Maker Faire Africa, held this week in Lagos, Nigeria. Four teenage girls built a power generator fueled by urine, producing six hours of electricity from one liter of pee. As Morgan Clendaniel at Co.Exist notes, this prototype project requires power to separate hydrogen from the urine, so this concept is a long way from being deployed to African villages. But it remains a remarkable proof of concept, demonstrating how the Maker movement could help empower disadvantaged communities to hack their own solutions to their most pressing issues.
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