After looking at the blacksmithing techniques available to the Lebialem people, Cassie developed a flat sheetmetal approach to forming our universal connector product. Involving many 2D cardboard mockups and concept testing, the flatpack method allows the blacksmith to cutout a predrawn pattern on sheetmetal and roll/fold out the universal connectors without any need for welding (removal of a secondary process)!
This year's annual March Madness for the Mind 2010 event was luckily held here in local San Francisco (Exploratorium). It's a fantastic event which brings together the many creative social solutions supported by the NCIIA organization, all for a grand event and show for the public venue. We had a great time and got incredible feedback on improvements and other organizations that could assist the 'next steps' of our project!
A final set of prototypes and disposable cameras (with postage) were left with our LECDA (NGO) representative to allow Lebialem people to come borrow/use/improve the universal connector products.
We had the amazing opportunity to see all the local villages come together for a memorial celebration and performance, including the unique cultural dances of each village.