Virtual Africa Alert: Help create and art and technology center in Cameroons West Africa

Dear Colleague

This is to bring your attention, and solicit your crowd-funding support, for an unusual and worthwhile art/technology project in.. Cameroons Africa.

Yvan Tina, who runs our Virtual Africa channel on Creative Disturbance (  http://creativedisturbance.org/channel/virtual-africa/ ) has

done a podcast with Al Banda who were were put in touch with through Ira Greenberg here in Texas- through the ‘processing’ computer language community.

Here is what Am Banda Tells us

The crowdfunding campaign is at:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chessmate-evolution-of-chess-into-digital-art

Band says:

Our goal is to promote the value of interdisciplinary learning by combining logical thinking with art and technology. However, we have plans that go beyond growing ChessMate as a tool to this end. We want to establish a cultural innovation center in Cameroon (where the project was developed) to serve as a community hub and recreational space for volunteer programs, creative development projects and, of course, Chess

From: Al Banda <al.banda624@gmail.com>
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I’m just writing to inform you that we have just launched a crowdfunding campaign for ChessMate (the chess/digital art project) and want to use the funds to set up a cultural/innovation center here in Buea, Cameroon. I would really appreciate if you supported the campaign in anyway possible: donations, spreading the word, and providing ideas. We’re also planning to use the campaign to organize a ChessMate exhibition later this year.
This would be something great for our community back here and there would be lots of creative projects coming out. Thank you for your time and hope to hear back from you.
Best regards,

Al Banda @TribeOfLions |

​ Skype: al.banda |​

The Endgame

Our goal is to promote the value of interdisciplinary learning by combining logical thinking with art and technology. However, we have plans that go beyond growing ChessMate as a tool to this end. We want to establish a cultural innovation center in Cameroon (where the project was developed) to serve as a community hub and recreational space for volunteer programs, creative development projects and, of course, Chess. Contact us to find out more about this initiative but, most importantly, join us on this journey by taking action now.

 

Kaleido Hub: http://www.kaleido.rocks/KaleidoHub/
home of creative projects

We believe that a great recipe for innovative projects is a mix of technology, cultural and recreational activities, and an entrepreneurial mindset. One of our pipeline projects,48 Lamps, exemplifies this by transforming kerosene lanterns into pieces of art in order to subsidize the cost of solar lamps for underprivileged communities.

We’re based in Cameroon, the melting pot of Africa, and thus a place of inspirational energy. Our pledge to ourselves is that we will always strive to find culturally contextualized solutions and never hesitate to think out of the box to make it happen.

 

Help on the crowdfunding campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/chessmate-evolution-of-chess-into-digital-art
Roger Malina