AIM 2019 Speakers

Conference and Workshop Speakers


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Roy Ombatti

Founder and CEO

Happy Feet Footwear & AB3D, Kenya


I have a Mechanical Engineering background and I was affiliated to Fablab Nairobi
during my time as a student. I am passionate about technology, making and
innovation especially when geared towards social impact and development. I am a
Stanford Fablearn Fellow; a cohort of maker educators from around the world due to
my involvement with the Fablab Robotics Outreach program. The program taught
making to children with a primary focus on the less privileged kids from the slums in
Nairobi. I am an alumnus of the International Development Design Summit (IDDS)
having participated in 2013 and helped organised it in 2014 and 2016. I also organized
IDDS - Design for Development (D4D) workshops around the world together with other
IDDS alumni. Currently, I am the founder and CEO of AB3D (African Born 3D Printing),
a hardware social enterprise that creates easy and affordable access to 3D printing
through the local manufacture of 3D printers from recycled electronic waste parts.
This was inspired by the 'Happy Feet' project which leverages 3D printing to make
customized and bespoke shoes for people with deformed feet as a result of the jigger
sand flea menace. I have been named one of Impact Design Hub's Top 40 Under 40
awardees.


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