GEMSI is an organization committed to the spread of maker and hacker initiatives across the globe. Rooted in the belief that DIY technology empowers people in struggling communities, GEMSI partnered with a young Beirut-based creator named Bilal Ghalib to launch a project in Baghdad.
Ghalib turned to Kickstarter to fund a pilot project in Iraq and raised nearly $30,000 just over a month ago. Yesterday, he shared a project update live from Baghdad to report back on the project’s progress.
The funding allowed Ghalib and his Iraqi collaborators to transform a local café into a pop-up hackerspace, organize workshops on everything from 3D printing to e-textiles, and even create a panoramic Google street view for a downtown park that has long been isolated by nearly a decade of war.
Congratulations to Ghalib and GEMSI on what sounds like a seriously inspiring week in a very difficult place.