Mustafa Naseem – Make-i-stan: Makerspaces for collaboration

Please join us tomorrow at Change for a talk by Mustafa Naseem from CU Boulder’s ATLAS Institute.  Mustafa will be talking about makerspaces in Pakistan.

What:  Make-i-stan: Makerspaces as a tool to spur cross-disciplinary collaboration.

When:  Tuesday,  October 24

Where: The Allen Center, CSE 203


Pakistan has an education emergency – 6.7 million Pakistanis aged 5-9 are not enrolled in primary school. At the secondary level, the number of out-of-school children jumps to 25 million, with only 39 percent of boys and 29 percent of girls enrolled. The system of education discourages critical thinking and lacks opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. This talk presents findings from Make-i-stan, a makerspace that welcomes interdisciplinary collaboration and critical thinking through learning by doing in an informal setting.



Mustafa Naseem is a Pakistani educator, social entrepreneur and ICTD Expert in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute. Prior to joining CU Boulder, Naseem was the founding director of the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) in Lahore, Pakistan. Mustafa has worked with the MIT Global Startup Labs (formerly MIT AITI) South Africa Program, the Deming Center Venture Fund (DCVF) and the International Development Design Summit (IDDS). Mustafa’s interests lie at the intersection of technology, policy and entrepreneurship geared towards solving global development challenges. Mustafa was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder where his work focused on Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).