Open Design Afrika Family Makers Day was sponsored by the Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sports and in partnership with the V&A Waterfront and Decorex. ODA hosted a series of live and online events. Most of the online workshops were not live-streamed. 

Welcome to ODA Family Makers Day. On this day we hosted a series of online and in-person workshops, dialogues for the youth, and demonstrations to children and families globally who were eager to explore, experiment, create, innovate and learn more through our virtual and hands-on creative experiences. Family Makers Day is one of ODA’s most popular events and truly a day for family fun and also a day that even friends like to explore and experience together. We always offer an a la cart menu of different makers’ experiences.

When you expose citizens and children of any age to fun creative and playful experiences as we do at Family Makers Day, they will start to develop creative intelligence which includes skills like empathy, emotional intelligence, complex problem solving, critical thinking and so much more. These are vital future-making life skills.

This is why we at Open Design Afrika believe that Collaborative Creative Intelligence is a SUPERPOWER and that every child and citizen should have the right to develop it. In the past when we could still host our ODA festival, many children and adults from disadvantaged communities have for instance experienced the magic combo of creativity and technology like stop animation or virtual reality at our Family Makers Day for the very first time and it is always incredible to see how profound and life-changing these experiences are for them. 


Opening and interviews were conducted by impact entrepreneur and MC of ODA Family Makers Day, Ellen Fischat, and CEO of ODA, Suné Stassen.


  • Captain FanPlastic team (SA)
  • Anita Bloom, Creative Director at Decorex Africa (SA)
  • Srini Srinivasan, President of World Design Organisation (WDO) (California)
  • MyMachine SA team
  • Dr. Ralitsa Debrah  (Ghana) & Chris Pandolfi (Canada) from WDO’s Young Designers Circle
  • Hector Grimaldo from XTalks and Dreamland Eco English (Vietnam)



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