He was accompanied by the Namibian Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED), Dr Michael Humavindu, and by the German Ambassador to Namibia, HE Christian Schlaga.
The 15-member delegation, witnessed an exhibition of an assortment of innovative projects, where students and entrepreneurs showcased a range of products such as locally produced drones which aim to provide solutions to the healthcare industry and anti-poaching efforts. The drones can be used to deliver medical supplies to remote areas and they can also be used to monitor and track down poachers.
Another prominent display during the visit was “LARRY”, which is a self-driving autonomous robot rover designed to navigate roads.
Globally, the rise of autonomous vehicles is due to statistical evidence that indicates human error is the major cause of accidents.
Therefore, through developing machines to drive vehicles, human error can be contained, thereby decreasing road carnage.
Silberhorn commended Fablab’s work and the University at large saying that NUST has embraced technological advancement by producing cutting-edge products.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, who led the delegation during the tour, commended the innovative work that the Laboratory is conducting.
The co-founder and Director of FABlab, Kirstin Wiedow, defined the Laboratory as a rapid prototyping sandbox for the development of innovative ideas with the goal to develop more technology based start-ups, thus promoting the local economy.
“Innovators have access to a low-risk but supportive environment in which to develop and exchange ideas with like-minded people. This expands their horizons and pushes their limits,” she said
Other projects that were showcased were the artisans; who have graduated from FABlab’s Intensive Product Development Program and are now well established entrepreneurs. The program was launched in 2015 with the aim to provide mentorship to local entrepreneurs.