Gambiarra Favela Tech is an immersion program in creativity and social innovation for young people from slums and peripheries.
For ten days, participants experience an artistic-technological residence during which they learn to handle with tools and design techniques, electronics, robotics, crafts and handmade artifacts of all kinds. The proposal is connect "high" and "low" technology.
“Gambiologistas are waste collectors. For
them, all that remains is usable: toasters,
printers, iron bars, plates, ribbons and pieces
They revive things, give new meaning
to useless objects and invent machines
Other times, they invent functional machines
that are overcoming everyday adversities."
10 days | 12 young people
40 hours of programming
Theoretical concepts | Practical
exercises | Development of
personal and collective projects |
What is it?
visits to waste dumps |
lectures | discussions |
participation of local
What is it?
Gambiarra Favela Tech is
an immersion program in
creativity and social
innovation for young people
from slums and peripheries.
For ten days, participants
experience an artistic-
during which they learn to
handle with tools and
electronics, robotics, crafts
and handmade artifacts of
all kinds. The proposal is
connect "high" and "low"
What is it?
The program focus on empowering
young people with their skills and
abilities, stimulating artistic
creation and experimenting new
aesthetic languages. It is also our
mission to sensitize these young
people to learn new technologies.
What is it for?
“Gambiologistas are able to revive
devastated things, such as top
scorers that at every feint arouse the
Gambiologistas are dribblers. And
instead of defenders, the opponents
are the daily adversity themselves"
The program consists of:
Exercises focused on creation of ideas (ideation)
Identiﬁcation of problems
3D prototype assembly with cardboard
Practice on poetry and free speech
Visits to e-waste landﬁlls
Production of individual e-waste sculptures
Dynamic activities to stimulate collective work
Affective communication principles
Individual tutoring and technical "training"
Lectures with local producers on:
Remix of individual projects
Creation of collective projects
* Each participant receives a kit of the project.
-Improvised installations (gambiarra): art or need?
-Safety and recycling of electronic waste
-Design for not designers
-Basic electrical appliances and Electronics
-Physical Computation and free technologies
-User’s handbook – kit of the Gambiologista *
"KIT of the Gambiologista"
1 box or handbag
1 diagonal pliers 5"
1 half round pliers 6"
1 precision screwdriver set 31 parts
1 retractable utility knife
1 roll of duct tape 10m (or similar)
1 package of epoxy putty 100g (or similar)
1 roll of plastic wire 30m
1 multi-voltage hot glue gun with reﬁll
1 needle tip soldering iron 110V
1 tin-lead solder sn63pb37
1 package of nylon cable ties
1 digital multimeter with conductivity
1 TV or projector
1 speaker to connect laptop
3 laptops or computers for students (for
programming, managing Arduino,
1x printer paper A4
1x ﬂipchart with paper
4x pen packs for ﬂipchart
5x power strip (4-outlet)
2x permanent markers (writing on CD-
2x electrical extensions
1x heat gun
1x micro rotary tool with accessories
5x Arduinos with USB cable (with LED
lights and wires)
3x colored post-it packages
2x rolls of insulation tape (3m)
2x rolls of masking tape ½”
5m of network cable
20x resistors 1Kohm
The program is intended for young
participants or kids from peripheries and can
be adapted to different contexts.
There may be a selection process carried out
through open call or it can be also focused
on a previous chosen public. The
participants should be interested in putting
their hands dirty, ﬁlled with curiosity about
the universe of artistic creation and open to
the use of all kinds of techniques and
In open call processes, the selection is based
on submission of video, photo and
explanation of a "homemade invention",
which has already been made by the
It is recommended ﬁnancial scholarship for
participants, so they can fully devote to the
program and we can prevent evasion.
And who else?
In addition to the residency, the program
intends to stimulate a network around issues
such as appropriation of new technologies,
new artistic languages, social changes and
empowerment of young people from
Communication is a strategic axis of this
project. So photos and videos will be
recorded and will be available on social
networks of Olabi and Observatório de
The project has also a website and a blog.
Special communication actions can be
Facebook Page: 47.000 fans
Facebook Group: 2.700 members
Instagram Proﬁle: 1.700 followers
Observatório de Favelas
Facebook Page: 60.000 fans
(February 2016 data)
Gambiarra Favela Tech focuses on the
process rather than the products that are
created. Still, "artistic installations" are
conceived, providing material for
collective exhibitions. The pieces may
present a conceptual and artistic character
or they can become useful products.
In addition, young people are engaged in a
project network, which is based on a group
on Facebook and WhatsApp, and they enter
into direct dialogue with other participants.
The program's goal is to promote an
experimental space for creative young
people from peripheries.
The program results are measured from the
narrative feedback from participants and the
successful stories that are collected.
This project stems from the recognition of
the extraordinary creative potential of
invention are made everyday.
As from the democratization of knowledge
about the use of technology, Gambiarra
Favela Tech intends to evoke in young
people a new look at their surroundings
and their own practices, empowering them
as protagonists in the
Who we are
It is a Brazilian social enterprise
focused on the diversity while
promoting the production of new
Gambiarra Favela Tech is an Olabi’s project in
partnership with Observatório de Favelas.
A Brazilian social organization that
produces knowledge and methods of
public actions aimed at overcoming
regional and social inequalities.