Attendees of next month's Maker Faire Africa will be able to register their attendance by text message, thanks to a clever hack by Henry Barnor and Henry Addo, two Ghanaian developers. In the true spirit of Maker Faire, the two Henry's have built the system using a phone with a Zain SIM card connected to a laptop running FrontlineSMS. When the software receives an SMS it sends the data via HTTP to a python web application running on Google’s App Engine infrastructure, where it's processed and a registration code sent out to the originating handset. It's another great use of the software and kudos goes out to the guys behind it. You can read their full post here.
Maker Faire Africa (MFA), a celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention, will take place between August 14th and 16th at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Ghana's capital, Accra. Wish I could be there. :(