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Car Culture and Everyday Engineering in Cuba

February 17, 2016
By Jarrod Whaley
Image credit: Hackaday.com

Kristina Panos of Hackaday underlines the extent to which engineering smarts have woven their way into Cubano culture as a result of the long economic separation from the rest of the Western world:

The spirit of hacking takes many forms. We cobble things together to make our lives easier, to prove that a drawing-board theory will work, or just to have fun and explore. For the people of Cuba, hacking is a necessity. This is especially true when it comes to getting around. Transportation has been a big problem for decades, especially in the major cities. But the resourcefulness of Cuba’s citizens has fueled a revolution of creativity that has sparked imaginations and kept people moving.

Modern Cubanos just know how to fix things, largely because they've not had much of a choice in the matter until recently. We can't help but imagine that within all of that ingenuity there must lie a dormant entrepreneurial spirit just waiting for an opportunity to make a mark on the world. With the help of our friends at Roots of Hope, we'd like to be a part of making that opportunity a reality.