Talk, Essays and Awards


Emer has  spoken at conferences such as Picnic, Better World by DesignTEDx Amsterdam and International Education Entertainment.
about her work at Butterfly Works, co-creation and innovative education methods in developing countries..

she also curated a conference at Picnic,  Surprising Africa with speakers such as Ethan Zuckerman, Eric Hersman, Gisel Hiscock, Binyavanga Wainaina, Younghee Jung, Zina Saro-Wiwa and Francis Kwere.

and in 2009 and 2010 co-organised Maker Faire Africa in Accra and Nairobi respectively.

Online Articles from 2011 and 2012

Co-Creation Method @ Butterfly Works

The Global Butterfly Effect, LabKultuur

Title: Inspiration by example, European Lab for Culture,

To engage means to Create, WE Magazine – Collective Action

GetH2O Game, mobile, board , A Case Study – Mobile Active

Serious Toys for ‘Practical Idealists’

Using 10 Tactics in Cambodia

Butterfly Works in 2020 (Dutch)


With projects at Butterfly Works and NairoBits, we won a number of nominations and awards, and institutional funding, to name

Japan Prize, Finalist with GetH2O Games, 2012.

MDG Award, Kenya, for Nairobits, 2011

Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 5 year structural fund award, 2010

SWIFT Finalist with GetH2O Game, 2008.

Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 5 year structural fund award, 2006

The Stockholm Challenge finalist for NairoBits, 2006.

US Tech awards Nominee for Butterfly Works, 2006.

WSIS Youth Awards for Nairobits, 2005.

BID challenge Winner for ‘I Live Here’ book series, 2005.

Golden Nica Award, Prix Ars Electronica and UN, for ‘the World Starts with Me’, 2004.

APC Hafkin award South Africa for NairoBits, 2002.

World Bank innovative ICT solutions for NairoBits, 2000.

At the UN award ceremony in 2004, with Ineke Aquarius, Hester Ezra and Alex Okwaput

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