“Sport for all” is the theme of the 2017 edition. The aim is to show what young people without qualifications can do after undergoing training at our Solidarity FabLabs.
Open to our 60 Solidarity FabLabs, the competition this year supports the values of sharing and excellence embodied by Paris’ bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.
An original solidarity initiative
Following the success of the 2016 edition, the Solidarity FabLabs network is taking part for the second time in the international digital manufacturing competition. Focusing on digital education, this year we are asking the Solidarity FabLabs teams in France and 11 other countries to come up with digital solutions (devices, prototypes, applications, etc.) to facilitate sport for those without access to facilities for economic, health or simply geographic reasons. A supportive initiative to reveal the potential of young people in difficulty hosted and trained for free by our Solidarity FabLabs.
Three prizes up for grabs, including a special prize for Paris 2024
At the end of May, the digital projects put forward by the Solidarity FabLabs will be chosen and put to a vote in three categories each rewarded with a prize of €15,000:
- The Orange Foundation judges’ prize
- The web users’ prize
- The Paris 2024 special prize based on the partnership between Orange and the Paris 2024 Olympic bid, reflecting the momentum for international sports through the Olympic Games.
The three prizes will reward the best projects to promote sport everywhere and for all, encourage diversity in sport, change the way society views disability, and reduce inequality. The prizes will be awarded on 6 July at the Orange Velodrome in Marseille.
The Solidarity FabLabs challenge, showcasing dynamic young people in reintegration
As Brigitte Audy, Orange Foundation General Secretary, explains, “We want to encourage creativity in young people who have missed out on digital opportunities. We believe the FabLabs can bring out the talent of the future. The “I make 4 my city” Challenge is a showcase of all that these young people without qualifications and in difficulty are able to create with digital technology, through collaborative supervision and a support network designed for their needs. We want to give them the visibility they deserve in France and around the world.”.
The young people work as a team under the supervision of the FabLab manager, using the FabLabs tools: 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, digital sewing machine, milling machine, thermoforming, specialist software and other more traditional tools.
The challenge is aimed at:
- young people supported by Orange Foundation Solidarity FabLabs, aged 12 to 25, who have dropped out of school with no qualifications.
- all the Orange Foundation Solidarity FabLabs, including 38 in France and 22 abroad.
What is the aim of the competition?
The objective is to put the spotlight on a totally new method of learning and to provide a springboard for young people without qualifications. Their creations showcase the digital skills they have acquired at the FabLabs and their ability to work as a team. They are part of an innovative vocational pathway. For this year’s challenge, we wanted to promote the emerging talents to the public and professionals: companies, distributors, local authorities, teachers, the media, etc.