Launch of the Solidarity FabLab Challenge 2018/2019!

All systems are go for the Solidarity FabLabs International Challenge 2018! The theme for this year is sustainable development in our daily lives. The challenge for young people is to come up with sustainable and concrete solutions (an object, a prototype, an application) at the FabLab over a few weeks. These solutions are ones that anybody can implement and use in their daily lives. It’s an individual and collaborative challenge to show skills in the digital sector! #Imake4MyCity is gone!

 

 

Helping young people in difficulty to integrate through a challenge

Like the two first contests, our challenge is aimed at young people in difficulty that we are training in digital manufacturing free-of-charge at our Solidarity FabLabs. This is the occasion for them to show the whole world what they have learnt, even if they have left school or do not have any diplomas. Since 2014, we have been supporting young people in difficulty at our Solidarity FabLabs. With no qualifications or jobs, they have learnt how to use digital manufacturing to design and create inventions, each more ingenious than the other, all at no charge and in a collaborative manner. It’s an alternative, welcoming and innovative training scheme for them to regain self-confidence and to discover their talents.
We support 73 Solidarity FabLabs in 2018. Our network will have 88 Solidarity FabLabs in 2019. The Solidarity FabLabs offer a new chance for professional integration, outside of traditional routes.

 

A challenge that stimulates young people’s creativity and demonstrates their talent

After 2016 and 2017, this #Imake4MyCity challenge puts a spotlight on the young people who go to the Solidarity FabLabs supported by our foundation. Each year, a new topic sparks their creativity and the interest of the professional world. This new edition is particularly focused on developing new practices in line with sustainable development, on raising awareness and becoming active in being more respectful of the environment on a daily basis, by making it possible for everyone to limiting their environmental impact. Showing that digital technology also helps to develop a more innovative and inclusive society.

 

Projects in preparation, and in competition, for 2019!

The challenge is about to be launched among the Solidarity FabLabs teams! Only a few weeks remain until 16th November 2018, the deadline for developing and proposing a project to our selection committee. The Solidarity FabLabs are eligible for three prizes:

  • the Jury’s Grand Prize
  • the “Favourite” Prize
  • the “Online” Prize, where web users from across the world will be able to vote for their favourite project on fondationorange.com.

The prizes will be awarded at a celebration in Paris on 24th January 2019.

 

 

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