We support 45 Solidarity FabLabs in France and worldwide.

In 2021/2022 our network will support even more young people in difficulty using digital technology. To take it a step further, during our selection committee, we focused on particularly creative projects that will integrate responsible digital uses and awareness of sustainable development into their training courses. We are convinced of the ability of the FabLabs to develop critical thinking and contribute to a more sustainable world.

New projects in France, Europe and Africa

In France, we have chosen 34 projects: Twelve projects come from Solidarity FabLabs already supported by the Foundation, and 22 are from FabLabs set to join the network of Solidarity FabLabs.
Worldwide, 11 projects were supported. They are spread over eight countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Spain, Poland, Guinea Conakry, Romania, Slovakia and Tunisia.
We will support the projects with a total funding of €1 million.
They will benefit more than 9,400 young people in difficulty!

 

 

Some emblematic projects focusing on sustainable development

At the Fabulerie Solidarity Fablab, young people use Fablab resources to teach other young people about the environment. A 28-hour discovery cycle of digital FabLab practices and a 4-day sprint are organized to collectively prototype with 30 young people aged 16 to 25 and digital and environmental professionals.

In the Pays Foyen Solidarity FabLab, the objective is to teach young job seekers with little or no qualifications about 3D printing techniques with a view to creating local jobs. The FabLab is working in particular on a production relocation program with the UNIGAIA association in the field of water and the local production of fountains.

The Bagneux Solidarity FabLab will focus its workshops on raising awareness of sustainable development. The programs will be carried out in accordance with responsible and inclusive digital practices. They will be offered to young people aged 14 to 25, enrolled in or out of traditional training circuits. They will be able to attend workshops and training in the use of machines and tools, data research, design and cooperation, and manufacturing/prototyping.

The #Grav’FABLAB! (Solidarity FabLab) is an extraordinary toolbox for discovering the world, building confidence in your abilities, and projecting yourself into the future. This characteristic is in part made possible by the great diversity of technologies and know-how that can be experienced there.
The common thread of the courses offered to young people aged 16 to 25 is also the awareness of sustainable development through several projects such as the creation of an educational greenhouse and a Repair Café for local residents.

The Bilbao Solidarity FabLab (Spain) together with the young people it welcomes, is looking at ways to recycle waste and parts made by 3D printers. In this process, plastic is mainly used as a raw material and a large amount of waste is generated. The project plans to work on an R&D process to provide a solution to the problem using the FabLab space. The team’s aim is to achieve a circular economy without waste.

 

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