Egypt, Tunisia, France: the three #Imake4mycity challenge winners

The #Imake4mycity challenge prizes were awarded at 8pm on Wednesday 6 April, in Paris. The winning projects were from the Solidarity FabLabs in Cairo, Tunis, Parthenay, and Toulouse, which will each receive 15,000 Euros.
 

ceremony prize challenge #Imake4mycity

The Jury’s Prize

This was awarded for a training kit for young people in Egypt

A five person jury awarded this prize to the Egypt FabLab for their Guru Project. Faced with the challenge of access to education in their country, the young people from the FabLab had the idea of making an open source kit to learn how to make a robot very easily. The jury was won over by the educational and digital dimensions of this project, which would allow large numbers of young school drop-outs to develop digital skills. This innovative project to provide access to learning is in line with our priority: using digital technologies for the benefit of people who have left school.

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Guru Project, the Cairo Solidarity FabLab project.
team Guru Project I make 4 my city prize challenge #Imake4mycity
The Guru Project Team.

 

The Web Users’ Prize

For a connected object which measures pollution levels in Tunis

Over the course of a month - from 1 March to 4 April - 20,000 of you voted to show your support for the projects. In the end, the Web Users’ Prize went to the Solidarity FabLab in Tunis for its Smart Khadra project. The FabLab team produced a connected object to measure the effects of pollution in Tunis and visualize them using online and mobile applications. This project, which is an intelligent solution to the environmental issues facing cities, received tremendous online support.

Project Smart Khadhra prize challenge #Imake4mycity
Smart Khadra is a connected object to visualize pollution.
team FabLab Solidarity Tunisia project Smart Khadhra prize #Imake4mycity
The Tunis Solidarity FabLab Team.

 

The Orange Foundation Favourites Prize

Toulouse and Parthenay joint winners!

We have awarded the Favourites prize to two joint winners: Parth’Lab, the Solidarity FabLab in Parthenay, and Artilect, the Solidarity FabLab in Toulouse.
Smart Checkers, created by the Parth’Lab team, was rewarded for its originality and usefulness for the visually impaired. It is a checkers board made accessible using digital technology. Two people - whether visually impaired or not - can use the board to play in person or online. This impressive project demonstrates the potential of digital technologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
In Toulouse, the young people from the Artilect FabLab made Clean Up, an environmental robot which collects plastic waste from the Garonne. What attracted us to this project was its universal dimension. If it is replicated, Clean Up could be used in polluted rivers and waterways, and even help to protect the oceans.

photo team Parth'Lab project Smart Checkers prize #Imake4mycity
The connected gameboard Smart Checkers
photo team Artilect project Clean Up prize foundation orange #Imake4mycity
Artilect and Parthlab have both received the favorite of the Foundation.

 

The fact that these four projects were awarded prizes does not, of course, diminish the other projects developed by young people as part of the challenge. All of them reflect the creativity and talent of the young people who work in the Solidarity FabLabs. For the most part, these young people do not have qualifications and are not in education. While most of the projects are currently in their prototype phase, some of them may become essential items in the cities of tomorrow.

Clear proof that, thanks to digital technologies and new collaborative learning models, all young people can become productive, confident, and work towards their choice of future career.

 

 

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