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[Closes 1 June 2017] Make a Difference Challenge

Make A Difference is an idea challenge hosted by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and the Institute of Production Engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg. It aims towards making a social and ecological impact based on the open source principles.

The aim of the idea challenge is to enhance creativity, openness and knowledge exchange between students, makers, labs, engineers, designers, and other technology developers irrespective of their technological proficiency. Moreover, Make A Difference will provide an opportunity for nine (9) selected participants from around the world to develop their ideas into physical product by visiting our fabrication laboratory (OLab Hamburg) for a week-long development workshop. Lastly, Make A Difference includes the chance to utilise the full potential of FabLabs, increasing the visibility of FabLabs, as well as taking the first practical steps to foster a winning strategy between all innovation stakeholders. 

Deadline for applications is the 1st of June 2017.


Ideas for applications

Make A Difference will be focused on ideas that provide solutions that are of social and ecological impact. The following are the focus areas of this year’s challenge:

  • Needs of Refugees
  • Health
  • Education
  • Ecological sustainability


Selection Criteria

The selection criteria for the idea challenge are as follows:

  • Impact level
  • Creativity
  • Ability to be manufactured in a FabLab
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility


Judging Criterion

All submissions will be rated by the community through fair and safe online voting. Make a Difference reserve the right to prevent voting anomalies and cheating.


For more information, or to enter the competition, please click here.

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