The Solidarity FabLabs from Cairo and Tunis have been named winners in the Orange Foundation #Imake4mycity Challenge, which seeks to support young people to integrate the worlds of work and education.
The Egypt FabLab were awarded The Jury’s Prize for Guru Project, a training kit for young people in Egypt.
Faced with the challenge of access to education in their country, the young people from the FabLab had the idea of producing an open source kit to learn how to make a robot very easily.
The Guru Project has educational and digital dimensions. In fact, it would allow a very high number of young people not in education to develop digital skills.
It’s an innovative project to provide access to learning which responds to our priority: using digital technologies for the benefit of people not in education.
On the other hand, the FabLab team from Tunisia won The Web Users’ Prize for their 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. It is an intelligent solution to environmental issues facing cities.
For their work, the Solidarity FabLabs from Cairo and Tunis each received €15,000. Their prizes was presented on April 6 in Paris, France by members of the Orange executive committee.
“While most of the projects are currently in their prototype phase, some of them may become essential items in the cities of tomorrow. It goes to show that, using digital technologies and new collaborative learning models, all young people can become productive, confident, and work towards their choice of future career,” Orange Foundation stated in a statement.
The Orange Foundation seeks to make digital technology, which has become an essential part of society today, an opportunity for everybody. Specializing in digital solidarity, the Foundation operates today with the support of 8,000 committed employees in 30 countries.