The inaugural 3D4D Challenge, run by London based tech charity Techfortrade, which aims to find the best ideas for using 3DPrinting to help deliver social benefits in the developing world, has announced has announced it’s finalists for the prize of $100,000, including:
An off-grid 3DPrinting system, which recycles plastic bags to produce tools for local farmers
Solar lamps created from used plastic Coke bottles using 3DPrinted ‘bottle caps’ and attachments for the charger, battery and PCB components.
3DPrinted shoes produced from recycled plastic to be worn by individuals suffering from foot deformities due to the growing problem of jigger fly infestation in order to prevent further deterioration.
Each of the finalists will receive $1000 and access to expert mentors in order to develop their projects in the run up to the competition final, which will take place at this year’s London 3DPrintshow on the 19th October.
“The standard of entries for the 3D4D Challenge has been exceptional, especially as this is the first time we’ve done this. The judging process was tough and we are certain the finalists will help to inspire future innovation.”
– William Hoyle, CEO of Techfortrade
THAT 3D4D BRIEF…
Do you have a transformational idea that could leverage 3D printing technologies to deliver real social benefits in the developing world?
Would you welcome the chance to work with great people to develop your idea further?
Better still, could your idea steal the $100,000 prize in our international challenge?