Fab City Hamburg presents winners of product ideas contest

Winners of “Maker Challenge” include wastewater heat exchangers and stair-climbing wheelchairs

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, honored Friday (June 17, 2022) the winners of Fab City’s Maker Challenge. The contest sought ideas for products with social or ecological benefit and that can be manufactured in a Fab Lab. The winners include bend lighting for bicycles, smart dustbins and a wheelchair that can climb stairs. A Fab Lab is an open workshop with such devices as 3D printers and laser cutters. Hamburg joined the global Fab City network in 2019 to boost digital production technologies and encourage manufacturing companies to settle in the city.

20 ideas honored

“The Fab Lab offers great opportunities for turning around the products of tomorrow. Everyone can become the inventor and help shape things creatively. The ideas presented by the contestants in the Maker Challenge are impressive, “” Westhagemann remarked. The winners had previously been selected by a jury vote in which almost 30,000 votes were submitted. The winners secured one of 20 places for the prototyping phase. Special prizes went to outstanding ideas. Martin Peters, for instance, scooped the “Innovation Award” for a wastewater heat exchanger designed to recycle residual heat and save energy. Alireza Abbasimoshaei won the “Social Innovation Award” for the inexpensive and simple wheelchair that can be used to climb stairs.

Ideas to become real products

Dr. Tobias Redlich of Helmut Schmidt University and Chair of Fab City Hamburg e. V., stressed: “A digital infrastructure for local production needs that can be built, further developed and sold. The winning ideas will be turned into real products when the prototyping phase begins in autumn at the Fab Lab. The prototypes are due to go on show at the Maker Expo in March 2023 in Hamburg.
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