1. Global Fab Awards Contest
All projects submitted to this contest will need to be shipped to Barcelona, or manufactured locally in one of the Fab Labs of the city prior to the FAB10 conference.
Functionality and problem solving
How the project is addressing a global or a local problem.
Sustainable practices in the selection of the materials. Recycling, natural source materials.
Documentation and replicability
Instructions and blueprints for other Fab Labs to modify and reproduce the project.
Aesthetics and beauty
Based on the subjective opinion of each of the jury members.
There will be a vote for the public's favourite project. The winner will receive an exclusive award.
2. Fab Lab Ideas Challenge
Has a project emerged from your Fab Lab that has the potential to disrupt development?
Submit your Fab Lab's brightest idea that addresses one of the world's most pressing development challenges. It doesn't have to be a mature project, but it should be specific and refined enough to clearly demonstrate its potential impact.
The World Bank will award 8 of the best ideas with an all-access pass to the entire week of FAB10 events.
3. Sensors for Global Development Contest
USAID and the World Bank are pleased to announce a special Fab Award category: Sensors for Global Development.
Durable, low-cost sensors have the power to provide critical information needed to help improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable people. Maker-created sensor technologies are poised to democratize the collection of local data on key challenges in the developing world such as:
- health (e.g., water quality, indoor air quality, medical diagnostics);
- environment (e.g., air quality, urban sanitation);
- agriculture (e.g., weather, soil moisture);
- infrastructure (e.g., access to flowing water, electricity, telecommunications);
- and more.
We encourage submissions of prototype technologies poised to provide reliable, usable data with a low per-unit cost. Selection criteria will focus primarily on potential for impact across the developing world.
Six award finalists will be highlighted during a special session of the FAB10 conference in Barcelona, with all registration fees waived. (Some additional funds will be available for travel support for finalists who can demonstrate financial need).
All finalists will also be promoted in a "Makers for Global Development" catalog, to be published following the conference.
One award winner will be selected during the Fab10 conference, who will receive $10K for further development of the selected sensor technology.