Published on 17 April 2023

Aqua Makers: dive into the 2023 Solidarity FabLabs challenge!

Find out the results of our international digital fabrication challenge taken on by 13 teams of young jobseekers who have received free training in one of our 200 solidarity FabLabs. Over several months, they have designed and created innovative water-related solutions by using the digital tools in our FabLabs. It is an individual and collective challenge that allows them to develop and promote their skills.


Developing digital skills for a vital cause

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The aim this year is to arouse the interest of the professional world by developing practical solutions to water issues.

All the solutions are prototyped using FabLab tools and directly address UN Sustainable Development Goal number 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”

It is an opportunity for the vulnerable young jobseekers to put into practice their digital skills while supporting a vital cause for our planet.

13 teams selected for the final

We have already shortlisted 13 teams from 9 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for the quality of their project. They are now competing against one another and three finalists, including an overall winner, will be selected in May.

Vote for your favorite project online!

You have until May 26 to vote for your favorite project online at One team will receive the Web Users’ Prize, while the other two teams will receive the Jury’s Grand Prize and the “Favorite” Prize awarded by the Orange Foundation. The three winning teams will each receive €10,000 to finalize and professionalize their project.

The final: the moment of truth

The three finalists will also be judged online. The Orange Foundation & ChangeNOW will reveal the overall winner at the global event for the planet that will be held in Paris on May 26. The winning team will be revealed on stage by Orange Foundation and ChangeNOW leaders and will receive coaching and assistance to accelerate the technical, industrial or commercial development of their prototype.

A challenge for jobs of the future

Our challenge is aimed at vulnerable young jobseekers aged 16-25 attending free digital training workshops at our Solidarity FabLabs and in our Solidarity Third Places. It is a unique opportunity for these young people to show what they can do and to stand out, despite not having a qualification or employment. Since 2014, we have offered them alternative, welcoming and innovative training so that they can rebuild their self-confidence and prepare for the jobs of the future.