Mumbai, India – La Fondation Dassault Systèmes (Dassault Systemes Foundation) in India announced the winners of the yearlong program ‘Made in 3D - Seed The Future Entrepreneurs,’ which aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship amongst students by introducing them to product design, 3D digital technologies, 3D printing, and product promotion, as well as to the culture of ‘makers’ and startups.
The event concluded with an award ceremony in the presence of Ramanan Ramanathan, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission, Additional Secretary NITI Aayog, Government of India, serving as the Chief Guest, Sonia Barbry, Consule Generale, De France, Bombay, and Dr Olivier Fudym, Attaché for Scientific and Academic Cooperation as Guests of Honour.
After two days of playful competition during which 60 students aged 12-16, along with 20 teachers, organized into 10 fabricated startups launched their dream products in the presence of the jury members, industry leaders and the audience. Muktangan Exploratory Science Center-Pune was awarded the 1st prize for their revolutionary product ‘Handitizer,’ an easy-to-use sanitizer roll-on.
BRIE’s BlueRidge Public School-Pune secured the 2nd position for their ‘Powerkit,’ a multi-faceted kit with every essential item ranging from sanitizer to mask cabinet and zero touch key. Dr Kalmadi Shamrao High School, Baner-Pune received the third prize for their product ‘StandAx,’ an innovative product specifically developed to provide vital body rest during long hours of standing.
Each team was expected to work as if they were a real startup. The students conceptualized their dream product, designed, and manufactured it, created their marketing campaigns and launched their product during the program finale. They used new and innovate collaboration tools, specialized 3D design software and 3D printing technology. They created physically tangible products, with every product aiming to add value to the user and society. Participating students led the entire process of creation, from the early design to the marketing of their product, with the help of promotional videos, mailers, and communication campaigns.
The teachers and students were provided a variety of trainings and were mentored by technical experts on several technology topics. Dassault Systèmes experts as well as external domain specialists conducted a series of workshops for all the teams. One of the program’s most critical aspects was the pairing of Indian and French school students and teachers, which was well received by the teacher community. The successful program demonstrated new avenues for assisting a new generation of students in their future preparation. This was evidenced by the high quality of work generated by these young innovators and by the feedback the foundation received from school founders, directors, and principals, and from parents.
Image Caption: Muktangan Exploratory Science Center – Team Dynamie share their joy post announcement of the winners of Seed the Future Enterprenuers Program.
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