Make A Difference is an idea challenge for everyone. It aims towards making a social and ecological impact based on the open source principles.
"MAKE a difference" is a project of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and the Institute of Production Engineering at the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) in Hamburg.

About the Challenge

Are you ready to make a difference?

The aim of the idea challenge is to enhance creativity, openness and knowledge exchange between students, makers, labs, engineers, designers, and other technology developers irrespective of their technological proficiencies. Moreover, Make A Difference will provide an opportunity for nine (9) selected participants from around the world to develop their ideas into physical product by visiting our fabrication laboratory (OLab Hamburg) for a weeklong development workshop. Lastly, Make A Difference includes the chance to utilize the full potential of FabLabs, increasing the visibility of FabLabs, as well as taking the first practical steps to foster a twinning strategy between all innovation stakeholders.

What are we looking for?

Make A Difference will be focused on ideas that provide solutions that are of social and ecological impact. The following are the focus areas of this year’s challenge:

  • Needs of Refugees
  • Health
  • Education
  • Ecological sustainability

Judging Criterion

All submissions will be rated by the community using a fair and safe online voting functionality. We reserve us the right to prevent voting anomalies and cheating.


The faces behind MAKE a difference

Tobias Redlich is member of the AGYA Innovation Working Group, Head of OpenLab Hamburg and senior researcher at HSU.

Jens Wulfsberg is Head of the Institute of Production Engineering at HSU

Babasile Daniel is a member of OpenLab Hamburg, and a PhD candidate at the Institute for Production Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies at HSU.

Henda Mahmoudi is an AGYA member. She is a scientist with vast experience in plant physiology (Ecophysiology).

Sonja Buxbaum-Conradi is a member of the OpenLab Hamburg and an interdisciplinary research fellow at HSU.