Media Advisory | September 6, 2017
The U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg invites young innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives to submit entries for the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio 3D Design Challenge, which started September 1, 2017.
The competition challenges entrants to design a household water-saving solution using 3D technology and use the 3D printers at the Soweto-based Library’s Innovation Studio for the final submission. While entrants do not have to be residents of Soweto or Gauteng, all contestants must be members of the Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio to be eligible. Membership is free and applications must be submitted in person at the library, which is located in the Ipelegeng Community Center, 1283 Phera & Dlamini Streets, White City, Jabavu, Soweto, Gauteng 1809.
Prizes include a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D printer (1st prize), a Solid Edge Fundamentals Training Voucher Course (2nd prize) and a 3Dconnexion Space Navigator 3D navigational device (3rd prize). The technology product distribution and training services company, Solid Edge Technology, along with the U.S. Consulate General, will judge entries after the competition closes on April 30, 2018.
Complete contest guidelines will be available at Rosa Parks Library. Follow “Rosa Parks Library – Soweto” on Facebook for additional information.
U.S. Consul General Mike McCarthy described the 3D challenge as “a unique opportunity for young emerging designers to apply their talents to solving real-world problems that many people face in South Africa and around the globe. Who knows? Today’s challenge might be a first step toward tomorrow’s solution to sustainable water conservation efforts. We are committed to offering enhanced educational opportunities through our Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio and think this 3D design challenge is a fun and creative way to motivate young designers to think broadly about how their skills can benefit their communities.”
Jared de Waal, a Business Development Manager at Solid Edge Technology said “there is no better way to give our youth confidence than by giving them the means and knowledge to grow their design skills. By partnering with the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, we have an opportunity to increase the technology and engineering skills among the youth through the Rosa Park Library & Innovation Studio at no cost to these individuals. We are very proud and excited to be working with the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg and feel this initiative can greatly add to STEM education across South Africa.”
About Rosa Parks Library’s Innovation Studio
Since its launch in January 2015, the Rosa Parks Library’s Innovation Studio has provided young South Africans with enhanced educational opportunities for acquiring computer-based skills to make them more competitive in the job market and enhance their entrepreneurial pursuits. From presenting graphic design and photography short courses in its earlier days, the Innovation Studio has developed into a dynamic makerspace and hub for budding entrepreneurs. Rosa Parks Library has been operational for four decades and is situated at the Ipelegeng Community Centre in White City, Jabavu, Soweto.
For more information please contact U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Public Affairs Officer, Anthony Deaton: DeatonAA@state.gov