The Middle East’s first, “Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad”

YSoft be3D
John McBride
Product Marketing Manager, Y Soft Middle East
Aiming to inspire young student entrepreneurs, the theme of the Olympiad was to ‘Design Your First Consumer Product’ – a theme inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of innovation for Dubai and the UAE. The participants were asked to design a product and 3D print a model of that product which could help them in their everyday lives.
It was a great pleasure to be a part of the very first “Gulf 3D Printing Olympiad” held by Atlab at the Gems Wellington Academy, situated in Silicon Oasis, Academic City, Dubai, UAE on November 19 2016.

Working alongside the main organizers of the event, ATLAB, a technology solutions based company, was a privilege and a huge learning experience.

Representing Y Soft, one of the sponsors and organizers of the event, I was tasked with assisting with the design and development of the event trophies alongside well-known Prague-based designer, Martin Zampach.

Prior to the event, trophy designs were produced on our very own Y Soft be3D eDee 3D print management solution here in Dubai and at the Czech Republic R&D department.

On display at the event, we had a couple of YSoft be3D eDee printers, which helped to give a better understanding of the technology behind 3D printing, and the advantages afforded by our new 3D print management solution.

Right from the start of this inaugural event you could feel the energy in the air as the children, parents and teachers filled the hall, all with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to realize 3D printing’s exciting potential. Over 75 teams, consisting of students between 9 and 16 years old, promised and delivered an impressive event. As one of the judges of the Olympiad event, it wasn’t soon before I was called to my quarters to check out many of the impressive designs and presentations these budding entrepreneurs – indeed, these visionaries - had created.

To say that I was impressed by the participants was an understatement. The effort and professionalism from such a young group of people blew me away. The students were well versed in their presentations, smartly dressed, and confidently shared their personal designs, colorful story boards, 3D CAD production and 3D printed models.

All in all, it was a great day with tons of excitement and lots of interest and enthusiasm boding well for the future of 3D printing.

One particular student who most impressed me, was young Arjun Bhorkar - a student at the Millennium School in Dubai, and winner of the 16-19 age High School category with his multi-functional drinking bottle. Arjun was so professional for his age, complementing his great idea with a nice PowerPoint presentation, story boards and naturally, an impressive 3D printed model. This entrepreneur has a great future.

Looking to the future, ATLAB has also announced that beginning next year, the competition will be extended to other parts of the world. The 3D Printing Olympiad, as it will be called commencing in 2017, will include countries such as the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Poland. National-level competitions will be held in their respective countries and the qualifying teams will present their products at the final round held here in Dubai, UAE.

View the event video.
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John McBride
John McBride
John McBride is a Product Marketing Manager at Y Soft Middle East working and living in Dubai for more than two years. Originally from Manchester UK, John’s background includes technical sales in high level engineering, construction and manufacturing. At Y Soft, he is focused on YSoft be3D printing solutions.
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