Fab City Maker Challenge Winners Launch Prototype Phase

Twenty winners of Fab City’s Hamburg Maker Challenge have now entered the prototype pfollowing the launch event on Friday, October 7, 2022. The goal is to making regional and digital manufacturing methods such as 3D printing and laser cutting available to the public and boosting the circular economy. The Maker Challenge had launched a call for ideas and product concepts with social or ecological benefits that could be made in a Fab Lab. Winners include cornering lights for bikes, smart bins and a wheelchair that can climb stairs.

20 prototypes by next February

Each winning team receives a budget of up to 250 euros per prototype and the support of a mentor. The prototypes are to be completed by February 2023 and will be shown to the public at the Maker Expo on March 3-4, 2023. “Having an idea is one thing, but making a prototype is another! I’m very excited about the results and can’t wait to see ‘Made in Hamburg’ products at the Maker Expo,” said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics.

Made in Hamburg

Hamburg joined the global Fab City network in 2019 to boost digital production technologies and encourage manufacturing companies to locate in the city. The Maker Challenge is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). More information can be found on the Fab City Hamburg website.


Virginia C. Taylor