Started in 2012, the Benin Summer School is one of the social initiatives started up by Materialise. Located in Papané, Benin, the idea behind the program is to select the three best students of the region – and then support these students financially throughout their university studies. The goal is to stimulate the local economy by giving its brightest young citizens the tools to build up useful businesses that last. We work together with a local NGO, Hubi and Vinciane, who helps the two volunteers from Materialise work with the students for two weeks on a project they need to develop and present in order to get selected as part of the final three. Meet Jonas and Dorina, who volunteered to teach the summer school this year.
Wakati by Arne Pauwels solves an age old problem in an efficient way. In hot climates, fruit and vegetables start to wilt as soon as they are picked. But putting refrigeration out on the fields to slow down this process would be extremely expensive and wasteful. Instead of wondering how to keep produce cool, Arne Pauwels, a young Belgian product developer, rethought this entire problem and asked: What exactly happens in produce that makes it spoil?
Now that you've read our previous blog post and learned about the Benin Summer School and how the 8 students in the summer school were selected, here’s a bit more information on some of the projects a few of the students are working on.