Vote Nerve Centre's FabFarm for Tech4Good People's Award

Vote Nerve Centre's FabFarm for Tech4Good People's Award

Nerve Centre’s innovative ‘FabFarm’ project has been announced as a finalist for this year’s Tech4Good Awards, celebrating businesses, charities and individuals who use digital technology to make the world a better place.

Developed by the Nerve Centre’s FabLab, FabFarm is a digital aquaponic farm that is designed, built and operated as a social enterprise by disabled students in Derry~Londonderry. It uses new and emerging technologies to help empower, engage and inspire young people with special educational needs to develop new skills which are directly focused upon their employability in the digital marketplace.

Students do an accredited training programme in Digital Fabrication & Design. Building a commercial aquaponic farming unit, the students then grow produce to sell to local restaurants.

Digital Fabrication technologies, like 3D printing, are rapidly impacting upon the employment market but accredited training still relatively rare. The FabFarm project addresses this directly with an area of the workforce that suffers from chronic unemployment.

The project combines high-end digital skills with STEM learning and real-world enterprise skills, empowering marginalised young people to deliver tomorrow’s food today. The public-facing element of this project is one of its key strengths. Students go to artisan food markets, with their mobile aquaponics unit and have found the general public very keen to understand both aquaponics and digital fabrication.

Funded by Comic Relief, almost 100 young people were involved in the region’s first social enterprise aquaponic digital farm, from initial concept, design to build and maintenance.     

You can help FabFarm win the 2017 People’s Award by voting here or by tweeting/ retweeting with the hashtag #T4GFabFarm. Voting closes 5pm on July 7 and you can vote as much as you like.

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