3D Africa COVID-19 Designathon

Designathon Program from 3D Africa

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is upending lives around the world—equally in developed and developing countries. Knowing that the worst is yet to come, experts are bracing for potentially devastating impacts throughout the African continent.

One thing Africa has going for it in the face of COVID-19 is its youthful population, with the median age under 20. Only three percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is older than 60. The 3D Africa COVID-19 Designathon is calling young people on the continent, designers and enthusiasts to contribute by using technology to design a simple product that can be used to fight this deadly pandemic.

3D Africa is a program of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) program. 3D Africa is upskilling a generation young makers who are using disruptive technologies to create solutions to problems in their communities. 3D Africa students learn Human Centered Design, software programming, hardware engineering, Computer-Aided Design while developing innovative, user-centric products to move the continent from “aid to Africa” to “made in Africa”.

To participate in the virtual COVID-19 Designathon, kindly follow the guidelines below.


    1. 1. Upload your prototype and a one paragraph description to a Google Drive or Dropbox Location. Your product should be named as such: your FIRST NAME, LAST NAME AND COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE. For instance, “MYA-JONES-KENYA”. Include the link to your product in the submission form below.

    1. 2. Share your design on Twitter and tag the following:

    1. 3. Share your design on Facebook and tag Youth for Technology Foundation and #3DAfrica.
      The winners will be determined by an independent judging panel. Criteria will include the viability of the product, technical accuracy and the number of likes and retweets on Twitter.

To be eligible to participate you have to share your prototype design on Twitter and Facebook with a one sentence description and the applicable tags.

Complete the submission form