Available on HP LIFE, the course will introduce students to 3D printing; the uses, benefits and the opportunities that exist in the space
At the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting this week, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) and HP Foundation announced a new 3D printing course to be delivered through the HP Foundation Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) platform as a training course for individuals to learn how to use 3D printing and create entrepreneurial opportunities.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to co-develop the new 3D printing curriculum, which will join a multitude of other free courses available on HP LIFE.
“By exposing youth and women to disruptive technologies, like 3D printing, we are giving them an opportunity to learn the skills that will be necessary in jobs that don’t necessarily exist today,” said Njideka Harry, YTF president and CEO. “We are grateful for the support of HP and HP Foundation to continue this work.”
This announcement comes as WEF attendees convene to discuss emerging technologies that will shape the future of production. As a fourth industrial revolution emerges, YTF and HP Foundation are committed to giving youth and women the tools needed to start or grow a business as an entrepreneur, or simply help them acquire skills for the jobs of the future.
As part of the module, participants will:
- Learn how 3D printing can enable new product design, prototyping and manufacturing;
- Understand 3D printing capabilities;
- Learn how to use 3D printing, including the skills and tools required;
- Find opportunities to use 3D printing – including how to subscribe to a 3D print service, buy a 3D printer, and discover low-cost 3D printing tools; and
- Have access to case studies profiling real people who have started 3D printing businesses.
The free course will be offered in several languages and accessible to anyone by simply creating an account and enrolling in the course.
“Millions of talented people around the world do not have access to the educational resources they need to reach their full potential,” said Debby McIsaac, executive director, HP Foundation. “HP Foundation’s HP LIFE program provides access to free, practical business and IT skills training that helps to open doors to economic opportunity.”
Direct service organizations and their clients may take particular interest in this course as a resource, including business support institutions, career development centers, or ministries of youth and women affairs.
About Youth for Technology Foundation
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) is an international non-profit organization established in 2000. YTF programs use technology as inspiration on the corridors of education and entrepreneurship, replacing economic disparity with economic opportunity in low-income and developing nations. Working with youth and women, YTF prepares them to enter a workforce that will be more global, more digital and entrepreneurially focused, bridging the skills gap from secondary schools to universities and into employment or entrepreneurship. YTF, in collaboration with its partners, is inspiring the next generation of technology entrepreneurs and leaders who bring innovative solutions to their nations challenges.
About HP Foundation
The HP Foundation is a nonprofit, 501.(c)3 organization that funds philanthropic programs for underserved communities where we live and work by supporting technology-related learning, charitable giving, volunteering, and disaster relief. Along with HP employees, the HP Foundation creates programs that make life better for underserved and underrepresented communities by providing technology-related learning experiences and opportunities.
About the Schwab Foundation
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is a global platform that aims to highlight and advance the world’s leading models of sustainable social innovation. We represent over 330 late-stage social entrepreneurs who operate in more than 65 countries worldwide. Together, we scale solutions to support millions of vulnerable and low-income communities in need. We provide exposure, capacity building and a trusting community to support leaders to change the world.
For more information about the Schwab Foundation, visit our website
About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is independent, impartial and not tied to any special interests. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
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