This year there was a Hybrid Future Challenge once again, with the theme “the new reality”. Two prizes were awarded: the Best Maker award, for the most innovative maker, and the Best Innovation award, for the most innovative product. Besides a unique Makey trophy, winners also received a cash prize of €500 (made possible by Rabobank Eindhoven).

The winners of the Hybrid Future Challenge 2021 are…

Best Maker 2021 – UITSLOOT (Gijs Schalkx)

Artist, inventor, DIY activist & indie engineer Gijs Schalkx searches for real alternatives in a world where even the most benevolent individual cannot escape consuming. With his project UITSLOOT he celebrates the power of doing things yourself and the independence it brings. The ‘Slootmotor’ (loosely translated as ‘Ditch Engine’) runs on fuel from your local ditch or neighborhood pond, harvested with minimal resources and tools. Driving has never been so rewarding!

Award ceremony Gijs Schalkx

Click here to visit Gijs Schalkx’s website.

Best Innovation 2021 – Greenscreenbox (Petra Mestrom)

With Petra Mestrom’s Greenscreenbox anyone can make their own greenscreen video. On every imaginable location can be filmed: do you want to film under water, in space or in the desert? The choice is yours! During the Eindhoven Maker Faire visitors could make their own video, which they received by email afterwards.

Award ceremony Petra Mestrom

Click here to visit the Greenscreenbox website.