Enabling Global Innovation & Creation
A social entrepreneurship founded by Colin Keogh (Left) & Shane Keaveney (Right) two engineers in 2014, the Rapid Foundation was born from a desire to create and support sustainable innovation around the world globally through disruptive open source technology distribution.
The goal is to empower people around the world to create, innovate and tackle the challenges they face sustainably, by providing access, training and support for open source disruptive technologies, including 3D printing.
The main activities are supporting partner locations with hardware and training for open source technology to innovate and solve local problems alongside public engagement seminars, workshops and training in 3D printing and modelling, and innovation. As a social entrepreneurship the foundation accepts donations as well as circulating any profits of the business into development of it global partner locations.
The Rapid Foundation’s projects and events have already reached more than 5,000 people through education and outreach events and have trained more than 50 people in 3D Printing, modelling and innovation.
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IN THE NEWS
RED CROOS IRELAND NOMINATION 2019
The Rapid Foundation was nominated as one of the 3 finalists for the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards 2019 in the category of Innovation for Change.
ECO WORLD WATAMU, KENYA 2019
Shane traveled to ECO-World Watamu, Kenya to setup the Ultimaker Original donated by Create Education and train the locals.
ESB CREATIVE TECH FEST 2019
IESB Creative Tech Fest will celebrate the work of young people, youth workers and teachers who have participated in their local TechSpace – showcasing any digital creativity, engineered inventions and scientific inspirations to inspire future generations! The Rapid Foundation trained young people in 3D modelling and printing.
Over the last few years, the Rapid Foundation has won several awards, including Irish JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award 2017, the IMechE Fritz Schumacher Award and cited in the United Nations Sustainable Development report 2016.
In 2017, Colin Keogh was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe, a Nissan Generation Next Ambassador and the Irish Early Career Awards It & Tech Professional of the Year. Shane Keaveney continued on to represent the foundation and Ireland as a candidate for the global JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award for 2017 finishing in the top 10.