The Story Behind the OE Awards Trophy

Photo by Mario Badilla (CC-BY)

3d render of a wooden box with a trophy inside.
3D render of the award and its enclosure by Farith Tabash, UNED (CC-BY)

The concept, design, development, and production of the 2020 Open Education Awards for Excellence trophy was like no previous year.

It represents dynamism and forward-thinking in the open education movement and evolved from a two-dimensional image to a 3D printed object. We thought it would be an awesome way to recognize the work of the award winners.

Special thanks to the wonderful design work of Open Education Global’s Creative Director, Mario Badilla, and to the Fab Lab Kä Träre, at UNED, Distance State University of Costa Rica for creating this trophy that has been sent to the Individual Award winners every year since 2020.

The awesome video below shows the awards being generated from the original design by 3D printers at the Fab Lab.

Here’s a picture of the awards in their box before being shipped. 📦💨

Trophy in a case
Photo by Mario Badilla, OEGlobal (CC-BY)

Designed by: Mario Badilla, OEG Creative Director

Fabricated by: Fab Lab Kä Träre, UNED, Distance State University of Costa Rica

Update! An OEG Live visit to Fab Lab Kä Träre

On September 14, 2023 we arranged for an OEG live streamed tour of the Fab Lab where the team showed all of the steps in the production of the 3D trophy and the custom designed container box. Many thanks to Luis Fernando Rodríguez and Farith Tabash for coordinating this visit.

Follow the thread of the OE Awards trophy in OEG Connect.