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MGA - The VDI Students Competition

Interdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation as well as the associated competences are the key to innovative and sustainable added value. "Mobility/Medical goes Additive - The VDI Students Competition" promotes this type of competence and experience of young students to a great extent.

Marc Fette, CEO of CTC GmbH (An AIRBUS company)
Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of Mobility goes Additive e.V.

Mobility/Medical goes Additive – The VDI Students Competition

Promoting creative minds

"Mobility/Medical goes Additive - The VDI Students Competition" is an international and interdisciplinary competition on 3D printing for students on all aspects of additive manufacturing and digitization. The competition is carried out by the Association of German Engineers (VDI e.V.) in cooperation with the international network Mobility goes Additive e.V. The next competition will take place on 1-3 April 2022 in Berlin. Click here for registration.


The objective of the competition is to sensitize students to the theory and practice of solving complex problems in interdisciplinary teams. In this context, the interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial potentials of additive manufacturing in connection with the opportunities and challenges of digitization in the field of mobility shall be focused. Hence, it is planned to organize the three-day competition on a regular basis, at different locations within Germany, bringing together student teams from different universities to compete against each other.

By means of a use case from the field of mobility, which will be presented to the students with different scientific backgrounds on the first day of the competition, teams will compete with each other using additive manufacturing techniques and currently available digital possibilities. Each team will be judged by taking into account technical, economic and communicative evaluation criteria. Not only the realized result in the form of a new or optimized product plays a role, but also its implementation in the team during the first two competition days and its presentation in front of a jury of experts on the last day. This presentation refers to the product and a business model adapted to the use case. The best three teams will be awarded with valuable prices.


The challenge is to solve a complex task within two days without preparation in interdisciplinary, gender-spanning teams. Evaluation criteria include various technical, economic and communicative aspects of the actual production of a product and its professional performance in front of a top-level panel in English. Thus, during the competition, not only the technical and economic expertise of the team members but also the teamwork and the application of communication skills, project management and problem-solving strategies are crucial.

Teamwork and networking

The purpose of the competition is to improve students' awareness of the opportunities and challenges of additive manufacturing in the context of digital transformation. On the one hand, young talents should be supported by the solution-oriented application of professional and social skills in interdisciplinary, gender-spanning teams and under industry-related conditions. On the other hand, the competition is intended to promote the exchange between the students and networking with representatives of business enterprises from different sectors with two joint evening events.

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Interested in sponsoring this competition?

We need your support as a sponsor of the competition. Several levels of sponsorship are available, granting your company access to the competition and, depending on the level you choose, a stand with your recruiting personnel on site, a seat in the jury, your logo on the website and much more. 

Please find more information in this flyer or contact us.


The event location of 2022 has much to offer! Marienpark Berlin rediscovers the former gasworks area of Mariendorf and offers you space for your ideas. In addition to the headquarters of Mobility goes Additive e.V. (Im Marienpark 22, 12107 Berlin) we will be using the premises and catering of the BrewDog DogTap Berlin (Im Marienpark 23, 12107 Berlin). During creative breaks you can play with vintage arcade games, olympic shuffle boards, giant Jenga or connect four games.

Past Competitions


ADDictiveBerlin University of Technology, Germany
Additive Innovation HHHelmut Schmidt University Hamburg, Germany
AO - Additive OstfaliaOstfalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany
CTCBremen University, Germany
NBNAugsburg University, Germany
SchwarzwaldschlawinerFurtwangen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Team DarmstadtDarmstadt University of Technology, Germany
The Fabulous FiveHamburg University of Technology, Germany
Vienna CallingFH Technikum Wien University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Overall result

PlaceTeam nameTotal points
1Team Darmstadt893
2Vienna Calling862
6The Fabulous Five826
8Additive Innovation HH756
9AO - Additive Ostfalia749


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