3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 – Education and Pitch Battle | Day 3 Recap

by Amee Meghani

The final day of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 explored updates in the academic community and witnessed the first Pitch Battle. Find out what you missed in Nashville during 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day 3. 

The platform for academia

Many of us have used SOLIDWORKS since we were students and have used it through the journey of our careers. There are four million students from high schools, community colleges, and universities across the world using Dassault Systemes software. 

The diversity of the SOLIDWORKS Community is partially the reason Eric Haddad chose SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, as it is suited for both maker and business owner. Eric owns a company and YouTube channel called 3DAeroventures where he uses SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing to develop fully 3D printable aircraft. Eric’s goal is to sell the digital file of the CAD model so that way others can 3D print them at home and learn how to fly RC models. 

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day 3 3DAeroventures

“I’ve used a lot of different CAD software over the years and when I decided to start my own business SOLIDWORKS was kind of a no-brainer for me, the biggest thing being how helpful the community is….and how intuitive the software is.” 

SOLIDWORKS xDesign challenge India

India’s population is over 1.3 billion.  Individuals register over 19 million vehicles every year.  This has led to tremendous traffic jams. In 2019, Dassault Systemes empowered students across India with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to collaborate and propose design solutions for the mobility challenges in their country. Users and team members commented on how easy it was to collaborate and delegate tasks and know the status of a project.

Marie Planchard Senior Director of SOLIDWORKS Education and Early Engagement took the stage and brought our attention to six EDU social collaboration teams using the platform for their projects, including two teams who are local to Tennessee!

3DEXPERIENCE World Day 3 EDU teams

Every Kid Gets a Robot

We then got to meet Danielle Boyer, a 19-year-old educator and founder of the non-profit, The STEAM Connection. Danielle started teaching STEAM at just 10 years of age with the ambition to make STEAM more accessible and affordable.  She had no idea as to how far that vision would grow. Danielle credits SOLIDWORKS, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids to better enable her to encourage other young people to do the same. 

On this day we drew particular attention to EKGAR (Every Kid Gets a Robot). She’s been helping students build a small robot that she designed.  She also mentioned that 150 kits will be assembled at the 3DEXPERIENCE playground.

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day 3 Every Kid Gets a Robot


Michael Mendonça is the founder of the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation, a foundation that is 100% volunteer-driven. Michale’s lifetime goal is to provide one million prosthetic hands across the world to those in need. This foundation was a part of the 3DEXPERIENCE World Hackathon, a competition of five groups compiled of five people that design a prosthetic hand. Team 3 won the competition and on that team was Jacob Bakovsky of GoEngineer!

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day Hackathon Winners

Michael shared a heart-warming story about a man in war-torn Gulu, Uganda who was on a bus, and every person on that bus was missing an arm. The man said, “I don’t want an arm until every other person receives a hand.” Michael shared a photograph from that special moment. 

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day 3 prosthetic hand

Reimagining Human Flight

Next on the big stage was Sam Rogers, Additive Design Lead and Jet Suit Pilot at Gravity Industries. In his uber-cool English accent, he took us through a video tour of the evolution of his product (with just the right amount of comedy). Gravity created (through much trial and error) a jet pack with the use of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and 3D printing. After a bunch of amazing success videos of pilots flying over water and fields (as well as a fun blooper reel), Sam ended his presentation speaking about the importance of progressing your design through tests and making adjustments through trial and error. 

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day Sam Rogers Gravity

Pitch Battle

Then we get into PITCH BATTLE!!!! I say it with excitement, but really it took me a few minutes before I realized that this part of the session is a cousin to “Shark Tank”. The first Pitch Battle took place between Winter Innovation, a surgical device company and GroupHug a company addressing climate change with a solar panel. Next up was Membio who wants to simplify blood transfusions vs Re3D who eliminates plastic with 3D printing. After surviving some tough questions from the panel of judges, the ultimate winner was Winter Innovations!

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day 3 Pitch Battle winner

John MacArthur


Model Mania


This year we had a SOLIDWORKS Model Mania and xDesign Model Mania for the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. 

Model Mania 1st Place Winner





GoEngineer’s very own John MacArthur took first place in this new competition!




We closed the session with keynote speaker Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics. 

“…I seize opportunities to connect the dots with good people and good technologies.”

Dean shared a heart-warming video about FIRST Robotics that reminded us about the purpose of FIRST. “It’s not about Robots, it’s never been about robots.”

I had to leave early to attend the “Life After School” Panel.  It was a great opportunity to share some sound advice with students who are about to enter the workforce.

What a fun week!

…and guess what?  We’ll see you back in Nashville for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021!

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