Indonesian students kick-off new ideas for Jakarta Bay
Student teams from 4 Indonesian universities received a warm welcome during the Dutch trade mission on 20 and 21 November as they started working on new ideas for the development of Jakarta Bay. The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge was officially launched during the Water and Ports Seminar on 20 November where all teams were given strong encouragement by the more than 150 Indonesian and Dutch guests attending.
The 16 students who have been selected after an initial call for papers in October, teamed up in Jakarta for two days with their mentor companies - Van Oord, BAM International, Royal HaskoningDHV and Deltares - to lay the foundation for their plans. Over the coming two months, the teams will further develop their ideas, taking advantage of expertise provided by the Dutch companies.
Under the theme Ports and Coasts Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit, each of the teams is developing an innovative idea addressing a specific challenge related to the development of Jakarta Bay:
1. Working on Water. Team from ITS Surabaya, supported by Royal HaskoningDHV
2. Building on Water. Team from UGM Yogya, supported by BAM International
3. Living on Water. Team from ITB Bandung, supported by Deltares
4. Building with Water. Team from Universitas Hasanuddin Makassar, supported by Van Oord
Over the next two months, the teams and their mentors have access to a private workspace on BlueSpring, an online platform specifically designed to support the interaction between young water talent and professionals. In addition, several field trips are expected to take place to allow the teams to gain a good understanding of the specific conditions in and around Jakarta Bay.
The plans will be presented and awarded during the upcoming visit by Minister Schultz van Haegen in March 2014.
The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by 13 Dutch organisations, including Van Oord, BAM International, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV, Vopak, Rabobank, Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environent, NWP, INA, UNESCO-IHE, CKNet, Netherlands Embassy and Nuffic NESO.
Young water leaders recognised with Singapore-Netherlands Sustainability Award 2013
Singapore, 1 October 2013 -- Winners of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge 2013 were presented today with the prestigious Singapore-Netherlands Sustainability Award by His Excellency Jacques Werner, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore and Professor Chan Eng Soon, Dean of the Facutly of Engineering of National University of Singapore. The event, which was held at the National University of Singapore’s University Town, was attended by some 80 representatives from industry, academia and government of both countries.
The winners, Yorick Broekema from the Netherlands and a team led by Leng Ling from Hong Kong, were recognised by Ambassador Werner for their original papers addressing this year’s theme on climate change adaptation: “Creativity and resourcefulness are keywords to deal successfully with climate change adaption. Singapore and the Netherlands are dependent on the innovative and creative input of young talent. The Embassy supports the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge as it encourages students from all over the world to find innovative solutions for current water problems.”
Themed Adaptive Solutions for Climate Change this year, the Challenge invited participants to focus on the impacts of climate change and propose original adaptive solutions that address issues like water, nature, mobility, agriculture, energy, health, housing and recreation, in a holistic fashion.
Both winners came out on top after a 6-month competition, from October 2012 to April 2013, involving 24 students (16 individual participants and 2 teams) from 7 different countries. Participants were required to submit essay proposals, with solid scientific basis, for an adaptive solution for their own town, coast, river or delta in which they live in, combining a number of disciplines such as climate modelling, spatial planning, infrastructure and buildings, coastal engineering, governance and economics.
[Photo: the event provided students a great opportunity for networking with the Dutch water sector community in Singapore]
Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge
Building on their global leadership in delta and water management and recognising the importance of engaging young talent with global water problems, Singapore and the Netherlands initiated the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge, inviting students and young faculty to contribute their own original solutions. The first edition of the challenge was held in 2011/2012, presenting the first Singapore-Netherlands Sustainability Award to Anne Belski from Swinburne University and Victor Sim from Nanyang Technological University.
The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by a group of prominent water organisations including NUSDeltares, PUB and Sustainable Development & Water Alliance. Lead corporate partner in 2013 is Van Oord. In addition, sponsorships are provided by Fugro, Hydronav, YJP Surveyors, Surbana, Boskalis, Royal HaskoningDHV and DutchCham Singapore.
NRT Twitter Data Mapping Solution to Support Flood Disaster Emergency Response
An innovative design platform that facilitates the analysis and mapping of massive volumes of twitter data in near real-time to support emergency response activities during flooding disasters has won the 2nd edition of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge.
The solution called "Operational Twitelligence" by a team of students from RMIT and the University of Melbourne was presented at the International Riversymposium in Brisbane on 25 September. The team consisting of Paul Munro, Dan Peade and Damian Meoli competed for the award against three other teams who had emerged as finalists after a 5-month competition that involved students from 9 universities across Australia. The award was presented to the winners by Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Waterways and chair of the judging panel.
Says the winning team: "Being part of the Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge has been an illuminating and fun experience. We've had the chance to work with the foremost experts in the industry and were really impressed by the quality of the other finalists. We're looking forward to making the most of the opportunity to take our idea to the next level."
The Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge is an initiative by the Dutch water sector aimed at engaging young talent with the collaborative programs undertaken between Australia and the Netherlands. Under the theme Australia Water Smart, this year's competition challenged students to come up with innovative ideas that take advantage of social media data and apps to help Australians make smarter water decisions.
The other ideas competing in the finals included the FloodHealth App by Angela Werner, University of Queensland, the Dairy Pasture Flood Irrigation App by Pieter Raedts, La Trobe University, and the WaterWatch App by Stephanie Borgonia, Emmanuel Diinis and Amanda Siqueira, University of Technology Sydney. All finalists will be given the opportunity to further develop their idea.
The Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge is supported by a group of leading Dutch water companies and organisations including Van Oord, Royal HaskoningDHV, Deltares, HydroLogic, Netherlands Water Partnership and the Dutch Government. Partner in Australia is the International WaterCentre.