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Game based app wins Wetskills #25 in Romania

On May 17 the finals of the 25th edition of Wetskills took place in Bucharest, Romania. Five Dutch-Romanian teams presented interesting out of the box solutions for water related problems. The concept of the winning team includes the development of a smartphone app for cities that want to become climate proof. The app makes it fun for citizens to contribute to climate adaptation. The day ended with a festive reception on the Dutch embassy.   Winners of Wetskills#25 With five strong cases, it was not easy for the jury to choose a winner. Chair of the jury, engineer Dan Constantin of Apele Române: ‘We chose a team with a market ready, feasible and flexible solution.’ Kannard Burer, who presented the case for the jury, explains: ‘Due to climate change, extreme weather events become more frequent. For Bucharest this has consequences like heatstress and flooding. Our case owner asked for a multifunctional method for...

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SunGlacier Challenge in preparation

Wetskills Ambassador Ap Verheggen did research on dew harvesting to create his SunGlacier project (movie) for the last six years (Photo by Hessel Waalewijn). He came up with some prototypes for dew harvesters to get water from moisture. Last month he was invited by Mr. Middelkoop, Upper commander of the Dutch army, to test his prototypes in practice. But in a warzone: Mali. The Dutch army sees water stress as one of the main challenges for stabilizing the world. The results of Ap's experiments are very promising. Ap showed that he could harvest several liters per day for about 40 euros of material costs. Several Dutch papers and television shows gave attention to his experiments. Next stage is to put this in a worldwide Challenge. SunGlacire project and Wetskills Foundation took the lead to initiate such big event. Main aim is that several teams of young talents from universities build their own...

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Follow Wetskills in Bath, United Kingdom: Read our daily blogs!

Wetskills-United Kingdom has started on Thursday 30 March. This is the first time that a British Wetskills Water Challenge is organised. 12 British, Belgian, Israeli, Palestinian and Dutch students / YWP will work on 4 cases about water provided by the water sector, see event page. This time the finals will be organized during the conference of International Water Association - Young Water Professionals in UK, organised in Bath this year. The finals will be held at 11 April in the morning and the awarding is in the evening. Do you want to know more about the event, the team working, the participants' thoughts and feelings and the results? Follow Wetskills-United Kingdom 2017 with our daily blogs....

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