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Professor Bica (Romania): from feeling resistant towards Wetskills to becoming a fan

Ioan Bica, is professor in Hydraulics at Technical University of Civil Engineering, of Bucharest Romania. When he heard for the first time about the Wetskills concept, he felt a small resistance, thinking that two weeks are not enough for a such project. However: during the first Wetskills Water Challenged in Romania in 2013, he changed his mind. In 2017 he was involved for the third time in a Romanian Wetskills Challenge. ‘This multicultural collaboration is important for students, for universities, for companies and for our joint future.’   Getting to know Wetskills Professor Bica: ‘When Wetskills came to Bucharest in 2013, I coordinated the students of Romanian Universities. On the first day of my first Wetskills Challenge, I was an expert during the Brain Hurricane. The mixed Dutch-Romanian teams with different educational backgrounds consulted me to gather relevant information for their cases. Based on this information they could developed their solutions.’   Positive surprise Professor...

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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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