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Odor Control winner of Wetskills in Israel

‘It was a hard decision to announce the winning team. You are all winners’ said chair of the jury Henk Ovink special water envoy of Kingdom of The Netherlands at the awarding ceremony for Wetskills-Israel 2017. Henk Ovink prised the teams and was especially impressed by the quality of the presented two-minute pitches. ‘The quality of the presentations was high. A lot of water professionals can learn from this. Of course it is not only about the pitch, because a bad idea in a good pitch is still a bad idea. The best idea in a bad pitch wouldn’t make it either.’ At the end Team Oder Control, existing of Rotem Rotshtein (Haifa University), Karst Oosterhuis (University of Groningen) Canwei Mao (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) en Christel Voncken (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) was honored as winning team. The team came up with a early warning concept to detect...

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Wetskills back in Israel!

After four years Wetskills is back in Israel (link). Wetskills-Israel 2017 has started this week: international participants from Israeli and Dutch universities work in mixed teams on cases from Netafim (drip irrigation), Mekorot (pollutants in drinking water system) and Mey Avivim water company Tel Aviv (odor control). Our local host is again Grand Water Research Institute of Technion University in Haifa. After a nice Haifa Tour the participants went to some sites of national water carrier and Lake Kinnereth for water and cultural sites. On Tuesday the BrainHurricane was organized with speeddate sessions with various experts. After this the teams went further with brainstorming. Later in the week some of the teams had a tailored trip to see and feel more about their case. Next week the finals will be organized in the framework of Watec Water technology Conference and Exhibition and during the business reception of Embassy of Kingdom of...

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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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