November 2021

Join Wetskills Finals India Mumbai online

W@tskills-India (Mumbai) 2021 is already half way! On 2 December 2021 the finals and awarding ceremony will take place in a hybrid format. The Consulate General and Tata Institute of Social Sciences will be together in a studio. Some of the participants, jury members and involved experts will be there as well.   But you can watch the online component as the international supervisors, experts and most of the participants from outside Mumbai will do.   If you want to watch the results of the teams? Register: https://knw1.typeform.com/to/krKNCNhc.   Programme: 14.00 IST | 09.30 CET: Words of Welcome 14.15 IST | 09.45 CET: Start of Wetskills Finals 15.15 IST | 10.45 CET: Short break 16.00 IST | 11.00 CET: Keynote, amongst others Supratim Batacharjee, Climate Photographer and Wetskills Ambassador 16.30 IST | 11.30 CET: Awarding Ceremony, with jury report and announcement of the winning team   JOIN ONLINE!!   ...

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THE SECOND DAY AT AQUATECH AND 11TH DAY DOING WETSKILLS ONLINE

2021 Wetskills The Netherlands By Zintle Pretty Mbeka (South Africa) & Yudi Zhang (China)   Its deadline day today for the Poster and the Paper. I was sitting at home (South Africa) waiting for updates from my teammates to get ready to write the blog and help with finalizing our tasks. As someone who did Wetskills 2021 South Africa online, it was not hard to be able to participate and having such wonderful and amazing teammates, who made sure that I get updates and they involve me in everything and all the major decisions, made things so much easy for me and they made me feel like I was there in person with them. I felt their love from afar.       Everyone was so focused and concentrating on their laptops as it is a deadline day. A day to also practice their Pitches as the finals are close.               Good ideas start from brainstorming and the best...

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Visiting AQUA TECH

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Lamya AL Jabri (Oman)   On Monday, the 1st November 2021, we gathered at the hostel to work on our case studies as usual and the weather was colder than yesterday, but the sun fully covered the city. My team looked fresh in the morning with full energy to work hard and that’s probably because we chose to setup and work on the couch than normal 😊 We arrived the AQUA TECH and all participants received the guide and informative books at the entrance to get more insight about the AQUA TECH. While others attended the Battle of the Gladiators by AquaTech, Team 1 (heavy rain case) had an online meeting with their case owner. At the end of this day following the networking and official opening ceremony for AquaTech, all the teams went to an Iranian restaurant to have dinner while myself and other Omani girls had late dinner at the...

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Explorations and Halloween Celebration

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Ruqaia AL-Shibli (Sultanate of Oman) and Karabo Mokoena (South Africa)   Like any Sunday, the day started with some relaxation and enjoying the rain. Some participants visited Giethoorn which is located in the north of the Netherlands. In Giethoorn, a typically Dutch village in Overijssel, you experience the Dutch culture and their love to live with and on water. In an environment full of lakes, reed beds and forests, lies this picturesque village with beautiful farms that have thatched roofs and characteristic wooden bridges. Not forgetting the delicious food from restaurants and cafes. It was definitely a wonderful time in this city.     The end of summertime and the start of wintertime, saw the participants enjoying a Halloween party with good music and a good round of karaoke.         The best way to end the previous week and transition into the final week and the buzz of final preparations....

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From the rollercoaster to the business canvas

2021 Wetskills Netherlands By Nina Meijer  (Netherlands)   During Wetskills, some days are a rollercoaster of location visits, BrainHurricanes, speeddates and international cooking, while other days you find yourself comfortably and quietly working on the challenge. Today was one of those days. We are now at a point in the Wetskills-process where we have to tailor our dream castles into more detailed solutions. To help us do that, Marcel introduced us to the ‘Business Model Canvas’, a kind of scheme that invites you to think about your key activities and resources, revenues, value propositions, partners, customers etc. Together with my teammates, we not only pieced together our canvas, but were able to sharpen our ideas as well.   After lunch, the weekend-vibe took over and one by one I saw my co-participants sneak off to discover different corners of Amsterdam. Being one of the ‘local’ participants, I was happy to recommend the famous Albert Cuyp-market,...

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A great discussion

2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Ruqaia AL-Shibli   On Friday, ( 29 / October/ 2021 ) , all the teams gathered at the courtyard of the hostel to discuss the results of the research of all the teams participating in the Water Challenge Program through an innovation carrousel. A Wetskills innovation carrousel is aimed at improving each team's innovation ideas to make sure that each idea is innovative, suitable and scalable prior to the Wetskills Finals where all ideas will be pitched to the jury.     Each team presented the findings of the research, presented some draft innovative ideas, and answered the questions from the rest of the group.   After that, each team wrote ideas and problems to discuss and try to develop thetopic. ...

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