Muscat, Oman – 24 March 2019 – Wetskills Water Challenge Day 9
By Atheer Al Kabsi (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) & Martijn Erkelens (Dutch Water Authorities)
Today was the day for the pitchers and the posters! The day every group has been working towards during the Wetskills program. This is the day Wetskills looks most like an competative arena in an otherwise very friendly program.
After that display of culinary excellence it was time for a pitch rehearsal with all the pitchers. Everyones pitch greatly improved compared to the previous day. I knew that I had to get serious if I even wanted so much as a shot at being the best pitcher. Speaking of best pitcher. We could’t compare our improved pitches to the pitch of the person who was the best pitcher the day before. She was “conveniently” absent during this final rehearsal….. Atheer?
So I practiced twice more on my own when I first arrived at SQU in the morning. When it was time for final rehearsals with the other teams, I thought:
Best of luck Martijn, you need it.
The hour had arrived to begin the poster market and the pitch sessions. All teams made awesome posters and the teams were happy to explain them to the expert jury. The pitches took place in a conference room filled with professors and students from SQU. The jury has a high level of expertise, so it will be difficult to convince them of our solutions. The order in which the teams had to pitch was chosen at random. As it happened Atheer had to pitch first. Let’s see what I’m up against. You got this Atheer!
Martijn’s turn came last. I knew he put so much effort into this, so he starts pitching, and I start praying. I hope he nails it!
Pitching for real is always different from practicing. Time is short and there us no room for error. I finished mine with 4 seconds left on the clock…Phew… I am glad with my awesome groupmembers because the jury asked some difficult questions. But we, like the other groups, were able to answer their questions. After the pitches it was time for the posters and for group pictures. Lots and lots of group pictures!