Events

A wholesome online WetSkills SA experience

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Sbusiso Khuboni, Kimara Moodley (South Africa), Mpho Ramothole (South Africa) & Paul Notenboom (Netherlands)   The first day was of course not like the usual offline event, we met ‘online’… not in the DMs but everyone’s video was all ready for on fleek first impressions. A diverse group of participants.   [caption id="attachment_58156" align="alignleft" width="300"] Plenary session[/caption] Mixing business with pleasure… All participants were excited and eager to experience this different kind of WetSkills SA Challenge. As soon as cases were introduced, the enthusiasm was not as 100% as the morning of the first day hahahaha – some landed on cases they prayed hard not to get.     For most of the days, it was serious business packed with literature review, brainstorming and sharing of ideas all in the aim to find solutions to the cases… Work and deliverables piled up; but the afternoon to evening social chills did help to unwind and be...

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And the winner is…

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Karabo Mokoena,  Thandilizwe Bengeza (South Africa). Zintle Mbeka (South Africa) and Wessel de Beer (Netherlands),   8th of March: D-day!   The tension was there from the moment everyone woke up: it was D-day. In terms of tension, it was nothing like D-day in 1944, but it was very close to the D-days that mark the end of international soccer transfer periods. The day began with a little speech from one of our supervisors, Phomolo.   [caption id="attachment_58171" align="alignleft" width="300"] Phomolo is a supporter of Manchester United and he is not afraid to show it.[/caption]   As a Manchester United supporter, he is used to dealing with the stress that D-days bring.           The assignment was clear: finish the pitch, the poster, and the paper. After a very enjoyable week, it was suddenly clear again that we were competing. And when the excitement is at its highest… everything goes wrong. Imagine completely changing the poster you were working...

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Getting close to the end, the temperature and pressure rise.

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Mashila Phihlela, Lutendo Nemayhola (South Africa), Tshepang Kgositau (South Africa) and Gerben van Muiswinkel (The Netherlands)   Day 8: Hard work and loosening up in the social We worked on the feedback we received from the meetings on Thursday. Getting the focus right in the reports and posters proved difficult for some of the groups, but with the help of the supervisors and good discussions all teams got there. The Social meeting lasted 4 hours and we had some good fun over some drinks and our WhatsApp chat exploded with GIF images and stickers. Our friendly, not so friendly, South African supervisor defied the current hot weather conditions of the country during our morning plenary session.   Day 9: From hangovers to being grilled by supervisors We were guided through our learning process by His Lordship Lindelwa. He was full of energy and showed us how to build a poster in no time. We continued...

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“Not entirely virtual, Field trip involved”

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Sharon Setshedi, Masha Makgwale, Wendy Dube (South Africa) and Sebastiaan Haverkate ( Netherlands)   Day 5: Communication style - Pitch & Poster                                 On the fifth day of the Wetskills competition, we were launched into the program with a cheerful reflection session. In the session, our supervisors (facilitated by Phomolo Khonthu) asked us to reflect on whether assigned groups were working well and if we had a good understanding of the cases we were working on. The session was then followed by a presentation done by Ms Nobulali Mtikitiki from the Department of Water and Sanitation on bursaries in the water sector. The presentation was very informative and gave insight on the available opportunities. We were then trained by our supervisors (Ioana Dobrescu and Peter de Jong) on how to present an effective 2-minute pitch as well as creating a winning poster. A creative presentation accompanied this training session, and this made...

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Virtual Challenge: Is it as fun as an offline event….?

W@tskills South Africa 2021 by Nkhensani Tshidzumba, Awodwa Magingi, Lindelwa Ndhlovu (South Africa) Janne Brouwers and Renate Heemskerk (Netherlands)   25th of February: Name Pronunciation! Unfortunately we didn't start our journey in the car or plane to meet each other; we met online and started to know each other a little bit better. “HI EVERYONE” Everybody introduces themselves with a picture and in the meanwhile the energy of Odwa Ntsika Mtembu (one of the supervisors) is blowing through our screens. The participants were allocated the case studies and were able to meet their members for the first time. [caption id="attachment_58106" align="alignright" width="321"] Plenary- Trying to pronounce different names[/caption] How do these look like?! You will see some awesome pics below. Sometimes you will see the joy but also the serious approach and listening style is visible on our faces! We also talked with our case owners. So many ideas were shared, that at the end, your head was spinning...

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Last day – the day of pitches and tears

Wetskills Kerala 2019 - By Xiaoxuan Zhao and Csilla Bekker - On the last day of the Wetskills program we had to give our pitches at the Conference on Maritime and Water Development held in Kochi. As we were staying in Fort Kochi we needed to arrange transport to the Hyatt Hotel in Kochi where this event was held. Fortunately we could hire a small boat that directly took us to the venue, starting the day with a boat trip in our smart dresses. Great fun!   We arrived just on time and at the back door of this fancy place, so it felt a bit like sneaking in. Once already there we had our first real coffees of these two weeks and could join the opening ceremony.  After some interesting morning sessions we were provided with an extended buffet lunch, which we all really appreciated.  Some of the pitchers had a last...

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Last day Calicut, chalo, chalo with the results!

Wetskills Kerala 2019 - by Twan Smitskamp and Febin Jacob   Time is flying when you’re having fun. Today was the last day of working on the project aswell as spending our time in Calicut. Luckily for us we got this morning a very nice typical Kerala breakfast with just enough for everyone;).   With our full bellies we started the day to finalize the poster, papers and of course the pitch! Because of our perfect time management during the project we were all quite relaxed and did’t feel that much of pressure. Some of us wrote in the reports while others practised their pitch in front of team members or just on their own. Around one o’clock we got enlighted by another tasty lunch with some nice Chapathi’s (typical India flat bread), chicken and veg curry topped with a pappadam. After lunch the most groups were almost finished and satisfied with their progress. Only...

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Waste Water Works

Wetskills Hungary 2019 - by Bogi - Today we visited the Budapest Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in Csepel Island with WETSKILLS team. We had an amazing guide with Enikő Szabolcsi, who drives us on all the water’s way from the entrance of the treatment plant till the very end of the process.  They are monitoring water 24 hours a day so can handle even the tiny change in ammonia level for example. We see, smell and feel how to be a part in this huge system. We got know that the treatment plan capable to create it’s own energy with biogas and with an “Archimedes nail” water power plant....

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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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