Events

The finals: Adventure of a lifetime!

by Chhavi Mahaur    The day began with a lot of nervousness against the gloomy backdrop of Mumbai rains. Yes, I was lucky to be a part of the event in offline mode. As I arrived at the venue, the equipment and setting up process was underway, and we first started the day with lunch. This was an exciting experience as I got the opportunity to chat with the chair of the jury, Ms. Sandra Kalidien, the organizing team, and other guests, which was a profoundly enriching process as we received insights about our case and different issues of significance. Furthermore, the experts even gave a small glimpse into the multiple realities of one issue and how it affects a solution and its repercussions on its short-term and long-term plan of action. Finally, the event began, and the five pitches, posters, and questions were underway. It was a surreal experience to have our ideas heard...

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Deadlines Day: As It Happened

by Aparna Pavangat, Balbir Singh Aulakh, Nameeta Jha, Sankha Subhra Nath and Sreeresmi R.   01 December 2021: Well, all good things come to an end – and today, participants took a step closer to the final round of W@tskills-India (Mumbai) 2021, as they prepared to submit their pitch, poster and paper. The tenth day started off with a follow-up on the status of pitch presentations and posters, as teams worked through Day 09 to finalise their ideas, innovations and strategies, working with the feedback received from the W@tskills team and experts. A round of discussions followed where each team shared about where it is placed in terms of the submission and how they were working to incorporate the feedback from experts and coaches. These discussions were followed by teams moving into the Breakout Rooms prepared, where they continued to work on the pitch presentations and posters. During this time, each team was...

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Adding the Final Garnish

by Abhimanyu Pathak, Ejaaz Ahmed, Maisha Ahmed, Meghna Susan Kurien, Priyal Tale and Vrushali Gaurkar   The 8th day of WetSkills ’21 began with a short session where all of us gave updates on the work that we had been doing and all the teams shared their experiences of having discussions with the experts. After this quick conversation it was time to get back to work and prepare for the pre-presentations practice that was scheduled for the next day. As we headed back to the breakout rooms to work on our cases we knew it was just about consolidating all the work that we had done into a final draft poster and pitch. We quickly divided the tasks at hand and got to work. It started off just like any other day and then became a lot more fun as we began preparing the script for our pitch, which turned out to be...

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Virtual Working Day at WetSkills

by Team 2   The two-week program has bestowed upon us innumerable opportunities and learnings. The usual day in the life of an intern revolves around multiple tasks. To begin with, the session is initiated by Mr.Johan Oost, Managing Director. He delivers valuable lessons on business canvass modelling, pitch, and poster presentations. Additionally, he creates a space for interactive discussions, feedback, and brainstorming sessions. The second half of the day is spent with our team members and coach. The concept of Breakout rooms is an interesting concept that virtual media has endowed us with. The team along with the coach discusses the project, strategies, timelines, etc. Most importantly, it bonds and learns from each other. The amalgamation of diverse team members certainly adds glory to my day. I and my team members are indeed quite lucky to have Mr. Marcel Rompelman as our coach. He is a very amicable person to work with. It...

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Weekend Teams

By Sampreeti, Feby, Sonali, Vivek   The sixth day of the Wetskills Challenge’21 was an off day as it was the weekend. However, we kept our research intact and worked on the poster, pitch and the final report. Our coach Machtelijn Brummel and our Team Expert, Vijayakrishnan Pavangat, helped us extensively with several journal articles, reports and innovative ideas that could potentially be added to our case study. Additionally, coach Brummel provided us with some local experts who helped us gain a deeper insight into our experimental field site, i.e., the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat of Southern Mumbai. Group discussions were one of the key strengths of the teamwork as the same facilitated the smooth progress of our case study. However, we were people from different time zones, which made us amusingly have a time calculator on our homescreens at all times. Pretty sure this was the case with the other teams too!! So...

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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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