Wetskills-South Korea 2018

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Wetskills-South Korea 2018

January 28, 2018 - February 12, 2018

About The Event

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‘Olympic’ Wetskills goes for first time to South Korea!

Read about the unique finals in the Holland Heineken House, Gangneung during the PyeongChang olympic Winter Games in presence of The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte here.

The Wetskills Foundation with partners Hongik University, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and Korea Water Forum organized a special edition of Wetskills: the Olympic edition in South Korea (period: 28 January – 12 February 2018). Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates worked together in mixed team on water challenges provided by organizations of the Korean and Dutch water sector. This edition of Wetskills took the participants to the nice city of Seoul and the Olympic city of Gangneung for two-and-a-half weeks, visiting interesting and relevant water-related locations in and around Seoul and having the finals and awarding in the framework of the Olympic Winter Games.

Read more about this spectacular and unique ‘Olympic’ Wetskills Water Challenge via our Social Media or the daily blogs (below) and publications!

Information about Wetskills programme, our event in Korea and the results & follow-up

For more information, contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com) and Floor van der Heijden (floor.van.der.heijden@wetskills.com) or especially for South Korean information: Jeryang Park (Hongik University, jeryang.park@wetskills.com).

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Participants: 20

Cases: 5

Countries: 4 (South Korea, Vietnam, Russia and The Netherlands)

Event: PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Venue: Holland Heineken House

Locations visited: Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon, Gangneung, Donghae and Pyeongchang

General Information Wetskills

The programme (up to Finals)

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The Finals & Awarding

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Pictures of the Finals & Awarding

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Event Cases

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Case 1: Raising the Value of Rivers

Case owner: Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water)

South Korea faces many climate change challenges in terms of water management due to heavy rainfall combined with a recent period of rapid urbanization and industrialization. They now strive for eco-friendly water management, with sustainable and ecological river management instead of large dam constructions. K-water is increasingly focusing on finding more effective and desirable ways to use and manage the Korean rivers with the balance of traditional and cutting-edge methods. Which is also what the assigned team is asked to investigate.

Case 2: Sustainable future: Water & Energy

Case owners: Waternet Amsterdam and Seoul Water Works Agency

For 2040, Amsterdam strives for all energy used in the city to come from renewable resources. Seoul has a similar urgent need for sustainable energy. If these cities want to have a 100% sustainable energy supply, they have to look for other sustainable energy sources in the near future. The question is: how can water contribute to this transition? Both Waternet Amsterdam and Seoul Waterworks Authority want to contribute to achieve the goal of 100% renewable energy for both their capital cities, the Wetskills team is challenged with the question how.

Case 3: Creating a circular economy for decentralized wastewater systems in cities

Case owner: Water Authority Delfland

Cities all over the world are dealing with comparable issues such as: staggering urbanization rates, industrial pollution and climate-change. In many cases the current urban water systems show to be insufficient in dealing with these issues. It is therefore essential to start learning from each other’s experiences to create a blueprint for a worldwide sustainable urban future. The question remains: how can a decentralized wastewater system be redesigned such that it embraces the concept of Circular Economy and motivates a broad range of stakeholders to commit and engage along the process

Final poster and pitch

Final poster and pitch

Final poster and pitch

Case 4: Turning Saline Aquifer into a Freshwater and Energy Storage System

Case owner: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)

Water quality degradation in river basins and climate change are becoming a major threat to the surface water in South Korea. There is a need to shift the water resources portfolio from surface water to a groundwater-surface water integrated management system. The assigned team is asked to come up with an innovative system design, combined with economic analysis and enhanced stakeholder engagement.

Case 5: Islands of Innovation

Case owner: Province of Fryslân (in cooperation with Daegu)

The Province of Fryslân (a province in the north of The Netherlands) and its regional partners in water innovation, aim at the development of smart water systems for consumers. They want to stimulate and accelerate consumer oriented water use innovations. The team is asked to design a game competition for this, focusing specifically on islands, and along with this to develop a unique novel product, service, business or a combination.

Final poster and pitch

Final poster and pitch

Do you also want to submit a challenge and get an out-of-the-box concept (Pitch and Poster) in one of our Wetskills event worldwide? The Wetskills organization is looking for Case Owners for the events worldwide; companies, knowledge institutes and organisations that formulate their case and support this Wetskills programme, see as example: Leaflet Case Sponsors Wetskills-South Korea 2018. For more information: contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Pictures of the event

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Event Partners

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Hongik University_
Korea Water Forum_

Event Blogs

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January 28, 2018
February 12, 2018
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Hongik University (Seoul)
94, Wausan-ro, Mapo-gu
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
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