“Connecting Science and Innovation with people and entrepreneurship` is the central theme of this Wetskills event. The location of the event is the Barapullah Drain in Delhi where currently a research lab is established between the Dutch and Indian government for studying waste water and water re use. This is mainly the domain of researchers and the question is how we can transform this lab into a so called `WETLAB` which is connected to public and schools for awareness and education, open for entrepreneurs who can test new technologies and where integrated solutions can be demonstrated for the clean up of the Barapullah Drain. Last but not least the WETLAB must be a blue print for hundreds of similar drains in India.
This Wetskills event is organised back to back with the Tech Summit in Delhi on 15 and 16 October 2019. The Tech Summit is a high-level event focusing on water, agriculture, health and ICT. The results of the Wetskills will be presented during the Tech Summit with a experts and high-level audience from business, governments and knowledge institutes.
Do you have a creative mind and capable of designing game changing ideas and alternative strategies? Can think further than just the first idea and are you passionate about water and circular solutions? Would you like to experience working in international teams and experiencing the culture of Indian subcontinent? This is your chance! Wetskills Foundation and partners initiated a third Wetskills Water Challenge edition in India (see for the first edition: link)! We are looking for Bachelor (final stage), Master & PhD students and fresh graduates with maximum 5 years of working experiences from India and abroad. Register for this Wetskills event via this website!
Deadline for applications: 15 August 2019. (Afterwards every week a selection of the new applications till the program is full. (First Come, First Served))
The participation fee for (international) participants without accommodation in Delhi is € 125,- (excl. VAT). This participation fee includes accommodation, teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings, working venues and Finals & Awarding Ceremony. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals, drinks and other personal costs.
For local applicants who have accommodation in Delhi, the participation fee is € 20,-. It includes all above arrangements, except for the accommodation in Delhi.
During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).
A very important aspect for a successful clean up of a drain is community development. Having just “end of pipe solutions” isn’t enough as there is no awareness on water at a grass root level. Therefor public needs to become aware on what is happening at the drain and learn more about the different aspects of water and circular solutions that of course fit in their daily needs. This is not just a matter of creating a physical attractive venue but also finding ways of getting public involved (citizen science), like setting up a community for example where mentoring is part of the system or getting public involved by gathering data so that they directly contribute for rejuvenating the drain. How can the WETLAB become a dynamic place with public involvement to stimulate cleaning the Barapullah Drain?
The WETLAB is focusing on wastewater technologies and reuse. This is just one part of the puzzle. What else is needed on innovative technologies to rejuvenate the drain: Technologies for monitoring & sensoring, removing solid waste, waste water technologies for upstream pollution and technologies for climate adaptation like water storage and rain water harvesting? How can we design an integrated approach for rejuvenating the Barapullah Drain based on these aspects and make it climate proof?
A WETLAB as testing facility has the potency to inspire people from all generations. The current temporary venue of the WETLAB is not attractive to inspire citizens to come, although it is located in a green area, even marked as nature reserve downstream. How can the WETLAB become an attractive place for public and schools in the nearby area so that they get a better understanding on water and circular issues? What kind of experiments can they do and how to transform the current venue into an attractive “experience center”?
A WETLAB testing facility is a great vehicle to stimulate applied research, leading to development of new products, marketing these products and creating of start-ups. Also existing businesses can use a WETLAB to test and pilot their technologies in the Indian practice. There are many examples worldwide how such testing facility work under which goals and circumstances. How can the WETLAB at the Barapullah Drain in India create such an an atmosphere that Indian, Dutch and European companies will come over to the site and start piloting and testing?