Water Innovation Challenge Set For Singapore International Water Week
WorldSkills Foundation’s Water Innovation Challenge — supported by the World Plumbing Council — will bring together a group of international, multi-discipline teams of plumbers and engineers under the age of 26 to participate in a series of hands-on design challenges and practical tasks.
This intense competition runs from June 3-5, 2014, with teams that will develop a series of real and innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in two developing countries: Nepal and Bangladesh. Solutions created during the Water Innovation Challenge will go on to be implemented by the winning team in either of Nepal and Bangladesh ‘Sanitation Studio’ programs — a partnership between Australian NGO Healthabitat and WorldSkills Foundation.
Design toolkits created by these teams will also be made available for other NGOs or international development organizations for further use in their own plumbing and sanitation development works around the world. By taking part in the inaugural event, teams will demonstrate that an idea combined with the necessary technical knowledge and hands-on ability can take a young plumbing apprentice anywhere in the world, where their skills can really make a difference.
The Water Innovation Challenge will be hosted from June 3-5, 2014, in the Central Amphitheatre at ITE College East (Institute of Technical Education), Singapore; a co-located event of Singapore International Water Week (June 1-5, 2014).
The Challenge will be further complimented by a showcase of new Virtual 3D Learning tools created as part of the WorldSkills Foundation–ITE Singapore Innovation Lab project: Virtual Reality training applications for Plumbing and Sanitation, designed for the use of more than 500 students in the Higher Nitec Facilities Management courses across ITE.