This is how young people would solve the problem of the global water crisis.
The waves of the Danube and the closeness of water created an suitable atmosphere for the intensive, 24 hour-long Aquathon idea competition. Twelve teams, young startups, university and college students, and graduates worked at an intense pace aboard the TRIP Ship, the innovation challenge of Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation and Design Terminal.
Competitors had to come up with a digital solution that would make individual water usage more efficient for citizens. During the 24 hours, the teams listened to an inspirational lecture, took part in a pitch workshop, refined their ideas with the help of mentors, and finally presented them to an expert jury.
Third place went to the team called “4 waterdrops enough”, whose solution would be to collect the gray water, i.e. used bathing water, for example, and transfer it to the toilet tank for secondary use. According to the jury’s assessment, it is a highlight that they came up with an idea that is surprisingly simple and can be easily disseminated to a wide range of the population.
Second place went to “Big Fishes”: their underwater vehicle identifies damage to reservoirs without having to drain the water in them unnecessarily. The jury rewarded them for dealing with the utility network, for which water management in the future will be a major challenge.
The winner is team “BIGger Together”: they brought an innovative, simple and widely branded product to the problem of invisible water. The application shows the user how much water the product they are about to buy has been made with. The jury emphasized that their solution was simple, yet extremely effective in shaping attitudes.
The top three finalists were enriched with valuable prizes, and team “Big Pipes” were offered additional mentoring. They created sensory probes to prevent pipe breakage, pipe damage and water leakage.