Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is an exciting new part of EWB-UK which aims to support the development of ideas that aid development.  There are two main parts of the Innovation Hub: The Hub and The Competitions.

NEW: Competition: Before the well runs dry DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31ST DECEMBER!!

The Hub is for anyone with ideas, however weird and wonderful, which could aid development.  If you have an idea for a social enterprise or have developed a new solution to a technical problem that the world should know about, we want to hear from you! The Innovation Hub team offers support and guidance to people with ideas to make sure that they reach their full potential.  Find out more about Hub here.

NEW: The Hub is looking for International Partnerships, click here for info


The Competitions pose questions related to one of EWB-UK’s Communities of Practice which teams are challenged to solve.  Prizes, funded by our partners, are awarded to the best entries.  These prizes take the form of funded internships to further develop the ideas from the competition entry. Find out more about The Competitions here.

NEW: Competition: Before the well runs dry DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 31ST DECEMBER!!

Engineers Without Borders UK and Hydrogeologists Without Borders UK announce a joint competition seeking ground-breaking innovations for improving current water level monitoring methods. The competition, open to all, encourages young engineers to design cost-effective technologies to measure water levels in boreholes and wells. 
The deadline for registration is the 31st December. A introductory workshop led by Professor Richard Carter and Peter Dumble will be held on 5th November. It will later also be available on-line.
Prospective applicants are asked to join the workspace on the EWB-UK website in order to download and complete the registration form. Full details are available at the Engineering for Change website
The collection of accurate water level data is necessary for the effective management of groundwater sources. 3.4 billion people currently relies on groundwater resources. However, the collection of reliable water level data is hindered by the existing methods and equipment. Dip meters and pressure sensors are currently the two most common types of equipment. Both are difficult to maintain and deploy in developing countries due to the expense and difficulty of manufacturing equipment and training local communities to manage them.
The competition, jointly run by EWB-UK and HWB, seeks to develop new, more sustainable and cost-effective alternatives. In doing so, applicants will tackle a variety of challenges that face such a large-scale issue. 
The winning design team will be awarded a £1000 cash prize plus an opportunity to work with product design company to take their idea forward to prototype with a view to test its suitability for manufacture. Runners up will also be awarded £1000 worth of prizes. 
The competition is sponsored by Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), Peter Dumble Hydrogeology and Creactive Design, who will also be judging the competition alongside Professor Richard Carter. Creactive Design will be supporting the overall winner by taking forward a prototype of the winning concept to test its suitability for manufacture.

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