Senior Category (15 – 18 years old) 1st Place Winner – UAE representative to the Stockholm Junior Water Prize: Sinchana Hiremath – GEMS Our Own English High School, Dubai Water issue – Plastic Pollution Innovative solution – Ceasing Microbeads Invasion: A movement for responsible consumerism in high schools to raise awareness on the detrimental effect of microbeads pollution, combined with …
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Welcome Challenger! Are you a school student between 8 and 18 years old? Participate and lead the way to water innovation in the UAE and beyond. Water Alliance has teamed up with Emirates Environmental Group to offer students across the seven emirates an even greater challenge. Join us, and make a difference to the world! REGISTER HERE The RE-NEW Our …
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1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water at home. Women and children walk an average of 6 Km to collect water from sources several times a day. Two-thirds of the world’s population could face water shortages by 2025. Water scarcity can affect everyone in this planet, regardless if you are in a develop or a developing country. What can we do …
Check out the RE-NEW Our World 2022 Challenge edition!
First Edition Highlights
Re-New Our World aims to enable youth to think positively and creatively about the future of water. The inaugural challenge launched in February 2021 to mark UAE’s National Environment Day. The competition was open to anyone living in the UAE within the ages of 8 – 18. Water Alliance received entries from students at 18 different schools across 3 Emirates (Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi) in this inaugural year. There were over 600 enrollments in sixteen curated workshops on the topics of water scarcity, water access & treatment, innovation and public speaking to inspire the students to dream up their own unique solutions to any of today’s water challenges. In the first selection round, 16 finalists were identified and mentored by professionals to enhance their ideas.
Water Alliance asked these young, inquisitive minds to rise to the task of solving local or global water issues. This is no small feat but over 130 students stepped up and took on the mission of finding innovative solutions to improve the way we access, treat or distribute water. Some students addressed water scarcity with novel ideas to locate or collect water while others focused on reducing wastage at home, in school or in agriculture. Still others tackled the water pollution conundrum with creative ways to clean the ocean, repurpose litter or to eliminate the root cause of plastic bottle pollution altogether.
An eminent jury of seasoned executives from our partner companies were called upon to review the final video pitches and select the top two winners from the three age categories (8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, and 14 to 17 years). While students in the older category came up with the most innovative and holistic solutions, the youngest students were passionate participants with the highest number of entries.
As Edurne Gil, Program Director, Water Alliance, explains, “We believe that young inquisitive minds can unlock innovative ideas to address today’s water challenges and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” The mentors were highly impressed by the quality of submissions. Hala Mesmar, Sales Engineer, Xylem said, “It has been a pleasure to see young minds coming together to solve the challenging issue of water scarcity, and the many issues that dove-tail from it. The unique solutions designed by each student have been a refreshing reminder that such an abundance of knowledge lies within our youth, and we are excited to see these ideas developed to their full potential.”
The finalists all presented worthy ideas and demonstrated their clear understanding of global challenges like water security. Designating the first-place winners from a pool of such talented, visionary and passionate youngsters was a challenge in itself. Vitor Maia, General Manager MENCA, Electrolux noted that “it’s been a very big responsibility to judge the entries knowing how much time and effort the kids have put on it. We believe that they are all winners, as will be our planet when such imaginative and caring stewards take over the reins.”
Taking first place among the students aged 8 – 10 years old is Isha R Nair from Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba with her nature-inspired project about domestic waste water recycling. The winning submission in the 11 – 13 year old category goes to Sashini Manikandan from Delhi Private School Sharjah for an entry tackling the root cause of plastic pollution with the QR Code enabled Water Kiosk solution. The 14-18 year old category was taken by Aliyah Fazal from American Community School of Abu Dhabi who designed the water saving, universal fit Eco Tap that also repurposes plastic waste as her winning submission. Congratulations to all the finalists for their monumental effort to contribute innovative ideas to solving global and local water challenges that can restore our Earth.
The Challenge was supported by our Gold Champions: Electrolux, Mas Paints, Xylem; Silver Champions: Droople, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group; Bronze Champions: Farnek Services, Media One Hotel and No More Bottles; and our Knowledge Partners: Manipal University Dubai, Murdoch University Dubai, Project Maji, and The Bedrock Program.
Through this annual challenge, Water Alliance seeks to support young students with knowledge and tools that can empower them to positively influence others and bring about a sea-change in the way we all value water.
First Place Winners:
The first place winners received a check of 3,000 dirhams to be used for a water efficiency project at their school.
First Place Winner – Age Category: 8 – 10 Years Old | Isha R Nair from Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba
First Place Winner – Age Category: 11 – 13 Years Old | Sashini Manikandan from Delhi Private School Sharjah
1st Place Winner – Age Category: 14 – 18 Years Old | Aliyah Fazal from The American Community School of Abu Dhabi
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