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Celebrate World Water Day 2019 with EWB-DK

- Join the Techvelopment Spring

Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. How can high-tech be used to improve the lives of the billions of people who are still living without safe water?

Engineers Without Borders Denmark (EWB-DK) has joined forces with Techvelopment Spring, a campaign project by IDA, DTU, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UN City Copenhagen to celebrate the UN World Water Day 2019 with an event, where all interested are welcome.

Join us to get inspired by the latest WASHtech - high-tech solutions in water supply, and how they can be used in a development context. Speakers will be introduced at the Facebook event and EWB-DK website. The final programme will be sent to all registered participants prior to the event.

This event is enabled by a cooperation with The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Time: Thursday March 21st at 5-7:30 pm. From 5 to 5:30 pm there will be arrival and registration.

Place: Eigtveds Pakhus sal 3, Strandgade 25G, 1401 Copenhagen K

Sign up (Google Form)

See programme (pdf)

Speakers: 

  • Gernot J. Abdel, HelloScience.io will be speaking at World Water Day: “Help Bright Ideas Turning Into Sustainable Solutions”. Helloscience.io is a digital & live community offering sharing, mentoring & collaboration. Learn how we together with our partners Grundfos & Climate-KIC’s Nordic support citizens, startups & NGOs believing in a greener future. Hear about our recent collaboration event HelloScience Lab in Bangalore to “Reimagine the Future of Urban Water”.
    Gernot is one of the founding members behind HelloScience, and mentoring and accelerating science is nothing new to him. As a mentor at IndieBio, the world’s leading life science accelerator, Gernot helps to bring game-changing bioinnovations to market. He works as a Science Manager at Novozymes, developing new bioactive solutions, scouting for disruptive technologies and driving innovation practices. With his experience working collaboratively across different scales and tech categories he is engaged from early Start-ups, Citizen Science to Product-development projects with Novozymes customers like Procter & Gamble. He earned his PhD in Plant Biotechnology at Free University of Berlin and has 15+ years industry experience.
    Learn more about HelloScience.
  • Lena Warming, Head of Commercial Services, Water Division, Kamstrup will be speaking at World Water Day! Kamstrup develops and produces innovative solutions for measuring energy and water consumption. In 2016, Kamstrup won a public tender in Ghana - at Ghana Water - on 40,000 smart water meters with an accompanying unloading solution. Subsequently, they have supplied an additional 40,000 meters. These deliveries are part of a greater effort to reduce water waste and increase earnings through more accurate metering of consumption. Kamstrup is the world's leading manufacturer of advanced and innovative measuring equipment for water and district heating supplies and one of the leading European suppliers of intelligent electricity meters and other equipment for the electricity sector.
    Kamstrup employs over 1400 employees in +20 countries with headquarters in Stilling between Aarhus and Skanderborg. Lena has a commercial linguistic background and have worked at Kamstrup for 11 years - partly in marketing functions and the last 4 years as Head of Commercial Services in the Water Division. In this function, she has the responsibility for market development on the African continent.
    Learn more about Kamstrup.
  • Kjeld Jensen, Associate Professor at University of Southern Denmark and project manager in Engineers Without Borders Denmark will be speaking at World Water Day! He will be talking about how EWB-DK Monitors water towers in rural villages in Sierra Leone using Internet of Things technology. 
    Failures of water supply systems in the least developed countries is a well known problem. As an example in Sierra Leone a mapping of 28,845 water points in 2012 showed that 18% were broken down, 14% were functional but partly damaged, and the rate of damage rises rapidly with water point age. Monitoring initiatives by national governments or post-project monitoring by NGO's provide an important mitigation, however the monitoring setup is challenging and resource demanding and the data quality is often questionable. In January 2018 Engineers Without Borders Denmark (EWB-DK) launched a pilot project on developing and testing low cost Internet of Things (IoT) technology for automatic monitoring of water points. Five months later the first EWB Monitor prototype was installed at a water tower in a remote village without GSM coverage. By now three monitors have been installed at water towers reporting the daily water consumption and any observed problems, and three more are currently being installed. EWB-DK is seeking to scale the technology to cover significant more water towers and is also looking into monitoring of hand pumps. Kjeld Jensen will present the findings and lessons learned from this project.

See invitation (pdf)

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