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The development of coasts and ports is of national importance to both Indonesia and the Netherlands, securing economic growth and offering safety against floods for millions of people.

Given these are typically large-scale infrastructural projects, often taking place in densely populated areas, the development of ports and coasts is likely to have significant impact on people and the environment.Jakarta Bay concept

Inevitably, there will be advantages and disadvantages to any such project, but the goal is to plan and design integrated solutions that achieve the best possible outcome for all key stakeholders - People, Planet & Profit.

This first edition of the Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge invited students to explore opportunities for such integrated solutions, focusing on Jakarta Bay.


Within the main theme, four “Challenges” were defined, each focusing on a specific dimension that represents an important opportunity for innovative solutions. Each "Challenge" was executed by a team from one of the participating universities and supported by one of the lead partners:

Challenge 1: Working on Water
Fishing VillageThousands of people need access to coastal waters to earn a living, such as with fishery, sea farming and local shipping.  We will explore what is needed for these people to benefit from the development of Jakarta Bay by exploring nature-driven design for fishing grounds, ecotourism or local shipping.

Team: ITS Surabaya
Lead Partner: Royal HaskoningDHV

Challenge 2: Building on Water
Building on WaterThe development of Jakarta Bay will change the allocation of space for people living on or near the water. We will explore opportunities provided by new coastal and port infrastructure for innovative residential and commercial development (houses, offices, etc.).

Team: Universitas Gadjah Mada
Lead Partner: BAM International

Challenge 3: Living on Water
Living DikeProtecting Jakarta against the sea is likely to require large-scale flood defence infrastructures such as dikes and dams. We will explore how these constructions in Jakarta Bay can offer additional opportunities, e.g. for recreation and transport.

Team: Institut Teknologi Bandung
Lead Partner: Deltares

Challenge 4: Building with Water
Sand MotorPreservation of nature is a key concern for any coast and port development. We will explore an approach whereby Jakarta is protected against the threat of flooding and utilizes natural forces to its advantage.

Team: Universitas Hasanuddin
Lead Partner: Van Oord



Launch Dutch Prime Minister Rutte

The first edition of the Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge was officially launched during the visit to Indonesia by Dutch PM Mark Rutte. He personally wished the students teams good luck as they started working on their assignments. The teams presented themselves on-stage during the seminar attended by more than a hundred representatives from the Indonesian and Dutch water sectors. For the two following days, the teams worked at the offices of their mentor companies, outlining the initial ideas and preparing their projects.

Launch PM Rutte

Finals & Award Presentation during NCICD Expert Meeting

After 3 months of hard work, the team were invited to present their solutions during the NCICD expert meetings in Jakarta to an audience of more than 200 hundred water experts from Indonesia and the Netherlands. The proposed solutions were very well received and lively discussion followed each of the presentations. The full presentations can be found on the BlueSpring community platform.



The submissions and presentations were judged by an expert jury, chaired by Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, Director General of Spatial Planning at the Ministry of Public Works. After Dr. Basuki announced the ITB team as the winners with their innovative Integrated Floating Village concept, the awards were presented to all teams by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and th Environment, Mrs. Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

Final 2014 Award

“When asked if I’d like to develop my idea - of course I said “YES!”. I’d never been to Europe, or worked with smartphone applications, or worked with a Dutch company – I was terrified! Fortunately, everyone was very welcoming. I was amazed at the effort they put into making me feel welcome”
Kevin Loh, Winner Australia 2011
Kevin Loh, Winner Australia 2011
“It was a great experience for us, as Indonesia's young generation, to contribute our ideas for the development of Jakarta Bay. We learn a lot from the Dutch companies and how they think about solutions, which is much more than only engineering. It brought us to a better understanding about Indonesia, our beloved country.”
Aldea Permatasari Firdhaus, Amalia Handini Astari, Mochammad Imron & Aulia Fatwa Farizqa, Winners Indonesia 2014
Aldea Permatasari Firdhaus, Amalia Handini Astari, Mochammad Imron & Aulia Fatwa Farizqa, Winners Indonesia 2014
“The Holland Water Challenge brought me confidence and belief that an innovative idea is more important than gold. When preparing for the final, I spent days and nights to scheme a novel living-style with less carbon and safe water. So Many Thanks to my Dutch Friends, and Wish Our Friendship Forever!”
Li Xiang, Winner China 2010
Li Xiang, Winner China 2010
“An idea is like a projectile. Without a suitable catapult, it is just any ordinary stone incapable of making serious impact. In my case, the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge was the perfect platform to launch my idea.”
Victor Sim, Winner Singapore 2012
Victor Sim, Winner Singapore 2012
"We're looking forward to making the most of the opportunity to take our idea to the next level and implement what we believe will be a valuable tool for the water industry and emergency services, both in Australia and internationally. Thanks to Holland Water Challenge for organising and supporting the program!"
Dan Peade & Paul Munro, Winners Australia 2013
Dan Peade & Paul Munro, Winners Australia 2013
"The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge really helped us use our knowledge to make a little difference on the issues of water reclamation. The award ceremony was great. The trip to Singapore was also very vauable. We would like to let other students know such a good competition!"
Leng Ling, Fan Jingyu, Wu Junhao & Lu Ka Kit, Winners Singapore 2013
Leng Ling, Fan Jingyu, Wu Junhao & Lu Ka Kit, Winners Singapore 2013
"The Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge offers a great opportunity for young people to make an impact in the area of climate change and disaster resilience. We are thankful to have had this wonderful experience."
Tracey Lloyd & Tom Perfrement, Winners Australia 2015
Tracey Lloyd & Tom Perfrement, Winners Australia 2015
"We love every second of the program and always remember the time being with the program as one of the greatest memories through student life. I hope to see you again with another challenges and programs. We have the youth and capabilities and what we need is a chance to prove it."
Pann Ei Ei Phyoe, Winning Team Myanmar 2016
Pann Ei Ei Phyoe, Winning Team Myanmar 2016