Brisbane/Amsterdam, 15 May 2013
The 2nd Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge kicked-off under the theme Australia Water Smart. The Australia-wide campus promotion campaign was launched at the University of Queensland today, attended by more than 30 students from the IWC Masters of Integrated Water Management program.
Buiding on the success of last year, the Challenge aims to actively engage young talent with the cooperation between the water sectors of Australia and the Netherlands.
A key area in which Australia and the Netherlands are interested to work together is building a strong information chain for water and climate related problems. This chain consists of data collection, data processing, data storage, data analysis and modelling and the development of smart applications to support decision-making for water managers, policy makers, citizens, farmers, etc.
Several cooperative initiatives are already underway between Australian and Dutch organisations to establish this information chain, building on platforms such as HydroNET (www.hydronet.com) and Delft-FEWS (www.delft-fews.com).
The Challenge is inviting ideas that focus on two specific dimensions of this information chain:
(1) The collection of data through social media (crowd-sourcing), and
(2) The development of smart decision-support applications (water apps)
More details and the Call for Entries at: www.hollandwaterchallenge.nl/Australia
The 2nd Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge is an integral part of the joint market strategy of the Dutch water sector under the Partners for International Business (PIB) program, supported by: