Participants will create and submit a 2-5 minute video showcasing their #hack4water, which could be a big idea, solution, commercial product, community initiative, school project, home solution, inspiring what story, app or online tool, research paper, invention, awareness campaign, cool water-related song or dance or anything that addresses water and sanitation challenges in South Africa.
Hack4Water is a nationwide campaign seeking innovative technologies, stories and ideas from all sectors of society. To be eligible for the competition, individuals, groups of individuals, youth or schools and journalists participating must reside in South Africa. In the Researcher and Enterprise category, submissions will be accepted from individuals, teams and enterprises based outside of South Africa only if the research topic or enterprise is implemented within the country.
All category winners below will receive one month of marketing visibility provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation as part of their nationwide water awareness campaign. This will include print and online media placements, as well as radio and television slots with media partners - Sunday Times, SAFM and 5FM amongst others.
In addition, category winners as well as finalists will share various other prizes.
Impact: Is the proposed innovation likely to have an impact on water sustainability and/or people’s lives within a specific community and across South Africa?
Innovation: How new is the idea to a community, region or to the country?
Feasibility: Can the idea be implemented and scaled-up relatively easily?
It’s hard to imagine water as a scarce resource when it’s there at the turn of a tap.
The reality is that South Africa’s water sources are running low, with a severe drought resulting in five of our nine provinces being declared disaster areas.
It is time to realise that water scarcity is no longer a government problem, with the knock on effect of the drought forecast to negatively affect food production, employment and inflation at citizen level.
The Department of Water and Sanitation and Open Government Partnership have launched a national campaign calling South Africans to Hack4Water and submit innovative solutions to South Africa’s water challenges.
We all consume water, therefore the only way to address these challenges is for government and civil society to work together to reduce our water usage promote water saving.
What is your hack4water? Show us here.
Hack4Water is being organised by the South African Department of Water and Sanitation in partnership with the Open Government Partnership South Africa.How do I enter the challenge?
You can only enter the challenge by creating a video, uploading it to the Internet (e.g. YouTube) and linking to it on the application form at the www.hack4water.org.za home page or sending the link by email to email@example.com.When is the deadline for submitting an entry?
Entries close on at 23h59 on 06 June 2016.Who is allowed to enter the challenge?
Any person, group of individuals or organisation based in South Africa is eligible to enter the challenge. Submissions from non-South African researchers will be accepted provided the projects are implemented in South Africa and from Non-South African entreprises provided they have a branch in South Africa. Entrants should fit into one of the categories mentioned on the home page. Individuals, relatives of individuals or organisations involved in running the challenge are not allowed to enter.Can someone else see my idea and copy it?
If you are submitting your concept as a video for publishing on www.hack4water.org.za then your idea will be open for the general public to see, and other people can copy the idea. If you believe your idea has strong commercial potential and you want to prevent others from copying it, then you should consult with an intellectual property (IP) specialist at one of the law firms in South Africa before making it public. You can also check the different options for protecting your ideas on the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission IP website or here.Can I remove or resubmit my entry?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the withdrawal of your entry to have it removed. If you would like to resubmit an edited entry you will need to request removal and complete the upload and link again.How do I contact the challenge organisers?
The competition organisers can be contacted via email@example.com or phone 0800 200 200. We will reply to your queries as soon as we can.
These Terms and Conditions relate to the Hack4Water Challenge (“the Challenge”) organised by the Republic of South Africa Department of Water and Sanitation and Open Government Partnership South Africa (“the Organisers”). By participating in the Challenge, each participant (“you”, “your”) agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.