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What

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.

Who

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.

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. Participants may enter in one of the following categories:

  • Individuals or groups of individuals: individuals, teams, communities or NGOs with majority of members over 25 years of age
  • Youth or Schools: pupils or youth under the age of 25
  • Enterprise category: established small, medium and large companies
  • Researcher category: individuals and research teams based at universities and research institutes
  • Storytelling: Journalists and individuals reporting on water issues using data and innovative and interactive storytelling methods

Prizes

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.

  • Funding of R20,000 for the winning story
  • Funding of up to R300,000 for implementation of a pilot project, and incubation of your product / business with The Innovation Hub
  • Tablet PCs from technology partners
  • Travel to water events in South Africa to present your innovation to municipalities, water boards and industry.

New prizes will be added over the next few weeks.

Judging

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?

All submissions relevant to the challenge will be judged by a panel consisting of industry experts, government stakeholders and relevant technical specialists. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria listed above.

Depending on the category, the adjudication process may involve more than one step, including the selection of finalists to present to the adjudication panel. If necessary, Skype or telephonic presentations will be arranged.


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. Participants may enter in one of the following categories:

  • Individuals or groups of individuals: individuals, teams, communities or NGOs with majority of members over 25 years of age
  • Youth or Schools: pupils or youth under the age of 25
  • Enterprise category: established small, medium and large companies
  • Researcher category: individuals and research teams based at universities and research institutes
  • Storytelling: Journalists and individuals reporting on water issues using data and innovative and interactive storytelling methods

  • Funding of R20,000 for the winning story
  • R20 000 to the winning youth or school to develop their project
  • Funding of up to R300,000 for implementation of a pilot project, and incubation of your product / business with The Innovation Hub
  • Tablet PCs from technology partners
  • Travel to water events in South Africa to present your innovation to municipalities, water boards and industry.

New prizes will be added over the next few weeks.

All submissions relevant to the challenge will be judged by a panel consisting of industry experts, government stakeholders and relevant technical specialists. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria listed above.

Depending on the category, the adjudication process may involve more than one step, including the selection of finalists to present to the adjudication panel. If necessary, Skype or telephonic presentations will be arranged.

Why #Hack4Water?

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.


Frequently asked questions

Who is organising the challenge?

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 hack4water@dws.gov.za.

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 hack4water@dws.org.za 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 hack4water@dws.org.za or phone 0800 200 200. We will reply to your queries as soon as we can.


Terms & conditions

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.

  • You must comply with the requirements as set out below in order to be eligible to participate in the Challenge for the chance to win a prize.
  • If you do not comply with these requirements as determined by the Organisers in their sole discretion, you shall not be eligible to participate in the Challenge or win any prize.
  • If it is determined after you have participated in the Challenge and have been selected to win a prize, that you do not comply with the requirements as set our below, or with any of the terms and conditions set out herein, you shall be disqualified from receiving any prize.
  • The eligibility requirements are as follows:
    • you must be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa, or employed by an organisation operating in South Africa;
    • If you are younger than 18 years you should be able to provide evidence of consent from a guardian to enter the Challenge.
    • you must not be a director, member, partner, employee, agent of, or consultant to the Organisers or to any person who is directly or indirectly controlled by the Organisers, and you must not be a supplier of goods or services in connection with the Challenge or contracted to the Organisers or its agents;
    • you will need to meet the requirements of the individual categories outlined below.
  • You may enter the Challenge by creating a video and uploading the video to an online platform such as Youtube and submitting the website or URL link to the video via www.hack4water.org.za or by email to hack4water@dws.org.za during the Challenge period. Still images or any other non-video media will not be considered as entries for this Challenge. Videos must be approximately 30 seconds – 2 minutes in length. Videos outside this length may be disqualified in the Organisers’ absolute discretion.
  • The Challenge Period will run from 00:00 on 13 March 2016 to 23:59 on 20 April 2016.
  • No-one will be entitled to participate in the Challenge after the expiry of the Challenge Period.
  • All entries must relate to an innovation or location in South Africa. Entries should demonstrate novelty in the underlying idea or technology, or in how an existing technology is applied.
  • Entries may be at any stage of development including ideas, draft concepts, prototypes, and commercial products or solutions.
  • You may make an unlimited number of submissions.
  • All entries will be reviewed by the Organisers before being made public on the Challenge website. While you are encouraged to be creative in your submission(s), the Organisers reserves the right to disqualify any entry which, in its sole opinion, does not appear to relate to the Challenge; uses copyright content without appropriate permissions or acknowledgement; includes offensive, insensitive, defamatory, or violence-inciting material or which otherwise does not meet any of the requirements as set out in these Terms and Conditions. The Organisers’ decision in this regard will be final and not open to further correspondence.
  • When entering the Challenge via the website www.hack4water.org.za, you accept and agree to make your video and idea publicly available and viewable on the website www.hack4water.org.za.
  • If you would like to submit your video privately, you will not submit via the website, but email a link to your video to hack4water@dws.org.za.
  • Entries submitted via the website will be marked as public and made visible on the Challenge website for visitors to view, comment, vote on and share on social media. In submitting an entry marked as public, you hereby grant to the Organisers an irrevocable, world-wide, transferrable, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, and publish the content to any medium, most notably the Organisers’ websites and social media pages as the Organisers deems fit. You hereby warrant that you have the full and unrestricted right to transfer the content of the entry to the Organisers free and clear of any claims or encumbrances
  • When submitting an entry to the Challenge you represent and warrant that
    • any content you upload does not infringe any copyright, trade mark, property rights, rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party
    • the entry(ies) and content do not violate any law in South Africa
    • the content is uploaded in accordance with any code and / or terms and conditions which apply on relevant video hosting or social media platforms
    • the entry does not infringe on third-party intellectual property rights
    • whether marked as public or private, the entry does not and will not be deemed to contain any confidential information of any kind whatsoever. The Organisers and their partners will not be held liable for any loss of intellectual property.
  • As a Participant in the Challenge you should be aware of your rights and responsibilities with regard to intellectual property. Additional information can be found here and intellectual property queries can be sent to hack4water@dws.gov.za.
  • Five Winners will be chosen in total, one Winner for each main category. The categories are as follows:
    • Individuals or groups of individuals: individuals, teams, communities or NGOs where half/ the majority of the members are over 25 years of age;
    • Youth or schools: pupils or youth where half/ the majority of the team members are under the age of 25;
    • Enterprise category: registered small, medium and large companies;
    • Researcher category: individuals and research teams based at universities and research institutes;
    • Storytelling: Journalists and individuals reporting on water issues using data and innovative and interactive storytelling methods.
  • All entries will be evaluated by a panel of Adjudicators, as established by the Organisers in their sole discretion.
  • The adjudicators will subjectively evaluate the entries to select one Winner for each category.
  • Each Winner will be notified by phone or email as provided in the submission form.
  • All adjudicators’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Each category Winner will receive a prize as indicated on the website.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to award additional prizes throughout the Challenge Period in addition to those listed in these Terms & Conditions, but shall not be obliged to do so.
  • Five different Winners will be awarded a prize for five different entries.
  • The same Participant cannot win twice for submitting two entries.
  • Additionally, if the same entry is submitted more than once, it will only be reviewed once by the judging panel.
  • The Prizes are issued in the name of the Winner and are not transferable or assignable.
  • Prizes may not be sold to a third party whether in whole or in part.
  • Each Winner will be required to present valid identification in order to claim his or her Prize, and satisfy the Organisers that he or she has complied with these Terms and Conditions.
  • If the Organisers make at least three attempts to contact a Winner over a period of seven days, another Winner will be chosen and the Prize will either be awarded to the new Winner or disposed of, at the Organisers’ sole discretion.
  • If any Prize remains unclaimed for a period of 30 days from the date on which any Winner is contacted, then such Prizes shall be deemed to be forfeited by the Winner and the Organisers shall be entitled to dispose of the Prizes as they deem appropriate.
  • Where required by the Organisers, Winners may be required to complete official release forms for the inclusion of the name, profile and photograph of the Winner in media events prior to the receipt of the relevant Prize(s), failing which the Prize(s) may be forfeited and disposed of as the Organisers deem fit.
  • Insofar as additional prizes as referred to above are concerned, such prizes may take any reasonable form or value (to be determined by the Organisers in their sole discretion). In these cases, all other contest mechanics remain in force and as stated in these Terms & Conditions, including the Winner selection process. Details related to these additional prizes, including any restriction on their use, will be communicated to the Winners in a separate prize acceptance letter. If a Winner does not accept the conditions listed in the letter, or is otherwise unable to accept the additional prize for any reason, he or she will forfeit that additional prize and not receive any substitute.
  • The Organisers are respectful of your privacy.
  • Personal information requested of you from the Organisers in connection with the Challenge, including that given in connection with any registration process, may be used by the Organisers for their own internal business purposes. The Organisers reserve the right to send electronic mail to you to inform you about updates to the Challenge process.
  • Personal information provided to the Organisers is not sold, traded, or otherwise delivered to a third party without the permission of the person providing that information.
  • Notwithstanding anything in these Terms and Conditions to the contrary, you consent to the Organisers using your personal data including but not limited to your name, username and personal particulars for the purpose of conducting the Challenge and for the purpose of publicising the Challenge, whether during or after the Challenge Period.
  • The Organisers along with its affiliates reserve the right to publish the names of Winners without prior notice.
  • All taxes and any other costs that may be payable as a consequence of receiving a Prize are the sole responsibility of the Winner.
  • Any costs associated with you entering this Challenge are your responsibility and the Organisers shall under no circumstances whatsoever be liable to you for such costs (including damages, losses, expenses or otherwise).
  • You remain bound by any terms and conditions related to the use of third-party websites, including Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. The provisions in these Terms and Conditions are superior to any provision which is in conflict with the terms and conditions of any third-party website to the extent they relate to the operation of this Challenge.
  • You participate in the Challenge at your own risk. You agree to indemnify the Organisers (and its officers, employees and agents, including the Organisers) against, and hold the foregoing harmless from any damages, liabilities, losses, or expenses incurred or arising directly or indirectly out of the participation in the Challenge, your use or acceptance of any prize, your breach of these Terms and Conditions (including but not limited to any warranty in relation to intellectual property and third party rights), or your negligent or fraudulent act or omission in relation to the Challenge.
  • To the extent permitted by law, the Organisers (including its officers, employees and agents) will not be responsible for any acts of God, acts of terrorism or war (declared or undeclared), state of emergency, disaster, technical failures, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, computer viruses or other events beyond the control of the Organisers which affect the proper conduct or administration of the Challenge, or prevent the awarding of a Prize in accordance with these Terms & Conditions. If any such events occur, the Organisers reserve the right in their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge.
  • To the extent permitted by law, the Organisers may terminate or modify the Challenge or modify these Terms & Conditions at any time, by posting the revised Terms & Conditions on the website www.hack4water.co.za.
  • The Organisers’ decisions are final and binding in all respects on all participants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Challenge is governed by the laws of South Africa.
  • The Organisers can be contacted via hack4water@dws.gov.za.