2014 EWB Challenge Awards

In 2014, the EWB Challenge program collaborated with Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) to crowd-source student engineering design solutions to address basic access needs in the representative hill-top village of Sandikhola in the Gorkha District of Nepal.

Nepal Water for Health is an NGO working towards access to clean drinking water, hygiene promotion, and sanitation (WASH).   NEWAH achieves this by working closely with communities in 51 districts across the country, by building people’s capacity to realise their rights to water and sanitation, and increasing access to the required infrastructure to deliver this.

Almost 8,000 students from 33 universities in Australia and New Zealand participated in the EWB Challenge in 2014, creating solutions across a range of areas nominated by the community in Sandikhola including:

  • household ventilation, weatherproofing and lighting;
  • protection of water sources, toilet design, rainwater harvesting, water purification, women’s health and sanitation, insect management, lime build up and water quality;
  • alternative energy supply, cooking technologies, energy for pumping water, a watermill;
  • sludge and solid waste management, waste as energy, composting;
  • vertical systems for goods transportation, road maintenance andmanagement, management of humans and livestock;
  • automated data recording, community monitoring systems, programs for life cycle cost calculation, data security;
  • food security, disaster preparedness & response, insect management, organic pesticides for agriculture

Top university student teams presented their work at regional showcases, and national finalists event.

Awards at EWB Challenge Finalist Showcase

EWB Challenge Champion Team Award for best overall student project: Massey University
Report: Affordable Cookstove for Sandikhola

BHP Billiton Award for best sustainable design and community development project: The University of Melbourne
Report: The TOM Box and Education Facilitation Scheme